Illustrating Nature: A Creative Exploration

Online course Illustrating Nature: A Creative Exploration by Laura McKendry

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Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to paint watercolors inspired by the natural world, as well as those who want to explore non-traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, ink, colored pencils and more.

What you need

Previous experience with painting or watercolors is not required to take this course; just an open mind and a desire to experiment.

You will need a watercolor set (minimum of 12 colors), brushes in a range of sizes and shapes, watercolor paper, and a cup or jar for washing brushes. You may also find it helpful to have unusual types of paper, colored pencils, a dip pen, India ink (black and other colors) and fountain pen ink, and some rubber painting tools (for use with masking fluid). You may also find it helpful to have masking fluid, pastels, and other color materials.


Course overview
18 Lessons (4h 25m)
16 downloads (10 files)
22 exercises
Course Final Project
U1: Introduction
About Me
Influences and Inspiration
Make Mistakes, Overcome Fear
U2: Letting Go
Play with Ink 1
Play with Ink 2
Play with Ink 3
Explore Watercolour & Coloured Pencil 1
Explore Watercolour & Coloured Pencil 2
Experiment with Mixed Media
U3: Inspired by Nature
Collect and Draw Nature…
…From Life 1
…From Life 2
…Out and About
…From Photos and Videos 1
…From Photos and Videos 2
U4: Bringing It All Together
Illustrate with Watercolour and Coloured Pencils
Apply Ink Techniques to Illustration
Build an Image with Mixed Media
Final Project
  • 18 Lessons (4h 25m)
  •  16 Additional resources (10 files)
  •  Online and at your own pace
  •  Available from the app
  •  Audio: English
  •  Subtitles: EnglishSpanishPortugueseGermanFrenchItalian
  •  Level: BEGINNER
  •  Unlimited access forever
  •  Certificate upon completion of the course
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