Detailed Botanical Watercolour Study – Dog Rose Thorn PDF Tutorial
The Dog Rose is a familiar scrambling shrub in British hedgerows. Usually noted for the lovely pink or white open flowers, but we thought this stem was stunning too. We spotted this whilst out on a walk and were amazed at the size and amount of thorns. Given that many of you may well want to paint thorny subjects we thought it a good focus for a tutorial. The rose uses the thorns to help it scramble through surrounding vegetation and indeed it will grow up to 3 m tall if supported.
This is an interesting study as it focuses on the thorns, stem and leaves rather than the obvious flower. These additional elements within a botanical study are often overlooked but are equally important. The techniques in painting these parts of the plant are very different to those used within the flower. So I hope this tutorial will give you the confidence to add thorny stems to other projects that may need them.
This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this thorny subject in a matter of minutes. You don’t even need to wait for the post to arrive! You will receive a 21-page PDF document. Set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines. However, you get lots more large photos of the different stages.
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I really like to focus on the watercolour techniques needed to create a realistic painting. Likewise, I love sharing this style of painting through my tutorials and hope I inspire others to create detailed wildlife portraits too.
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