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Botanical Drawing in Graphite and Colored Pencil

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Botanical Drawing in Graphite and Colored Pencil
Janet Parker
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$235 plus $7 Materials Fee
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

Learn techniques for drawing botanical subjects, realistically, in graphite and colored pencil. First day, find out how to capture accurate proportions of your subject and create a value study in graphite. On the second day, create a separate study of your subject in colored pencil, informed by your graphite study.

Depending on the scale of the chosen subject and the student’s aptitude, students may or may not leave with a finished piece, but will have the necessary skills to complete their work at home.

About the Instructor(s)

Janet earned the NY Botanical Garden's Botanical Art certificate in May 2015. A 1989 graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has worked as an editorial art director and graphic designer for many magazines and book publishers, including Newsweek, Workman Publishing and until 2012, Tin House. A few years after a move from New York to Portland, Oregon, in 2009, she discovered fellow botanical art lovers in the area and helped form Oregon Botanical Artists, now an active group there ( She currently teaches Botanical Drawing classes at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Oregon Society of Artists.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Hand pencil sharpener or battery operated pencil sharpener.

(We will have one or 2 pencil sharpeners available for everyone’s use in the classroom, but it’s nice to have your own since we do a good bit of sharpening. If you are looking to buy one, I like the Q-Connect manual sharpener - selling on Amazon for about $20 these days.)

• Graphite pencil: HB, or 2H, preferred. Janet’s favorite brand is Tombow - available at Blick

• Small Kneaded eraser

• Small 6" metal or clear plastic ruler, or dividers for measuring

• Paper - One quarter (11 x 15") of a full-sheet (22 x 30") of hot pressed Fabriano Artistico water color paper 140 lb.*

*If you already have a block of this paper in 9x12" or larger, that will do fine. If you prefer to buy a quarter sheet from Janet for $1.50, let her know a few days before the class meets and she’ll bring one for you. The quarter sheet is a nice large size, measuring 11 x 15.

• Strathmore 400 drawing pad, medium surface natural white, in 9x12" or larger - depending on the size of your subject.

• An inexpensive pad of paper for loosening-up exercises.

• Drawing board and table easel - Your drawing board could be a piece of masonite or Gatorboard (16x20" is a good size). Should be firm board with a smooth surface - no texture. A towel rolled up with a few rubber bands around it makes a great portable table easel - just a means of elevating your drawing board for a proper tilt.

• A container for your specimen (flower frog, water jar, etc. in case it’s not something that can just rest on the table.)

• Colored pencils:

Janet primarily works with the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils brand but has also used Prismacolor Pencils for these techniques with great results. One advantage of FC Polychromos is that they are erasable, and not all colored pencils are. (Prismacolors are not.) Other good brands include the Luminance line by Caran d’Ache and Irojiten / Tombow.

Faber-Castell polychromos colored pencils (Color Name and Number)

• Cadminum yellow 107

• Dark Cadmium orange 115

• Pale Geranium lake 121

• Middle Purple Pink 125

• Purple violet 136

• Ultramarine 120

• Cobalt turquoise 153

• Permanent green olive 167

• Earth Green yellowish 168

• Cadmium yellow lemon 205

Dark Colors to mix for deep shades of color:

• Dark Sepia 175

• Dark Indigo 157

• Chrome Oxide Green 278

• Purple (aka Red Violet) 194

Light colors for tints, highlights and burnishing:

• White 101

• Ivory 103

• Burnt Ochre 187

• Venetian Red 190

• Yellow ochre (aka Light Yellow Ochre) 183

• Burnt Sienna 283

All the warm greys:

• Wm grey VI 275

• Wm grey V 274

• Wm grey IV 273

• Wm grey III 272

• Wm grey II 271

• Wm grey I 270

• A very bright red and bluish green (Deep Scarlet Red 219 and Earth Green 172)

• Prismacolor Verithin pencils (With their harder pigments, these Verithin pencils are a great tool for putting on finishing touches) :

• Dark Brown,

• Black,

• Gray 70%

• The Caran d’Ache full blender, or other blending tool


• Canson Tracing paper (Instructor will bring some)

• Blue tape (Instructor will bring some)

• White plastic eraser

• Eraser shield

• Plexiglas plane*

• Wet erase pen*

• Magnifying glass

*Instructor can provide for extra fee

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Folio of Handouts

• For people who would rather not bring their own watercolor paper, Janet can supply quarter sheets of Fabriano Artistico hot press paper, 140# for $1.50 per sheet. One sheet is all students should need of this for the class.

• For those who would like to purchase a 9x12" Plexiglas plane and a wet erase marker, Janet will bring extras, available for sale at $3.50 - Plexiglas, and $3.00 - wet-erase pens.

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