In this class, you will be immersed in the world of botanical character illustrations. You will learn to intricately capture the beauty of plants, flowers, and trees. The class will teach you how to pick the right references, trace, break, simplify, and then combine them to create your own creature.

You will derive the botanical elements to draw characters, using the main principles of the design: silhouettes, color palettes, and exaggeration. This course will enable you to breathe life into your creatures and connect with the natural world.

This class is designed to teach new methods for creating and illustrating characters, especially for beginners.

Materials needed for this class:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil
  • Ink pen
  • Coloring material of your choice
  • Graphic tablet/iPad with Photoshop or Procreate

Included in this set:

Practical Lessons:
  • Course Introduction
  • 1. Your Class Project
  • 2. Collect References
  • 3. Trace & Break
  • 4. Simplify & Combine
  • 5. Fix the Silhouette
  • 6. Add Color
  • 7. Add Drama
  • 8. Combine & Finalize
  • 9. Wrap Up
Bonus Assets:
  • Class Project Reference Sheet
  • 5 Reference Images
  • Shape Language and Silhouettes

Course Duration: 0 hours 27 mins

  • Permanent Access – No time limit for undertaking the course
  • Lessons available to stream from your Design Cuts account
  • High Quality Video

Zipped File Size: 36.82 MB

File Types Included: PNG

Nature-Inspired Design: Botanical Character Illustration

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    Interesting to learn about character design, the different shapes and colour meanings etc. Also like how shapes in nature that remind you of animals or have certain features can be turned into characters. All this is new to me so was an interesting little course.

    • Fran A

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review!
      I’m happy to hear you found this course interesting :)


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