Yellow is notoriously difficult for the botanical artist to portray, without the end result looking ‘dirty’ because of the use of greys for shadows. With Janie’s help you will explore the possibilities of using anything but grey to produce good shadows on yellow flowers. You will be shown how to apply a first layer of soluble pencil/watercolour quite quickly to colour the whole subject. Once dry, oil or wax-based pencils will be used over this to create amazing illustrations and add finesse and detail. The end result is an illustration as good as any done with pure watercolour or pure pencil – just quite a lot quicker!
Suitable for beginners and upward
Janie Pirie is one of the UK’s leading coloured pencil artists and studied fine art at Northampton & Colchester Schools of Art. After graduating in Fine Art she has illustrating children’s books, women’s magazines and commissioned portraits, before moving her interest to drawing and illustrating plants. This work has earned her two RHS Gold Medals together with Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists, of which she is a member.
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