This video series, created with the California Native Plant Society will teach you some basic techniques to help you quickly and accurately draw plants, either for field sketching or careful botanical illustrations. These videos make use of paper models which you can cut out and manipulate to teach yourself the fundamentals of foreshortening leaves and flowers. Following along with your own model is much more helpful than simply watching the videos alone.
Download a leaf and flower worksheet to follow the exercises at home.
If you are a teacher, you can download PDF templates to create classroom sets of materials to teach botanical illustration to your students. Download the multiple leaf template and multiple flower template. Also you can create large demonstration models to use in front of the class.
How to draw plants: Introduction
How to draw plants: Symmetry
How to draw plants: Foreshortening part 1
How to draw plants: Foreshortening part 2
How to draw plants: Leaves and petals
How to draw plants: Curling leaves, part 1
How to draw plants: Curling leaves, part 2
How to draw plants: Conclusion