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Illustrate Multiple Floral Motifs from One Reference Photo for Use in Textile and Graphic Design

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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16 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Materials + Expectations

    • 3. Example 1

    • 4. Example 1 Alternative

    • 5. Examples 2 & 3

    • 6. Example 4

    • 7. Example 5

    • 8. Example 6

    • 9. Example 7

    • 10. Example 8

    • 11. Example 9

    • 12. Example 10

    • 13. Example 11

    • 14. Example 12

    • 15. Additional Examples

    • 16. Thank You + Closing


About This Class


Welcome you to my newest class, “Illustrate Multiple Floral Motifs from One Reference Photo.” 

In it I share my approach towards generating many different styles of flowers from one floral image. This approach can come in handy when creating textile designs, graphic design projects, branding, scrapbooking, Bible journaling and more.

This class is for individuals who may find it challenging to come up with ways to draw more stylized flowers, whether you are a beginner or seasoned designer. I will demonstrate how to create over a dozen different floral elements and then share additional examples at the end of this class. 

If you simply want to learn a different approach to drawing flowers for your own personal pleasure or sketchbook practice, I believe this class would be of benefit to you as well - no prior knowledge is needed. 

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1. Class Introduction: Hello. My name is and Nets Brown and have elect to welcome you to find it was class illustrate multiple formal teams from one reference photo in it, I share my approach to its generating many different styles of flowers from one floral image. This approach can come in handy when creating text. How designs graphic design projects, branding scrapbooking, Bible journaling and more. This class is for individuals who may find a challenging to come up with blaze to draw more stylized flowers. Whether you are a beginner or season designer, I will demonstrate how to create over a dozen different floral elements and then share additional examples at the end of this class. If you simply want to learn a different approach to drawing flowers for your own personal pleasure or sketchbook practice, I believe this class would be of benefit to us. Well, no prior knowledge is needed for the class projects. I encourage you to create at least 12 multi eaves from one reckons photo and then share them in the project section below. Also, feel free to share our final design projects in which you use the Maltese created in this class. Only a few materials are required for completion of this class and I will discuss them in the next video. I hope you'll join me. 2. Materials + Expectations: thank you for joining me. I would like to take a few moments to cover the materials I used to draw the floor. Maltese as well asses go over what you can expense going forward throughout the examples. In this class, I only used three tools paper, pencil and fine Landers. As for paper, I chose to use car stock, but you can use copy paper. You can use car stock, a sketchbook, whatever you have on hand. The pencil that I'm using is an HB lead mechanical pencil with an eraser. And that's just the typical pencil you find at a drug store or a big box store. You can also consider using any H lead pencils on the lower spectrum, like a number two H or a number three age or even in age. I will steer away from using any be lead pencils because the lead is much softer and it will be harder to erase them. As for my fine liner, I used the Moloto Black Minor 0.3 millimeter nip, and I also used a micron 08 which is 0.5 millimeter in it. It's a little thicker than the Moloto and I would suggest that you test out different nib sizes. If you don't already have a move size in mind, just test out different ones because they will all create different marks on the page and create different effects for the motifs that you illustrate. Just to recap, the only supplies you'll need for this class are paper, a pencil and a fine liner pen. And if you want some variation and with you may want to use more than one fine liner pen as far as what you can expect going forward, each example is formatted in a similar way. This is theory one reference photo that I will be using throughout this class. If you would like to use a different one, that's perfectly fine. Just make sure you have the rights to use it. If you plan on, Creating Multi is for commercial use. I will link to some websites below where I often find royalty free photographs, and you can, of course, use your own photographs as well. You will see this records photo in each example because I'm going to highlight different areas of the flower that I will focus on for that particular example and here's what I mean . As you can see in this photo, there are black outlines over the area where I'm going to place my focus in the next video , so you could expect to see that in all of the subsequent examples. After you, I show you the image. I will begin to draw the floor a multi. I would draw each motif step by step, and I will only talk when I need Teoh. Point out a certain aspect of the drying process, and that's it. It's pretty straightforward. I will show you the reference photo, and I would draw the motif step by step and then move on to the next exercise. At the very end of the class, I will share additional examples of motifs that I create it, using the same reference photo so that you can get an idea of all the various ways that you can look at the same flower and create multiple motifs for your design projects. But the class project I encourage you to share the motifs that you create while working through the examples. You are also welcome to share the finished project, whether the professional or personal that you created from the motifs that you made in this class, So I hope that gives you a great overview of what to expect going forward. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section below, having more than happy to reply and help you as best I can. OK, so let's get started. In the next video, I will begin the first example. 3. Example 1: Hello and welcome to example, one of this project. Just as reminder this is our primary reference photo. And on this photograph, I've decreased capacity so that you can see the areas that I'm going to focus on or this particular drawing using a light pencil. I'm going to start by drawing a circle to represent each shape that I'm going to draw for this particular multi the pencil lines that I'm using our little dark so that you can see them on the camera. But I would suggest making yours even lighter, if possible. And this is just a mechanical pencil on HB number two. So, using a fine liner I drew and this center mark and I'm going to draw circles around that center mark. I find that I am able to draw them more evenly when I start by creating one circle in each direction and then filling in the remaining circles in here. I'm just tracing over the lines, and it's perfectly fine if the ink doesn't follow the pencil mine exactly having somewhat walkie marks and having marks that look different from the pencil marks. Sometimes once you have the ink down and you adding more and more lines, you'll notice that you may want to change the placement a little bit. Once your ink is completely dry, then you can raise your pencil lines, and sometimes it's also helps. You see the multi a bit more clearly. You may want to make changes, but this is my final results, and it's a geo metric version of the flower that we're referencing and two created. I just focused on the main shapes of the flower, and then I used the internal structure of the flower sensor in order to create the round circles that you see on the second bands of my final multi. If you would like to focus on different aspects of the flower while keeping it simplistic, I encourage you to do that and share it in the project section below. 4. Example 1 Alternative: if you're interested in geometric forms and wanted to offer an alternative to the first example. And so in this example, I again highlighted the areas that I will focus on, and this is, ah, highly stylized geometric interpretation of this particular flower. Here, the pedals are represented by irregular quadrilateral shapes, while the space between the pedals are represented by a very narrow rectangles. I start with pencil in order to get a rough estimate of how I want to place is shakedown on the paper again. They don't have to be perfect circles or squares or rectangles. I just need to give you an idea of where you want to place your bank marks. So as I'm placing these rectangular shapes, I'm trying to balance the entire piece. If it looks as though there is too much space, then I'm making sure to balance out that space with additional shapes. Your eyes will tell you whether or not a peace is completely balanced. I think that one wasn't quite angled properly, so I re positioned those lines and something I didn't show on. The reference photo diagram is that I've also decided to add in thes marks to represent the folds at the buried tips of the daisy petals. When you're creating stylized shapes, you can use very basic lines and Marx and shaves in order to communicate what you see when you're looking at the flower. So again, I'm just certain tracing over the pencil lines with the fine liner pen, and it doesn't have to be perfect. You can expect to make some adjustments along the way, - and here is the end result. 5. Examples 2 & 3: the next two examples take very little time to make, and they both focus on the movement of the pedals. So I decided to pair them in this one lesson. Although enjoying the sensors here, I'm not going to ink the centers. I'm only using the sensor as a guide as a jumping off point for drawing in the pedals. Um, and as you can see, I'm making them more organic. I'm adding on the movement that I see in the photograph, and I'm exaggerating the movement a bit. Um, but you have creative license to do that if you wish. So as I'm thinking it, I'm only going to make the pedals. And this makes for an interesting multi, especially if you're creating a vector pattern. Um, it just offers some type of illusion. I think when you're looking at a pattern and you see the pedals, but you don't see the centers I like when I see patterns like that, it leaves room for your imagination to fill the space, I believe. Okay, so that's example Teoh and moving on to example three. These are a bit more creative because this isn't what I see on the image But oftentimes, if I'm using this methods, he create multi eaves. I often times began to see different shapes that I can create based off of ones that or influence by the photograph. So with this sensor, I'm actually color and get all the way in and still focusing on the movement of the pedals . And these two examples would be great for did see patterns because ditty patterns are often using small adult eaves and also ones that show a lot of movement. And that's a profile you from my imagination based on example three. 6. Example 4: another way that I use reference photos is by excluding some elements and combining some elements. So in this instance, I'm going Teoh, combine the flower petals making the each one the width of two instead of one. And I'm also going to place emphasis on one portion of the flowers sensor instead of the entire center. So, as you can see here, I've already drawn out the circles and pencil and I'm going to proceed. Teoh, draw circles along the inner ring. If you have any questions, please leave them in the discussion section below. I am more than happy to help you. Um, and in case I haven't mentioned this already, I believe you could use this method to draw pretty much anything. You can, um, place emphasis on certain areas of an animal that you would like to explore further or, um or any other object. Really? I think this can apply Teoh. Any object to it wants to draw. So as you can see, these pedals are a laugh thinker than the last two examples. But they still have movement like the last two examples. Did the tips of daisies air often irregular? So I'm placing emphasis is on that as well. Me and you can also see that there are some areas where I've gone outside of the pencil line in other areas where I'm falling a bit short so the pencil lives are only a guide. You don't have to feel confined to them. And always make sure your ink is completely dry before you raise your pencil lines. And here is an example of this flower motif in use. 7. Example 5: This particular multi will require a few more steps, but it's still very much doable. I will apply stippling to the central disk and use more overlapped pedals than I have in the past one stippling. The resulting dot size will vary based on the size of your pen, So if you have multiple linking pins, you may want to test out various tips to see which you would like to use for your motif. And depending on how you plan to use your multi Eve, you may want to create a multi eve using the same pedals but different sized pin tips in order to get an idea of which ones you like the best. - In the first row, I created very close staples, but in this road they're a bit more spacious, and they're more so. Clusters a supposed to one single roll of stippled marks. Placement is completely subjective. You can make this band as wide or as narrow as you like. When you draw overlapping pedals, you want to stop right short of the beginning of the adjacent pedal. If you aren't as comfortable with doing that, you can always draw your pedals in pencil and draw the full pedals that are overlapping. And then when you think it, you can simply Inc the parts that would you want to be visible to your viewer. - He was a variation of the same motif and use. 8. Example 6: Bismol teeth is similar to the last one, but I use circles in place of stippling, and I'm going to add a few more details to the flower petals. - When you add lines to represent the central veins, you want to go with the flow of the pedal. If the pedal curves and you want your line to curve a little bit, Um, and this makes it look more organic than if you were to just draw straight lines. - In addition to creating repeat patterns with your motifs, you can also just use them as graphic design elements as demonstrated here. 9. Example 7: as we begin this second section of the class, I would like to thank you for sticking around this long, and I hope these examples are giving you some creative ideas on how to draw. Various motifs from one reference photo in this example will also use circle marks in order to represent portions of the central disc, and we'll also place emphasis on movement of the pedals and the central veins that are educated in most daisies. This will teach was also a bit stylized because, as you can see here, I'm not creating marks that are connected. A lot of the mark, their space between many of the marks on, and that's just a personal preference to make the multi look a little different from the other ones. So you can play around with different ways of creating marks on the page in order to communicate what you see when you look at this flower after on and many more pedals on this particular flower. But you could even stop here if you want it to, because sometimes you find flowers in nature that have had their pedals fucked off by animals or they've been separated in some other way, so you don't always have to create a full flower head. This is another personal preference for this multi album indicating central bank lines. They certainly are not realistic to this particular flower. So feel free here to create a mark that you want. We're portions of the flower that you want to emphasize in this particular portion of the motif. And this striped repeat pattern background is one example of a way that you can use this multi. 10. Example 8: This next example is really simple. We will be creating textures from the central disk of this flower. I started off by creating winding lines in circles for clusters in pencil. And now I'm this using a fine liner to create connected circles along the line and within the circles. Marks like this can create great filler elements for denser or even more sparsely created repeat parent designs. You can also use them as background textures in your graphic design projects. Here I created a simple repeat design using the's textures. 11. Example 9: okay onto example. Nine. There are a lot of layers to this example, but I think that if you work with me step by step, I think you will be really satisfied with the results. So, as always, I'm starting here with pencil marks. I'm creating a ring for every layer that I would like to add to this piece. Andi will also be using a lot of the space in between each layer a swell. You may not be able to see it very well. So I added an image of what I'm doing to the lower left hand portion of the screen. I'm just following around the circle, creating these overlapping squiggles all the way around. You know, I'm creating upset down you shapes. Thes can also be referred to us scallops because I'm going toe offset each shape with the second layer and then so on with the third and fourth until I make it to the sensor dot And here I'm just filling in the extra space with more black marks. And now I'm adding another role of the squiggles. And if this looks familiar, it is the same chain of circles that we created in our last video. I've made it a point. Not so You create a straight line between the sections. I wanted it to look more irregular, more organic as it does on the actual flower. Actual flower actually is more diagonal. And in this case, there are some diagonal chains. But a lot of them are curved, and, um, they aren't as precise as you find them on the flower. But that's okay. I wanted just to create a text year old element. Um and I wasn't looking to create a realistic replica of the flower will be gone to the flower petals. This set will also have a lot of overlapping pedals and also take note of how I am creating like squiggly lines for the pedals to make it look more organic. Daisies are typically quite squiggly. Not all of the pedals look exactly the same if you look at them really close up. So that's what I'm going for here. This is a texture we haven't created before in this class. But if you look at the reference image, I have a red circle around the area that I'm amplifying in this section of the flower here . So I'm just pulling by fire liner from the sensor up about eight, the the way XFL's up the pedal, and I'm just making quick strokes to offer an indication of shading. - As you can see, I am turning the paper in order to get a good angle, because you also want to make sure that these marks are flowing in the direction of each flower petal. So you may have to turn your page around order to achieve that effect. And also, I know this one took a long time, but I love how it looks more glumness than the other ones. All of the textures add a lot of a lot of interests to this particular filer. If you have a moment, let me know what you thought about this process in the discussion section below and give your hands a good stretch before you start the next flower 12. Example 10: Okay, we are nearing the end of this flower. Looks complicated, but it is actually less detailed than the last one that we did. So if you got through that one, you can get through this one on. Then I will just show it to you step by step, just like before. So by now you know the drill. We're gonna use pencil to create guidelines for the major parts of the flower. And if you look at the lower left hand corner of your screen, you'll see the marks that I'm going to make to feel this first section. The's pedals will also overlap and indicate movement. So the other difference between the last flower and this one is that we will put the shading indicators on both the tip of the pedal and the base of the pedal. So can you just gonna lightly pull the pen on the base upwards towards the top of the pedal and then from the tip off the pedal down towards the center of the barrel, I like to create lines that are uneven because I think it makes it look more natural and organic Just as before. You may need to turn your age wild in order to ensure that the lines are moving with the direction of each petal then. - And don't forget to wait for your ink to drive before raising the pencil marks. This is the last detailed while Italy 12 in next two examples are going to be a lot simpler in their supplement to remarks, in case you would like to create patterns with you have Nazis. 13. Example 11: I realized I chose a reference photo without a full stem and without any leaves at all. But I'm comfortable with that because Daisy's there so many different types of daisies, and they all have different types of stands and leaves. So I think it's safe for sees or imagination and create these motifs ourselves. So we have a good reference for this stem for this particular flower. There's enough of it there for us to extend it and then to finish off the end before the leaves. I chose on long, slender leaves and they appear to be pretty delicate, and I thought that was a good fit for this particular flower. So once again, I'm just drawing everything out with pencil, and I'm gonna think over it in a minute. I've added a sensor vein to some of the leaves. I decided to keep these pretty simple because there are a number of flowers that have a lot of detail, and I didn't want Teoh destruct from that. So these are just simple, slender leaves with one central vein, and you can feel welcome Teoh create a different shape. Sleep. Um, Anson, if you like. And I would love to see whatever you draw in the project section below 14. Example 12: welcome to the last example for this class, and this section is a little bit different because what I am doing is just looking at the flower close up and pulling out any little mark that I think I can replicate on my sheet of paper. Some of the marks that you see on this photograph are ones that you've seen in previous sections where we created texture. But completing this last exercise will serve two purposes. Firstly, it will help you to examine the flower and maybe pull out elements that you didn't see in the previous examples. And secondly, if you plan on using these elements to create patterns or like digital design assets, then these little marks will help you to feel out that pattern or design asset. So for the rest of this example, you will see me creating stippled marks. You shapes a lot of textural marks and squiggles, just anything that stands out to me as a texture or area of interest on this particular flower. This is also the time to pull out any additional fine liner pins that you may have, because you can create marks of varying widths in order to create more interest in your patterns. 15. Additional Examples: So here are all of the little chiefs I created during this class, and here are some slight variations of those. Same will teach. But now I want to show you some additional examples of multi is created using the same reference. Well, there won't be a voice over. I'll just show the images so that you can get some more ideas. 16. Thank You + Closing: thank you so much for completing this class. I hope you're leaving with the white range of motifs that you can use in personal or professional projects. And I hope that by sharing my process you can begin or continue to look at flowers and any reference subject more closely and intentionally. It would be great to see how you explore these motifs as you work along with me, or you can share them all it wants in the project gallery. It's up to you for the class projects. I encourage you to try to create at least 12 multipurpose from one reference photo and then share them in the project section below. Also, feel free to share a final design project in which you used Maltese created in this class. This is completely optional, and please remember that if flowers are not your preference, feel free to explore other subject matter that interests you and attempt to apply the same method to illustrating those Maltese. If you have a moment, I acts that you complete the review survey for this class so that I could get a better understanding of how to better serve you in future classes. Thank you again for completing this class and helped tow have you in future classes