Botanical Watercolor: Illustrating Art and Science

A course by Julia Trickey
Botanical Artist . Bath, United Kingdom.
Joined October 2021
, Botanical Artist

Learn to transform everyday subjects like fruit into realistic botanical portraits by combining observational drawing with contemporary watercolor techniques

  • 205 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to transform everyday subjects like fruit into realistic botanical portraits by combining observational drawing with contemporary watercolor techniques



  • Available from June 28, 2022
  • 205 students
  • 24 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Botanical illustration sits midway between art and science: it allows you to capture a particular moment in the lifecycle of a plant, such as its flowers, leaves, fruit, bulbs, or seed heads, in a way that is both artistic and realistic. Botanical artist Julia Trickey specializes in recreating the colors and textures of these subjects. She has exhibited her work all over the world and worked with clients like Royal Mail.

In this online course, she teaches you how to create botanical artwork of your own using watercolors. Learn to paint realistic portraits of fruit from real-life observation or a reference photo, using a combination of artistic techniques. Explore the shapes, textures, and details found in the natural world and portray them with watercolors.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Preparation Exercises
  • U3
    U3. Painting Fruit
  • U4
    U4. Sharing Your Painting
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know botanical artist Julia Trickey. Discover how she turned her watercolor hobby into a full-time career, along with the influences that inspire her and the work she creates.

Dive into the tools and materials needed for the course. Then put them into practice with a range of exercises designed to help you develop your watercolor techniques. Learn to mix and match realistic colors, and paint the different textures found in fruit.

Julia guides you through how to create a realistic drawing of your subject from observation and a photograph, as well as how to transfer it onto watercolor paper. See how to use masking fluid to create white highlights in your work before painting the initial layers of your illustration. Incorporate texture and character into your piece as well as the finishing touches. Then add the background to your painting and make any final adjustments.

Explore ideas for compositions featuring more than one subject. To wrap up the course, Julia shares her advice for framing your work in a way that enhances your painting.

What is this course's project?

Paint an accurate fruit portrait in watercolor, working from a reference photo or from real-life observation.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in watercolors who wants to explore a contemporary style of botanical painting.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required.

In terms of materials, you will need pencils, erasers, a sharpener, paper and tracing paper, watercolor paints, brushes, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


Julia Trickey

A course by Julia Trickey

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Botanical Artist

Julia Trickey is an award-winning botanical artist and tutor based in Bath, England. She grew up in a creative household and loved drawing from a young age, capturing seascapes and the natural world around her. She went on to study at art college and, years later, discovered a passion for botanical art after signing up for a class on the subject while in search of a hobby.

Since then, Julia has exhibited her work both in England and abroad and received awards, including four gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. She also teaches botanical art to others around the world and has been involved in several public art projects. Julia has written articles for national and international art journals and has various self-published guides for botanical artists. She also creates art for clients including Royal Mail and shares her work with over 30K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Preparation Exercises

    • Materials
    • Watercolour Techniques
    • Mixing and Matching Colours
    • Painting Textures
  • U3

    Painting Fruit

    • Observational Drawing
    • Masking Fluid
    • Initial Layers 1
    • Initial Layers 2
    • Adding Textures
    • Finishing Touches
    • Adding the Background and Adjustments
  • U4

    Sharing Your Painting

    • Composition Ideas
    • Framing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Botanical Watercolor: Illustrating Art and Science

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Botanical Watercolor: Illustrating Art and Science. Illustration course by Julia Trickey

Botanical Watercolor: Illustrating Art and Science

A course by Julia Trickey
Botanical Artist . Bath, United Kingdom.
Joined October 2021
  • 205 students