Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - LOTUS
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Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals - LOTUS

Taking our painting practice into a new subject concretes our learning to this point, and develops new skills beyond
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Created by Heidi Willis
Last updated 7/2018
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This course includes
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • At the end of this course, you will have improved your knowledge and skills in watercolour painting
  • At the end of this course, you will have improved your knowledge and skills in botanical illustration
  • At the end of this course, you will have improved your knowledge and the techniques needed to create paintings of the LOTUS as a subject
  • At the end of this course, you will have a sound familiarity and strategy of how to approach this subject as a painting successfully
  • At the end of this course, you will have reenforced what we have learned in previous 'Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals' tutorials, growing it into new territory again
  • At the end of this course, you will feel a better sense of confidence about creating your own paintings independantly
Requirements
  • This course has no prerequisites other than a healthy attitude and a willingness to learn... the most important ingredients! I do recommend you start with 'STUDIO BASICS', then 'CHASING AUTUMN' and/or 'MAGNOLIAS' to move onto this course.
  • You will need the materials outlined in previous courses, which are itemised again in the Materials section of this tutorial. More can be found on this in the CLASSROOM section of my website
Description

The fourth course in my collection of 'Paint Realistic Watercolour and Botanicals' tutorials focuses on another favourite subject of mine, the utterly elegant, beautiful Lotus. This is a subject you can never tire of or stop learning new things about, and one I am really excited to explore with you... There is truly is something for everyone in illustrating the Lotus, and of course there is no better medium for it than watercolour!

Following the STUDIO BASICS, CHASING AUTUMN and MAGNOLIAS tutorials, LOTUS continues to concrete what we've learned so far in my online painting tutorials and develop and refine our techniques and skills in watercolour painting and botanical illustration further with the exploration of this wonderful subject. This extensive tutorial includes a watercolor techniques exercise section of a lotus bud, a flower and leaf study as our main focus painting and in the NutShell Extension Tutorial, we take a closer look at the striking Lotus Seed Capsule for anyone wishing to explore this subject further.  

From flower and bud, to their gorgeous leaves and its stunning seed capsule, we will learn more about the processes and essential watercolour painting techniques involved in painting each of these elements in a realistic style, from start to completion. Through comprehensive step by step tuition we will explore many aspects and elements of the Lotus plant in depth together, forming strategy, confidence and practical approaches to equip you well to complete some gorgeous paintings of your own.  

Diverse in its complexity from simple, velvety elegance to a delicious, complex tangle of texture, colour, structure and fantastic detail, you will quickly find yourself falling into the rich beauty of this subject just as I have! With wonderful harmonious colours, manageable shapes and areas for us to work with, gorgeous delicate textures and wonderful diversity in its form to explore, the Lotus is a wonderful topic for any artist in any medium to explore, and is an ideal next stop for us on our botanical illustration learning journey together.

Create beautiful single element paintings with our focus subjects, combine the elements to start exploring your own multi element compositions this time, this course is designed to be versatile in and adaptable to your own preferences, level and needs. I invite you to join me here again, so come and paint along with some or all of the course topics as you please, all in your own time and at your own pace... Its such a wonderful way to learn! 

I look forward to helping you to learn, grow and keep you moving forwards on your own painting path, and to share my love of this wonderful, joyful world with you again. 

Ill see you in the wash ~ Heidi





  



Who this course is for:
  • Students at any level can join me on these courses, just jump in an start learning! My tutorials are for those particularly interested in learning realistic watercolour and Botanical Illustration painting techniques.
  • Lovers of watercolour
  • Lovers of nature and natural history painting
  • This tutorial is suitable for those looking to develop and/or improve their watercolour painting skills
  • Students who are interested to learn more about layering, or glazing in their work
  • Anyone interested in finding a beautiful interest with self paced learning
Course content
Expand all 34 lectures 06:30:17
+ Introduction
3 lectures 08:25

Welcome to my next  online 'Paint Realistic Watercolours and Botanicals' tutorial - LOTUS!

Following the STUDIO BASICS, CHASING AUTUMN and MAGNOLIAS tutorials, LOTUS continues to concrete what we've learned so far in my online painting tutorials and develop and refine our techniques and skills in watercolour painting and botanical illustration further with the exploration of this wonderful subject. This extensive tutorial includes a watercolor techniques exercise section of a lotus bud, a flower and leaf study as our main focus painting and in the NutShell Extension Tutorial, we take a closer look at the striking Lotus Seed Capsule for anyone wishing to explore this subject further... Yes thats four substantial subjects covered in all!

From flower and bud, to their gorgeous leaves and its stunning seed capsule, we will learn more about the processes and essential watercolour painting techniques involved in painting each of these elements in a realistic style, from start to completion. Through comprehensive step by step tuition we will explore many aspects and elements of the Lotus plant in depth together, forming strategy, confidence and practical approaches to complete some gorgeous paintings of your own.

Paint one subject, paint them all, create your own composition with the elements, try one of my lotus images provided on the additional reference worksheet Ive included, adapt what I teach you to your own lotus subjects... its time to jump in and enjoy this next step in our learning together! 

Preview 05:00

This A3 worksheet of the full lotus flower and leaf image is ready for you to simply print out and get started with the drawing up process for our MAIN painting for this tutorial. It has already been prepared, composed and sized so it will fit onto out 10x14inch paper/board as recommended in this course.

Also included in this section is an A4 worksheet that includes the 'Lotus Bud and Seed Capsule' images we will be working from in our Lotus Bud Exercises and the NutShell Extension Tutorial section of this course.

The third downloadable attachment in the Materials List and Reference Worksheet section here, includes a full list of materials needed to create paintings in my tutorials.

The fourth relates to the Lotus Seed Capsule Drawing Exercise, and is an additional resource of my own Lotus Seed Capsule Reference images for your personal use in this tutorial. Practice your drawing skills, or have a try at painting them on your own!

Dont forget there are other amazing reference sources you can take advantage of, Paint My Photo is one of several copyright free reference resources available to artists, so get on board there, maybe even contribute some images of your own and enjoy https://pmp-art.com Remember to always honour copyright... Copying other peoples work is not cool, or the way to develop yourself as an artist. There are many ways to keep your work authentic so lets stick to respecting others work and our own :) 

Materials List and Reference Worksheets
00:00
+ Drawing Up!
4 lectures 31:28

Now that were getting further into this work and my tutorials too, I wanted to start revisiting some important areas of the processes I cover with new depth, to build a deeper understanding of the significance and impact of each area in our work, and how we might be able to harness some of these things to improve our painting practices... Its a little food for thought, and perhaps some new perspectives to consider which will perhaps bring new opportunities in the challenges with face, to grow. 

Preview 06:12

This 'Drawing Up - Lotus Bud' lecture walks you through the drawing up process, taking you from reference image to a completed, clean, clear drawing on our watercolour paper/board, ready for us to start painting the Lotus Bud Exercises set out for you. 

Drawing Up - Lotus Bud Exercise
07:07

This 'Drawing Up - Lotus Seed Capsule' lecture walks you through the drawing up process, taking you from reference image to a completed, clean, clear drawing on our watercolour paper/board, ready for us to start painting the Lotus Seed Capsule Exercises set out for you. 

Drawing Up - Lotus Seed Capsule - NutShell Extension Section
04:56

This 'Drawing Up - Lotus Painting' lecture walks you through the drawing up process, taking you from reference image to a completed, clean, clear drawing on our watercolour paper/board, ready for us to start painting the Lotus Flower and Leaf' painting, the focus study of this tutorial.

Drawing Up - Lotus Flower and Leaf Painting
13:13
+ Lotus Bud Exercises - Petals and Stems, A practice run!
6 lectures 01:24:07

This lecture gives you a simple rundown on how to prepare for the Lotus Bud Petals Exercises, including helpful tips on setting up your workspace, reference and palette, as well as looking very simply into our colours, materials and the exercise objectives... It snapshots and clarifies our game plan for our Lotus Petals Exercises, with particular focus on kicking off Layer 1.

Preparation - Lotus Petals Exercises
06:47

Layer 1 looks at wash, creating our base for the lotus bud petals. More important than the final outcome in this bud painting as a whole, are the lessons learned along the way. So what were looking for in this exercise is to see an improvement in some way from petal to petal as you adjust your timing and balances with each practice. Repetition with thought will take you a very long way! 

This exercise our focus is on improving your line work, and on developing texture with timing using just 2 colours as a starting point.  Understanding and harnessing these balances and timing is the key to achieving all outcomes in the watercolour medium, so this Lotus Bud Exercise lecture is all about exploring those intricate balances and getting a better feel for the timing before we step into our finished Lotus Flower painting. 

Petals Exercises - Layer 1 Wash
19:48

Resolving upload issues of lecture 10, in progress... 

Petals Exercise - Layer 2 Glaze - Part 1
18:31

Continuing on with our glazing in the Lotus Bud petals, Part 2 takes you through to the end of painting our mid tone layer

Petals Exercise - Layer 2 Glaze - Part 2
12:28
Lotus Bud Exercise - Layer 3 Dry Brushing
17:27

The Lotus Stem Exercise looks at just that... painting our lotus stem, bringing a close to the Lotus Bud Exercise section of this tutorial. 

Lotus Stem Exercise
09:06
+ Lotus Flower Petals
6 lectures 01:25:20

This lecture takes a quick look at our plan, materials and preparation to get started on our Lotus Flower Petals

Preparation - Lotus Flower Petals
07:00

Stepping out of our Lotus Bud Petals Exercise, we kick off Layer 1 of our Lotus Flower Petals fairly well prepared for the flower task ahead, and ease our way into the first wash of our petals. Part 1 covers our first steps into layer 1 and some of the smaller petal details as we find our feet. The repetition helps us to familiarise ourselves with process and techniques, and to improve our confidence and skill with every attempt. Our colour use shifts slightly from the bud, but the game plan simply picks up where we left off in the exercises and steps us forward into conquering a far more complex painting. This is the first layer, our road map, and yes you CAN do it! 

Layer 1 Wash - Part 1 - Lotus Flower Petals
17:56

Part 2 of our Lotus Flower Petals picks up from the last lecture and takes you through to the end of painting the wash of each petal. As I look at each one individually, Ive broken it into two sections to make sure you have the information you need to create a sound foundation for each one. Once you feel like youre getting the feel of the process, you can work through them more independently as you choose.  

Layer 1 Wash - Part 2 - Lotus Flower Petals
13:53

As we step into the glazing stage of the Lotus Flower Petals, I have simplified the palette for you to just ONE colour to minimise the complexity of the process as much as possible. With our 'road map' in, we continue building up our layers into the mid tones, bringing richness to our wash, form to our flower and life to our painting. There are many layers to work through in this tonal study stage, but dont be concerned as its simply a repetition of the same with each with a little fine tuning as we go. Once you get the concept and approach, you can start practicing this skill set with clear direction towards a better and better outcome with each attempt.  

Layer 2 Glaze - Part 1 - Lotus Flower Petals
16:29

Part 2 takes you through the layers to the end of the pinks and mid tones, increasing in speed through repetition and the cementing of the process.

Layer 2 Glaze - Part 2 - Lotus Flower Petals
14:31

Lotus Petals Layer 3 walks us through the last touches of darks and adds the warm glow and soft blue tinges to our petals. We also tackle the beautiful yellow glow to the heart of the lotus flower in this step to complete our petals - lights, mids, darks and the yellow glow in the centre. 

Layer 3 Dry Brushing - Finishing Our Lotus Flower Petals
15:31
+ Lotus Flower Centre
1 lecture 18:16

Lotus Flower Centre works in our yellow colour family, masking fluid and small brushes to complete the intricate detailing of this lotus element, and in fact, it completes the flower itself. This lecture will also begin to familiarise you with painting our Lotus Seed Capsule in the NutShell Extension section of this tutorial. 

Flower Centre
18:16
+ Painting Our Lotus Leaf
6 lectures 01:24:30

Layer 1 of our Outer Leaf looks at applying our first layer to the outer areas of our lotus leaf. We are working in wash, our lightest colours and tones and laying out some simple direction for our form in this large element. We explore the use of extremely subtle colours shifts in our initial wash this time, working in very light, wet washes, creating new texture as our base, as well as more use of our masking fluid to create our base or road map for our delicate outer leaf.

Outer Leaf - Layer 1
19:53

Outer Leaf - Layer 2 focusses on creating the form and folds we see in the lotus leaf surface by developing the form with tone. This lecture takes you through the layers in our mid tones and prepares your painting for the darks.

Outer Leaf - Layer 2
14:12

Outer Leaf - Layer 3 walks you through the final layers of this area, developing the darks and a little detailing to complete. We are left with just the veins to refine, which we will finish with the inner leaf surface areas in the following lectures. 

Outer Leaf - Layer 3
08:43

The first layer of our Inner Lotus Leaf changes palettes into the exciting bright yellow and gingers of the leaf top surface to create not only a beautiful new element to our painting, but in order to explore a new colour combination, to consider colour relationships between elements better, and for technique practice. 

Layer 1 looks at our foundation layer, our lights and creating a basic yet beautiful 'road map' forwards for this section of our lotus leaf painting. Whilst the outer leaf explored pigment poor washes and glazing, the inner leaf looks at the far more fragile practice of glazing with pigment rich layers. Either way, this leaf was specifically chosen for its beauty, colours, textures, forgivingness and the technique practices it offers so have fun with it, play with the colours and push it only as far as you want to take it! 

Inner Leaf - Layer 1
11:03

Layer 2 of our Inner Lotus Leaf continues the process, shifting tone with our colour palette to develop our mids. 

Inner Leaf - Layer 2
16:23

Layer 3 of our Inner Lotus Leaf takes us through the darks to complete our layers, then onto the leaf veins to wrap up the lotus leaf element of our painting! We are ready for the final step now, moving on to the stems and the end of our study. 

Inner Leaf - Layer 3
14:16
+ Lotus Stems
1 lecture 16:09

With the stunning fading Lotus leaf in, we move on to the last component of our main Lotus Study and create our stems! Oh beautiful stems... Rich tone, colour, working in layers, small areas, texture and this time we play with creating some of the beautiful scarring so typical of the Lotus stems. Of course youll already be stem experts having completed the Lotus Bud Exercise set out for you in the start of this painting tutorial, but now we step it up in our main painting with two stems, one green, one brown. We look at colour families again and talk more about the 'relationships of colour' so important to me in my own work and teaching. Its fun with colour and a wonderful wrap up to our Lotus painting!

Painting Our Lotus stems
16:09
+ The NutShell - Extension Tutorial - Lotus Seed Capsule
6 lectures 58:32

The NutShell Tutorials are extension tutorials based around a specific element, subject, technique or challenge within a larger subject. In this instance we take a closer look at the Lotus Seed Capsule, exploring everything from simple field drawing approaches to painting the seedpod as a complete study... sooo beautiful in itself! 

The NutShell Tutorials - Subjects Under the Microscope
01:16

Many of us struggle with drawing, but no fear! The Lotus Seed Capsule Drawing Exercise looks at a very simple, fun, practical drawing approach to capturing subjects like the lotus seed capsule subject that anyone can try. Use this technique to quickly sketch a field study on the go, or take the time to render the basic drawing into a beautifully finished pencil study... its up to you how you interpret and apply this approach but its a fantastic and effective technique to help get you drawing easily and fast. 

Drawing A Lotus Seed Capsule - Quick Drawing Exercise - Understand Our Subject
13:29

This lecture takes a quick look at whats ahead in painting the Lotus Seed Capsule Top, the subject, variations in this subject as a painting, your materials and colours in order to step into the painting process  

Seed Capsule - Top Introduction
03:47

The seed capsule top is a complex area to create with many components to juggle. This lecture walks you through the process, showing you how to separating these features into manageable steps before bringing them all back into one to complete the top surface of the seed capsule.

Seed Capsule - Top
19:29

Moving into the body of the seed capsule we work with larger areas of wash, creating structure and interest with wet in wet techniques before finishing off with glazing and dry brushing, leaving only the stem to complete this study!  

Seed Capsule - Body
10:41

The final NutShell lecture revisits the now familiar subject of the Lotus Stem, bringing our seed pod study to a beautiful end. 

Seed Capsule - Stem
09:50
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 03:30
Thank you and Happy Painting!
03:30