ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCES
I am thrilled to provide a wider range of learning experiences online through the Illustrating Natures Details Patreon Community. It is hoped that this community will grow to nurture, teach and raise awareness of many aspects of the natural world alongside drawing and painting techniques in botanical and natural history art. Media used will include watercolour, graphite pencil, gouache and pen & ink.
There are 4 different membership levels to suit all budgets, each providing quality guidance and tuition aided by an attentive and experienced tutor and a range of learning resources. Further information below membership levels.
The 'Watch me work' videos will be either stand-alone videos or several may link together on a theme, they are not part of a continuous course of study. This enables me to provide a varied program of online demonstrations in a range of media, and you will be able to watch me work on my current artwork/projects, work in progress, sketchbook studies and other activities. The latter could include ways to present finished work, storage options, composition, care of materials ...... So many subject areas to cover!
You will be able to watch and learn about the techniques I use, providing motivation and encouragement to apply them to your own working practice. I will ensure that learning experiences suit a variety of skill levels and my working ethos is very much about 'practice makes progress'.
The emphasis will be on helping you to develop your own style, rather than just copy exactly what I am working on in the same way. Therefore, you will not often find a photo provided for you to copy and not a line drawing to trace either. I am passionate about developing drawing skills so full encouragement and guidance will also be given in this area where possible. As the community builds there will be the opportunity to include demonstrations on themes and techniques that members may request.
Video 1 will be released in the first half of the month and video 2 in the second half of the month. The videos will have a voice over included, recorded in real time with increased speed only when necessary. They are not broadcast live at present, and you will be able to re-watch the videos too and submit any questions that you may have.
The Digital Downloads are resources that will support your learning in your quest to illustrate and discover more about natural history art and botanical art. Over time they will cover a wide range of subjects and techniques, often associated with one of the videos uploaded each month. They will be in PDF format.
Mentorship for individual artists. As part of the Little Owl membership, once a month you can send me via email several images of one piece of artwork, which I will then review and provide written feedback in a PDF document. Tips on 'where to next?' will also be included. Once you have received the feedback there will also be the opportunity to submit follow up questions. Further details can be found by clicking here.
Bonus posts are exactly just that - a bonus. They may include an extra digital download, activities to do alongside your artwork, for example how to create a home-based herbarium, how to store and look after natural subject matter, art material reviews ...... There will be nature highlights from my garden and other green spaces that I explore and visit, wildlife gardening tips and links to other amazing subjects and articles. Phew! So much to share together!
WHAT IS PATREON?
By supporting creators you love on Patreon, you're becoming an active participant in their creative process. As a member, you receive exclusive content, community access, behind-the-scenes updates, and the pride of fueling work that matters to you.
CAN I CANCEL MY PLEDGE ANY TIME?
Yes, you can easily cancel or upgrade your pledge at any time!
HOW CAN I SUBSCRIBE?
Follow the link by clicking on the button at the top of this page. You can then choose your membership level, sign up for Patreon, add a payment method and then you will have access to the learning experiences and resources each month.
WHEN IS PAYMENT TAKEN?
You will be charged on the day you subscribe, giving you access to all content shared with your chosen tier. On the 1st of the following month, you will simply return to being charged monthly at the beginning of the month.
Example: A patron joins a Patreon community on February 25th for £10 per month. You will be charged £10 on the day you join, February 25th, for February patronage. On March 1st, you will be charged £10 for March patronage.