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Achieve a Cactus Line Drawing Illustration

teacher avatar Catalina Navarrete G, Industrial Designer / Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Here is what you need

    • 3. Warm-up exercise

    • 4. Create cactuses with guidelines

    • 5. Create cactuses with guidelines II

    • 6. Break the cactus down into parts

    • 7. Trace the image and replicate it

    • 8. Shade the cactus

    • 9. Project Time

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Achieve a Cactus Line Drawing Illustration

As always, I based my classes content in the fact that everyone in life have different ways to approach tasks depend on the abilities or ways to think and learn in the same way in botanical illustration there are different ways to approach a drawing result. The idea is review 3 different ways to achieve a cactus line drawing illustration so at the end of all the practice you will find with which of the ways are you feeling comfortable or could be a combination of some of the methods.

I designed this class to show three of the ways to illustrate a cactus through simple templates that I specially designed to practice step by step along with me in this class.

1.    The firts one is to create general guidelines first and then follow those to get the great proportions and balance in you cactus.

2.    The second way is to break down the cactus for have a better understanding and then draw it completely.

3.    Finally, the third one is to trace one photo or illustration and capture the most important features of the cactus. Then replicate it.


Throw the course I will be bringing some practice sheets (PDF format to print in resources) that I design to guide you in the steps to approach the drawing from different ways.


1.    Warm Up: We will start with some basic tasks. The purpose of this is to warm up a little bit and get familiarize with the cactus shapes.




1.    Create guidelines: With this template you will have the first try to draw a flower following a guideline then you will learn how to do it by yourself.




2.    Break the cactus down: A practical step by step to understand what exactly mean to break down a cactus.



3.    Practice Sheet: This is a template to practice 2 kind of shading (Stepping, hatching y cross Hatching) before try to shade your drawings you can practice an feel what is the option that works more for your style or for your cactus.




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Catalina Navarrete G

Industrial Designer / Illustrator



I'm Catalina Navarrete from Bogota, Colombia, currently traveling around Asia.


I'm an industrial designer, and I have always loved drawing and traveling. For that reason, I decided to make my passions part of my lifestyle. Now, I'm living in China, a place where I opened my eyes to a new world, and a new way to live; a country where I discovered new inspirations for my illustrations.

I fill my life with adventures and travels, not things. Every illustration has a story to tell. 

I 26 countries and counting I

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. I'm Catalina. I am here to present on your botanical drone cluster. You do your waist, a sheep, a lunge on illustration. As I tell you in other classes, everyone has different ways to learn on a brochure with me. For that reason, I make classes where you can find different ways to achieve they were so useful, depending on the way you are used to learning new things. I would recommend at the beginning, try to learn from other illustrations and drawings, then you can continue your practice we taught us on finally, you can achieve a real life drawings. In this class, our reference will be held at illustrations because it is a soft on their son up to the set at the beginning, the strokes are easy to identify. For this course, I will reuse in song resources like the New York Botanical Garden poster collision pieces. You are also welcome to grow from other images. These can be so helpful for practicing on 43 tons of time. We don't have any real characters within our range. So I designed this class to show you G of the ways to illustrate a cactus simple template that I specially designed to practice a step-by-step. I know with me in this class, we will start with some warm up Rowan different characters in demos. Meanwhile, way to get familiar with the shapes. Then we will continue learning how to draw a cactus from the beginning using guidelines that help us to determine the size and proportion of each cactus. The second way we will learn is to break the gutters down into parts and try to understand each one before you attempt to draw the complete one. Finally, we will learn how to refine your image by adding some details and shading. The idea is that you tried to practice in all the y's. And at the end you show us which one is a right for you. Or you can combine all these techniques and create your own way to draw. Just for this class, I am going to separate them for you to under some bird, but feel free to design your own drawing. But remember, there isn't a single right way to draw. In this class, we will make non-scientific cactus illustration, but an interpretation that is close to the real ones trying to keep this saves on proportions, the closer we can refer to give your artistic interpretation I and this process, it is up to you to determine which side do you want to use. Welcome to this class. I hope you enjoyed. 2. Here is what you need: Alumina lessons we will be using some templates that are designed, especially to learn how to drop ketosis. There are three kinds of templates, each one for one different lesson. The first template are to warm up and get familiar with the campus. This is a stable you can escape the bending on your Revel. I like to start with these because it's the way you are familiar with the cactuses in the most meaningful way. The second one is to learn how to draw cactuses, create guidelines. It is so useful to have an idea of the size and proportion of growing before you start. The third block of statements is to break the characters down. These templates helps you to get familiar with the shape first and replicate them. Then when you understand the shape and structure, you are ready to draw it. The last one is for your shading lesson, where you can use it to experiment with different styles. You will be surprised by the result. You can download them in the resources down below. For this course, we will lead a sketchbook or lose blank paper with them in specification. Through the course, we will be using any pencil for H2, HB or mechanical pain or any person who had is okay, try to use a lighter one. Also an eraser, pencil sharpener, if necessary. Some growing pain, they important is to have two different thickness to create a very result. For all the materials. Keep in mind that the secret is not in the brands or a specific material. They might it is in the actual act of using them. For some exercises we will be using tracing paper or Athena roller brief. It is okay. Now it's time to start. 3. Warm-up exercise: We will start with some basic task. The purpose of this is to warm up a little bit and get familiarized with the country's shapes. If you have some experience drawing, you can skip this step and continue with the next lesson where we had some difficulty of the drawing process. This templates have a very basic cut. The shape. The idea is to draw a form with the lines at the beginning and they tried to do it by yourself. The idea is to consider how you feel on wheat. The idea to join basic but it will be great moment, afraid to make mistakes. I used to know how you feel. These are the student I will give you the first approach. Hi. Okay. This is about success. Yes. Okay. Hi. 4. Create cactuses with guidelines: One of the ways to start a botanical Lencioni's throw guidelines. The idea is to simplify the original photo or illustration that we want to draw into basic shapes as a circle or a squares and divide the most basic structure. And then you will draw the detailed characters inside this. It doesn't matter the organic or complex that the cactuses always possible to see it in a very basic way, as I am showing here. As you see, this is roughly their face shape of some campuses. Now VIA of these is to have a guide about size and proportion. And they tried to draw a secondary shape of our characters inside these guidelines. To have some practice and get familiar with this, we will start using our first assembly or the template you can download down below in the resources section for this lesson, we are going to depend on PennSim. The way to use these templates is so easy. First row or the first line Joe and characters to familiarise yourself with the shapes. We will start with these characters that has a quite simple shape. The idea is to understand completely the shape of this campus, to be prepared to draw it by yourself. In the next step, will you sell it on as a beginner is important to create diamonds, to draw the right proportions and placement of the canvas spot. Then we deny you will be able to draw freehand perfectly without using guidelines. It takes some practice before you get everything into your hand. Now, it is time to practice. You can continue with the second estate or Liga do with the data drives, but don't forget to draw a second one you see there, you only need to follow the same shape that you are looking for. And we'll do it with a pensive to start having more confidence in my lungs. Then in the next step, I will use the to get used to draw with confidence and you start feeling comfortable with the permanent smokes. You can share with guidelines have. As you can see, the basic idea is to find a guide for the compliment and then add some key points in the direction of apposition of their nukes. In this exercise, I got rid of some guidelines. So you have two options. We've got all the guidelines are followed, then you can try to join. You got these guidelines. When you have finished. The first thing we're going to continue with the nephron that is a little bit more complex. Repeat the same steps as before with a downside to use less your pencil and use more European. Flower illustration. You're going to shake out my Skillshare class. There are some small details in the middle, so I will show you how to draw strokes. So here you see in the proportion of the guidelines is important to create guidance to draw derived proportion of placement of the flower. Now we'll determine how many guys and I use. The most. Second way you see, it doesn't matter how strong. He said illustration. Sorry guys. Hi. Hi. As an exercise. Before you continue. 5. Create cactuses with guidelines II: To go one step further, we would take any photo or illustration as a reference and take some tracing paper. The idea is to do exactly a process that they show in the previous lesson. You can defy your basic shapes. Creating the guideline for the strong. Highlight this postcards in the resources below, if you want to use it as our brains. As far as we need to choose our image to lie down the basic problems, the basic elements is probably the most important part of the drawing process because we need to get all the proportional right and might be very tricky at the beginning. When you've finished out and try to draw the cactus as detailed as you want. The most important is to capture this of the cactus under sand, the shape. Later on in this course, we'll learn how to refine our work when we have the structure, finish it. Try to practice this process with different photos or illustration with the time we are going to feel comfortable drawing the cactus, and every time it will be easier to capture range. I'm not taking special care of HA, perfect. And telling the illustration, this is the kind of exercise that you can make every day to get burned. The idea is not straight to a professor and realistic drawing. The idea is to create a drawing that everyone can it rotate as a cactus, doesn't matter if you have never seen the species that I am showing this class, but you have never doubt that the sockets, this is part of the real process to learn how to draw. These important honorees, pretend to create the perfect illustration. Then we'll process has a lot of kind of who you exercise more. You train your muscle memory as you mourn. The practice is the only way to achieve a good result. It takes time, but it's worth it. In the process of drawing, I suggest a copy, boy, you see for non-human, no guarantee too much in the general idea, you will focus bar by bar ISOS row. And the second will you see, try to bring this process. We now know copies, even noise to join a loose OK, we wait while a 100 community. Now we can continue with the next lesson rated countries now. 6. Break the cactus down into parts: For this lesson, we will use the second pack of templates for practice. Break the capitals down in parts. We will use some tracing paper for use the template as much as you want. And finally, a big role in pain. The idea here with this template is to familiarize yourself with the shapes of a different kind of characters and understand the way to break down the Carters in part before you start drawing the complete one. The first step is to redraw with the drone PennSim with fluid and consistent stroke, separating way to train your muscle memory. Anwar, achieving more organic. I got so many strokes. Well, you've brought these four are sort of train them on off time. You also get used to have you some movement and gestures. Can understand easily new complex structure shapes. Okay. Now that you have finished the sustainable MIS data blank piece of paper and try to draw a spiral of the coffee's, tend to draw the entire one. You will look almost tempting to sketch one by one of these we'll have you need a process to run and go cartons later. Tried to draw a second. Will you see the referencing muscle for captors from your mind? Because here we will learn all kinds of cactuses, shapes different from the common image that we are used to see. Your frame to draw easy day with the distal you desire. This is already a referee that you can take, but not necessarily the result has to be the same. It doesn't matter if it being the first attempt is only three years. You can repeat them as many times as you want. This part of the process that no one sees in the Darwinian, but this URI is full of mistakes. This whole process is full of mistakes than me you will. So don't worry if you first, third thing doesn't make your expectations. Keep practicing and doing the time you will see the great results. Once you get those separate this case, you are ready to draw them together. You will start looking back and you've loads and you, This is helpful to feel more confident because you have studied some details. If you feel comfortable, you can use some guidelines like a reference, as I said at the beginning of the sclera, you can combine all the process and create your own. Always use one line for each shape you need to rush but don't go too slow for your lines will be regular. Practice finding a comfortable speed and pressure, occupancy or pain. If you are committed to learning how to draw botanical illustration, it is a great idea to schedule more. You draw everything you write that you don't feel the pressure of the drug. May you feel free to practice and practice. Sketches. The idea is that you need to get the dose medium range we did time you will discover the risk process for you to draw. Yes. In this course. Hi. And we're getting more practice to other things. Thanks. Okay. Let's see. Okay. Okay. It's fast. Yeah. Hello. Okay. Yes. Let's say that we eat less than what you've been told. 7. Trace the image and replicate it: In this lesson, we will use anything yet for this one, you only need our reference image to use. I will share the image I am using here in the resources. If you want to use the same, you're leaning day was sold recent paper under a whipping. The idea here is to find the key shapes in our cognitive and tried to draw them on the tracing paper, try to capture the essence of the she was doing what you want. Welcome back. Dbas who have at the end, the line drawing and illustration that they want and take it as a reference for you to sell drawing from serial anyone. I find that there are times that the color, the background and perspective, and all the details are so confused, interpreted and they did wrong processor difficult at the beginning. So we disclose it and get rid of all of these. For that reason, this is the way to some Finding Your says or to enhance the most important features in our model. If you will be six of size, it will be easy to start drawing more complex shapes. And with a damn, you gone through our real cactus, flower of your preference of data photo. I interpreted it easily. When you're drawing your interpretation of your life from 0, you can use the tools from the license to achieve the result. In this case, I concentrated my efforts in imitate the shape that I copied from the postcode as I did here, you can re scan the image and make it bigger or smaller. I came in. Okay. All right. Hi. Finally, we have the same shape. Important here is to capture the essence. I'm feeling that the tree are connected. You can dance on the way. 8. Shade the cactus: Now we are in the last step of this process. For this class, we'll be using this shading templates and the drawing band, or 0.05 or 0.1 for the shading bar and three to eight drawing band for the syllabus. Video distinguish that is to know how to refine your drawing when you have rarely do we finish it. First as a template, redraw the siloed of the cactus or worn out. In this section. On the left side you have the reference trait. Understand the shading of the main of this image. Remember that the small line call it hatching and the build quality stippling are showing the shadows in the drawing. And the grand paper is showing the lights always release the pressure gradually to the end. You can practice in a different sheet of paper to work out these halves to train the contour of your hand, especially the movement and depression. Hello. Let's get started. Again. Hello? Yes. You can see the light. Of course. I tried to do the same thing in the middle from the beginning. Okay. As three. Okay, sorry. Hello. Okay. In this lesson, okay. To have more and more practice, you can continue with the second template and proceed with the same steps as before. If you prefer, you can use tracing paper to reuse the template as many times as you want. Now you are prepared for the project of this class. You can repeat all the exercise we did here as much as you want. 9. Project Time: Okay, we are in the final part of this class, the project. The idea is to put everything we learned into practice. Feel free to shoot a calculator you would like to draw, or you can draw with me the one that I have chosen here. I will let the image in the resources below. As I told you from the beginning, everyone has different ways to do the same task. So here you have the option to shoes in what way you want to draw the cactus. Or if you prefer, you can combine both ungraded and a stunning project. I will choose to create guidelines. It is the weather I feel works well for me right now. The idea isn't a blank piece of paper, starting and define my guidelines and then start drawing the shape subtly as I see them. And will do as rami that capture the answer, but non-realistic up this way you're cetera, when I load in Soyuz shading style, start coming out as I told you in order to classify for me and my personality, it is so difficult to keep drawing detailing. So I am no so picky with every single line. This is a muddy part of this that each drawing is at the human. You never will have the similar salt no matter how hard you try. So you have your way to the things. I'm half a different result each time. As I told you in the draw, there isn't a single right answer. So up to you to determine which side do you want to use in this project. Don't forget that practice is the most important part of this process. With the time you will see the results, you will capture what you see in front of, you know, getting too much attention on the general IBM. You will focus bar by bar. And he started drawing a setting where you see here, I am usually focusing on the shape of what I am escaping from. Not thinking is the shape I am doing, is the shape of a cactus according to a mental image. The next step? Yes. Let's see. Okay. Hi. Next. Okay. Okay. Hi. Yes. In this lesson, now that you finish your cactus, I would love to see you write the result down below in the public section, I want to check all the amazing characters you create. Feel free to use a template to continue practicing. And if you have questions, feel free to ask me. I will be happy to be here for you. Thank you so much for watching these lines are we can discuss. I am so happy to have you here.