Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity (Draw 10 New Flowers)

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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13 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Welcome

      2:30
    • 2. Abstract Flower 1

      2:46
    • 3. Abstract Flower 2

      2:09
    • 4. Abstract Flower 3

      2:23
    • 5. Abstract Flower 4

      3:24
    • 6. Abstract Flower 5

      2:16
    • 7. Abstract Flower 6

      1:45
    • 8. Abstract Flower 7

      2:36
    • 9. Abstract Flower 8

      2:42
    • 10. Abstract Flower 9

      2:06
    • 11. Abstract Flower 10

      1:58
    • 12. Using Your Flowers: Create a Bouquet

      6:45
    • 13. Thank You + Have Fun

      0:34

About This Class

Welcome to "Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity!"

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In this class I share a sketchbook activity I use when I want to draw abstract versions of flowers I see in nature.

Through ten short lessons, we will look at a photo reference, consider what changes we'd like to make, and then sketch out our new flower. Each lesson is under three minutes long.

What do I mean by "abstractions of nature?" This means that we will draw flowers that do not look exactly like the reference photo. We will alter each flower's shape, form, lines, texture, or create gestural marks to represent the flower.

Since this is a sketchbook activity, we don't have to shy away from imperfections. Unexpected outcomes are welcome because we can learn from them and experiment further in the future. 

Overall, we'll be drawing 10 new flowers that we otherwise may have never drawn. 

I will also share one example of how you might use these flowers in future projects. You'll have the option of watching me draw a floral bouquet using three to four of the 10 flowers we create. 

SUPPLIES

  • The only supplies you'll need are your favorite sketchbook and pencil.
  • If you would like to draw a bouquet, I used colored pencils.