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Naturalistic Illustration in Watercolor and Gouache

A course by Georgina Taylor , Illustrator

Illustrator. Durban, South Africa.
Joined March 2022

Experiment with textures, shading, lines, and layers to bring to life naturalistic drawings inspired by the world around you using watercolor and gouache paint

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  • 98% positive reviews (167)
  • 6113 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Experiment with textures, shading, lines, and layers to bring to life naturalistic drawings inspired by the world around you using watercolor and gouache paint

A course by Georgina Taylor

Nature is the perfect blend of depth and delicacy. By combining watercolors and gouache, illustrator Georgina Taylor has managed to capture this fine complexity to paint realistic illustrations with a whimsical touch. Her artwork has been printed on packaging for cosmetics and food products, as well as on homeware, stationery, and textiles for brands like Mr Price, Estée Lauder, and Rocksoup. She also illustrated the children’s book Made for each other in collaboration with Templar publishing.

In this online course, learn how to use watercolor and gouache to paint vibrant and highly detailed naturalistic illustrations alongside Georgina. She teaches you the fundamental techniques of each medium and how to seamlessly blend their distinct yet complementary qualities to depict flora and fauna. Draw inspiration from the natural world and bring it to life with paint.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 18 downloads

The Materials
2 minutes, 49 seconds
Setting up the Workspace
3 minutes, 51 seconds
Collecting References
4 minutes, 16 seconds
Thumbnail Sketches
3 minutes, 11 seconds
  • 98% positive reviews (167)
  • 6113 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 44m)
  • 18 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a detailed watercolor and gouache painting of an insect (or animal of your choice) with a botanical background.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn how to paint with watercolor and gouache to create highly detailed illustrations, as well as anybody interested in exploring naturalist painting.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary for this course, but basic notions of drawing and color theory are recommended.

As for materials, you need:

    - Gouache paint and watercolors (pans or tubes)
    - Watercolor paper
    - A variety of brushes
    - A container with water
    - A ruler
    - A pencil and a sharpener
    - A regular and a kneaded eraser


Reviews

6113 Students
167 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Georgina Taylor

A course by Georgina Taylor

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Illustrator

Georgina Taylor is a self-taught watercolor illustrator from South Africa. She grew up surrounded by nature and was constantly drawing and painting as a child, hobbies which she pursued into adulthood. During a gap year in the UK, she discovered the magic of watercolors and continued to experiment with them after returning to South Africa to study jewelry design. During that time, she kept a blog with photos of her sketches, which caught the eye of a local textile designer and led to her first paid commission. Soon after, she opened an Instagram account to promote herself and has been living as a freelance artist ever since.

Her lifelong passion for art and nature—combined with a keen eye for detail—have helped her forge a unique illustration style. Her designs have been printed on packaging for cosmetics and food products, as well as on homeware, stationery, and textiles for brands like Mr Price, Estée Lauder, and Rocksoup. One of her most distinguished projects was illustrating the children’s book Made for each other in collaboration with Templar publishing. She also runs an online store selling original art and prints.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Basic Painting Techniques

    • The Materials
    • Setting up the Workspace
    • Basic Watercolor and Gouache Techniques 1
    • Basic Watercolor and Gouache Techniques 2
    • Botanical Study and Insect Wing Demonstration 1
    • Botanical Study and Insect Wing Demonstration 2
    • Botanical Study and Insect Wing Demonstration 3
  • U3

    Preparation

    • Collecting References
    • Thumbnail Sketches
    • Color
    • Sketching the Project
  • U4

    The Painting

    • Light Washes
    • Building Layers 1
    • Building Layers 2
    • Textures on Foliage
    • Textures on Flowers
  • U5

    Final Touches

    • Details on Insects and Finishing
    • Final Overview
  • FP

    Final project

    • Naturalistic Illustration in Watercolor and Gouache

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Naturalistic Illustration in Watercolor and Gouache. Illustration course by Georgina Taylor Best seller

Naturalistic Illustration in Watercolor and Gouache

A course by Georgina Taylor
Illustrator. Durban, South Africa.
Joined March 2022
  • 98% positive reviews (167)
  • 6113 students