Botanical Animal House: Watercolour, Ink and Graphite

A course by Violeta Hernández
Illustrator and designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2016
, Illustrator and designer

Illustration techniques inspired by nature and femininity

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (335)
  • 5120 students

Illustration techniques inspired by nature and femininity



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (335)
  • 5120 students
  • 20 lessons (5h 0m)
  • 13 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


If something characterizes the work of Violeta Hernández - graphic designer and illustrator specialized in watercolor - it is the constant presence of the female figure that, in numerous occasions, is also accompanied by exotic flora and fauna. This imaginary that shapes the work of Violeta marries perfectly with the technique of watercolor for its delicate and unexpected touch.

In the course Design and illustration of a Fanzine , Violeta taught you how to embark in a self-published editorial project. Now, you will discover all the secrets to use traditional drawing techniques, such as watercolor, ink or graphite, to create your own illustrated botanical animal house.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. materials
  • U3
    U3. Basic principles of drawing and watercolor
  • U4
    U4. Drawing with references and developing our imaginary
  • U5
    U5. Creating our female character
  • U6
    U6. Drawing our landscape with flora, fauna and a character
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing Violeta's work and she will tell you about her influences. In addition, it will tell you what are the materials you will need to make your illustrations, teach you how to use them and give you some recommendations.

To familiarize yourself with the technique, you will perform a series of drawing exercises with graphite, stylus and pen. You will also learn to apply watercolor correctly and combine it with other techniques.

Once you have mastered the tools, you will begin to look for photographic references of flora and fauna for your illustration. Initially, you will base yourself on those references for your drawings, but once you have taken hold, you can draw them from your own imagination to give them a plus of fantasy.

Next, Violeta will explain the techniques she uses to draw the female figure and how to refine the lines to obtain the desired result.

You will create a composition with the three elements: animals, nature and women, and Violeta will give you some advice to do so harmoniously. Once you are satisfied with your sketch, you will apply color with watercolor.

When you have finished your illustration, Violeta will explain how to digitize it, clean it and make small adjustments so that you can use it in all kinds of projects.

What is this course's project?

You will make an illustration with watercolor including three fundamental elements: nature, animals and the female figure.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To illustrators, designers, cartoonists and anyone interested in exploring the technique of watercolor from a fantastic and mythological point of view.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary, since Violeta will explain the whole process from beginning to end.

With regard to materials, you will need pencils, pens, pens, India ink, watercolor, brushes, drawing and watercolor papers and a computer with Photoshop.


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5120 Students
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Violeta Hernández

A course by Violeta Hernández

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Illustrator and designer

What most characterizes Violeta's work, in addition to the mythological and fantasy themes that flood it, is the way in which the Mexican draws them. His strokes follow an organic flow, created by freehand, through which he is able to generate monochromatic landscapes in which he experiments with the transition with transparencies and various combinations of colors. Violeta finds total astonishment in the perfection of nature, from her essence to her form and is constantly trying to create atmospheres in which she would love to live through the characters she creates.

His work has been presented in different galleries around the world, including Monterrey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Detroit, London and Barcelona. And it can also be seen on several digital platforms and print media such as: Picnic, ERRR Magazine, Juxtapoz Latin America, NotCot.Org, NiceFuckingGraphics!, Prison For Young Offenders, Artvvork.com, FormFiftyFive.com, Artvvork.com or Smile in Your Face.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • Presentation
  • U2

    materials

    • Watercolors, brushes and paper
    • Drawing material: graphite, stylus, ink and nib
  • U3

    Basic principles of drawing and watercolor

    • Basic watercolor exercises
    • Exercises of looseness: graphite, stylograph and pen
  • U4

    Drawing with references and developing our imaginary

    • Drawing flora and fauna with our imagination
    • Drawing wildlife with photographic reference
    • Drawing flora with photographic reference
  • U5

    Creating our female character

    • Stylization of female characters
    • Basic sketches of the female figure
    • General review of the female figure
  • U6

    Drawing our landscape with flora, fauna and a character

    • Mapping our illustration
    • Preparing our support
    • Creating our final illustration: fine sketch
    • Creating our final illustration: application of color to the flora
    • Creating our final illustration: application of color to the characters I
    • Creating our final illustration: application of color to the characters II
    • Creating our final illustration: application of color to the characters III
    • Work registration and digitalization
  • FP

    Final project

    • Botanical animator: watercolor, ink and graphite

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Botanical Animal House: Watercolour, Ink and Graphite. Illustration course by Violeta Hernández

Botanical Animal House: Watercolour, Ink and Graphite

A course by Violeta Hernández
Illustrator and designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (335)
  • 5120 students