Botanical Framework Part 1 | Collecting Reference Material and Making Observations

This video covers part one of the 5 Part Botanical Framework.

In this video, I am going to show you how to become a botanical artist and how you get started. The first thing you will need to do is learn how to collect reference material and observe your subjects. This may not sound as exciting as picking up a paint brush, but it is arguable a more important step. You can tell how good the artist's observation skills are by the quality of their paintings.

In this video, I tell you what botanical art is, how to collect and observe reference material, how to create reference material in the studio, getting started with dissections and put together a botanical style study that includes drawings, notes, labeling and a painting. If you are brand new to botanical art or wanting to take your botanical knowledge to the next level and create more scientific style studies, then this video is for you.

Items you need for reference material collection and observations:

  • a good light
  • a magnifying glass
  • a dissection kit or knife
  • basic drawing tools
  • washi tape
  • plain paper
  • notebook for notes and stick drawings
  • watercolor sketchbook
  • a microscope (optional)
  • smart phone camera
  • small zoom camera (optional, I use a Canon Powershot sx420 IS)