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Nature's Elegance: A Sketchbook Activity (Draw 10 New Flowers)

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

Nature's Elegance: A Sketchbook Activity (Draw 10 New Flowers)

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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13 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Welcome to Nature's Elegance

    • 2. EXAMPLE 1

    • 3. EXAMPLE 2

    • 4. EXAMPLE 3

    • 5. EXAMPLE 4

    • 6. EXAMPLE 5

    • 7. EXAMPLE 6

    • 8. EXAMPLE 7

    • 9. EXAMPLE 8

    • 10. EXAMPLE 9

    • 11. EXAMPLE 10

    • 12. Create a Floral Pattern

    • 13. Thank You + Have Fun

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About This Class

Welcome to "Nature's Elegance: A Sketchbook Activity!"


In this class I share a sketchbook activity I use when I want to draw elegant versions of flowers I see in nature. Yes, there are an abundance of elegant flowers that already exist in nature, but through this activity, we will draw elegant characteristics to flowers that may or may not already appear to be elegant.

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.

How will we draw elegant flowers? Elegance can be defined as: beauty in manner, form, or style; delicate; pleasing in subtle ways, dainty, grace in movement or appearance. 

When we look at each photo reference, we’ll consider ways we can create flowers with pleasing shapes, beautiful form, subtle beauty, dynamic lines, and/or delicacy.  We don’t have to incorporate all five points, only the ones that stand out to us when looking at the photograph. 

Most importantly, since this is a sketchbook activity, we welcome imperfections and unexpected outcomes 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 pattern using three to four of the 10 flowers we create. 


  • The only supplies you'll need are your favorite sketchbook and pencil.
  • If you would like to draw a pattern as well, I used a Stabilo fine point pen in black.

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Annette Brown

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1. Welcome to Nature's Elegance: Hello. I'm in nets from lovin like Design Deco, and I'd like to welcome you to my newest sketchbook activity Class Nature's elegance in this class will practice adding or embellishing elegant features of flowers found in nature . In 10 different segments, I'll share 10 different photos that I've taken, but you're more than welcome to use your own reference photos. Aziz, you proceed through the sex habits. He keep in mind that this is practice. We don't want to focus on imperfections or unexpected outcomes. Let's allow this to be alone and experience that lets us experiments and apply what we learn to new projects. Some ways to define elegance are beauty and manner, former style, delicate, pleasing in subtle ways, dainty grace in movement or appearance. And so this is what we want to keep in mind when we look at the flowers and then determine how to draw them in a more elegant manner. Can we make the shapes more pleasing? Can we add beauty to the form? Can we make the lines more dynamic or a delicate? And this in no way is intended to take away from the natural beauty and elegance found in flowers It's just an activity that can help us to focus on a specific characteristic that can be communicated visually in a flower. After we've created all 10 flowers, I'll use a few of them to create a floor pattern like the one seen here. And you're more than welcome to share your sketchbook with us s a final project, or incorporate your flowers into a patent such as this one or a different type of final project. All you need is a sketchbook in your favorite pencil for this class, and once you're ready to begin, I'll meet you in the next video and we'll begin sketching. 2. EXAMPLE 1: Welcome back and let's dive right into our first photo example. So this is a reference photo of a flower that I've found along the on Prairie Path Trail, so I don't know the name of it. There wasn't a marker, but I just thought it was pretty radiance. So I'll give you some time to look at this flower and consider how you might draw it differently. Will. You also is shaped to make it more pleasing. Will you create more dynamic lines? Make it more delicate? It's completely up to you. I'll give you a few more seconds, and then I'll let you know how I plan to draw this flower differently. I think this flower is already dynamic, so I want to emphasize its movement. I also want to you create fewer buds, and I'm going to simplify the blooms there on each. But so here I am. Creating the first line in the shape of the room is somewhat similar to the flower that I found along the prairie path. But I want to make sure to make it appear to be pretty delicate while also being dynamic, so each stem is pretty playful. They're all going in a different direction to emphasize the dynamism. This is my take of the first flower, a more elegant version so you can make the same changes as I do, or you can create your own changes. Let's try again in the next video. 3. EXAMPLE 2: leads. Pods are our second example, and a first glance. They don't look very elegant at all. So I thought they would be a good challenge for us to apply some of these concepts and make them look elegant. And so I'll give you some time to look them over, and then I'll share my ideas with you. I've decided that I want to elongate the pods, and then I had a movement to this area while retaining the shape. So you can see here that I've retained the shape, but I've just made it look more dynamic. I make the Lauren's curve a bit more. They were already spiky, Um, but I think the curves help make them look more dynamic. And the pot here is more of an oval than ground, as it is in the photo. Had it one more to make it look a bit more realistic. And take if you need some time, you might notice that Paul's a little too just looking over. If you need to do that, feel for you to take your time and I'll see you in the next video 4. EXAMPLE 3: Our third example is a grass plan and not a flower, but I really like the texture. I liked the way that it's formed with the alternating clusters. And so let's just look this over and get some ideas about how we might make it look more elegant. I really like this pattern, so I'm going to retain the alternating pattern. But I'm going to simplify. The seed had spike, let's so I decided to create the slender oval shapes with very small ovals attached to that's hips. And I'm using the same alternating pattern and I'm just covering in the tips and this is my take on number three. We'll start with Number four in the next video. 5. EXAMPLE 4: Okay, now we're at number four, and so I'll give you some time to look over this photo and consider these five points how much you make the shapes more pleasing or beautiful. How can you create lines that might be more dynamic or delicate? Um, just give it some thought, and I'll share my thoughts with you in a moment. I love these billowing pedals, so I'm going to emphasize that in my drawing. And I want the statements to be wider, horizontally but narrower vertically, beginning with the statements, as you can see here are making them pretty wide, horizontally but pretty narrow vertically. So they're like little slits, as opposed to round statements that were on the photograph. So I created a cluster of statements, and now I'm going to work on the pedals, making really carbonaceous to mimic that building puddles that were on the photograph. - I'm just adding a little bit of texture to differentiate the pedals, and I think this looks pretty elegant. It's delicate. My take on number four, and in the next video we'll get started on number five 6. EXAMPLE 5: purple cone flowers are fifth example, and I will give you some time to determine what changes you like to make. I've settled on creating narrow, pointy pedals, and then I'm going to extend the cone spikes. So here I'm going to start with the cone spikes, and I'm extending them upward to make them longer than they were on the photo and now proceeds to create the pedals. Awesome! They're still going in the same direction as they were on the photograph, but they're going to be spiky in narrow. And that's my take on number five. We are halfway through, so I will meet you in the next video while we look at example, Number six. 7. EXAMPLE 6: here we have another sunflower variation. I was focusing particularly on the yellow sun flower that's in the upper right corner. So give you some time to look over it and consider are five points. My changes will include widening the pedals and adding more movement to them. And then I'm also going to extend the sensor disk flowers since starting here with the sensor disk. But I won't add anything to the center yet. I'm going. Teoh first, create the pedals. You can see there much wider than they were in the photograph. In a moment. Gonna create four. - So this is my center and only the outer five marks were extended. All right. In the next video, we will explore lower number seven. 8. EXAMPLE 7: example, Number seven is a drop more Scarlett honeysuckle plant, so we'll just take a few moments to decide how we will make it look more elegant. I ended up drawing two versions of this, but in both of them I elongated the pedals. And in the 2nd 1 I curled the tips. After creating this 1st 1 with the curb stem, I thought it would be interesting to see how it will look if the pedals were actually curved as well. So that's what I'm gonna work on next. 9. EXAMPLE 8: a fuchsia Angeloni. A flower is our eighth example, so I'll give you a few moments to consider are five points and then how? Share my ideas? I decided to make just two changes. I'm going to make the buds oval instead of rounds, and I'm going to create longer statements. You started with the stem and left space for the buds to branch off, - so I'm pretty satisfied with the oval buds, and I'm moving on to creating the longer statements. - And that's the extent of the changes. The pedals are pretty much the same as the Angelo Nia. - So this is my number eighths, and if you're sticking with me, I will meet you in the next video for number nine. 10. EXAMPLE 9: our night example is a red canna that I came across one evening while I was out walking and the fiery red que is what drew me in. But then I looked more closely at the leaves and just saw how textured they were. So take a few seconds to see what stands out for you, and then we'll move on to the sketch. I was so impressed fiber veins in these sleeves that I decided to focus on that for my scotch. So this first leaf is fairly wide, like the one in the image. And I'm just drawing horizontal lines that I'm sorry, vertical lines that are moving in the same direction as the leave. The 2nd 1 is a little narrower. And instead of following the outline of the leaf, I'm going Teoh create lines going in various directions, sort of like a doodle. - And this last one is really narrow. And I just want the lines toe look a little more organic. So you're going to be a little ragged with the very dark central line. - So here are my three leaves. And so we will work on our last example in the next video 11. EXAMPLE 10: What better finale than Birds of Paradise? This is our last photo reference, and I will give you some time to look it over. Before I give you some ideas about how I would like to draw my sketches. I plan to create individual buds, and then I'm going to reposition them and turn them in the opposite direction. So now we're done with all 10 sketches, and I'll show you in the next video just one way that you can use thes flowers in a final project. 12. Create a Floral Pattern: this example. I'm using my original sketchbook as a reference for the pattern that I'll make on this sketchbook. And then I just have a bunch of ink pens. This is a step below. It's a fine points. Then I have a few microns as well. Um, 0503 and 01 so you can use whatever you have on hand, and I am just going to get started withdrawing the pattern. And if the pedals don't look exactly like the original sketches, that's completely fine. We just wanted to create sketches to use as a reference for flowers that we may not have made otherwise. So the first flower that I drew was thief 4th 1 that we created, and then the last one that I just drew was the first flower that we created. And they're both variations of each flower, and then this one is the third flower that we drew. I may only choose one other flower because I don't want the pattern to be too busy. So I was suggest sticking to maybe three or four flowers instead of using all 10. This is the fourth and last flower that I incorporated into the pattern. So all of the remaining flowers will be repetitions of what we already see here and the fourth flower that I used Waas the 6th 1 that we created during our sketchbook activity. So, as you may have noticed you, I flip thes sketchbook around. So if you need to look at it at a different angle, or if you can draw a particular flower better from a different angle, feel free to turn your sketchbook around us. Need it? I haven't shaded in every flower. That's something that I will do to all of the flowers once and finished. - So this is the completed pattern, and from here, you can choose to add shading over a color. This is my shaded version, and then I added some color with John pins. 13. Thank You + Have Fun: I'd like to thank you for completing this class. I hope you learned 10 new ways to consider joining flowers that you find in nature for your class project. Feel free to either upload your sketchbook images or you can upload a final project that incorporates some of the flowers that you created in your sketchbook. I hope you had a great time and I hope to see you in future classes. If you have any questions, please type them in the discussion section below. And I will be sure to help you as soon as I can. Thanks again.