An English Garden Bouquet

An English Garden Bouquet - student project

This is my second illustration class and I love florals, so I was really excited to take on this class. 

I got a Wacom Bamboo Create as a gift 6-7 years ago, and this was my chance to get familiar with it. The reference main florals were taken at a local English-style garden in my town, and were taken on a few of my walks. The other filler pieces were inspired by different wedding bouquets that I found on Pinterest. I just found some qualities about each that I liked and drew some free-hand pieces. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 1 - student project

 

I drew these with my tablet and used one of Kyle T. Webster's brushes (I think from the dry media pack...?)

An English Garden Bouquet - image 2 - student project

Putting it together, went through a few rounds before I got where I wanted. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 3 - student project

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 4 - student project

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 5 - student project

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 6 - student project

 

I added some colour into the process, this way I was able to see how much space each element actually took up. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 7 - student project

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 8 - student project

 

Because my main brush was very textured, using the recolour feature in Illustrator was a nightmare. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 9 - student project

An English Garden Bouquet - image 10 - student project

 

so. many. colours. So, I gave up on this - I still ran it through a few times to see a few combos but my solution ended up being some colour palettes I've saved online. I grabbed the swatches from a palette and customized it a bit more to my liking. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 11 - student project

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 12 - student project

 

I realized that it needed some sort of base, so I added what was supposed to be a placeholder vase.... which ended up staying in my final design as bouquet wrapping that you get your flowers wrapped in. 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 13 - student project

 

I added a bow, cause it looked a bit lonely, and then I added some texture. I wasn't loving my textures, so I ended up placing a gritty halftone over the whole thing in the end and I love it!

Textures 

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 14 - student project

 

Just the halftone on top

 

An English Garden Bouquet - image 15 - student project

 

 

Natahsha Priya
Photographer & Designer