Hello friends and welcome back to Lettering by Usha! Lately I’ve been obsessed with something other than lettering – drawing botanicals – and I have Peggy Dean to thank for that (in a good way!).
If you are involved within the creative community you might already be aware of this book. It’s called Botanical Line Drawing. I got my copy off of Amazon. To be honest, I didn’t jump into the craze when the book was first released. I’ve been home for maternity leave and wanted to try something new to accompany my lettering. I’ve seen many artists use this book and decided to give it a try.
Funny story is that the book arrived the day I delivered my baby boy (he’s sleeping as I’m working on this post). It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I got to pick up the book and start using it. I’ve been really enjoying it and thought I would share my thoughts on it here as it really has sparked creativity for me!
What I admire about this book and Peggy Dean’s approach to drawing, is that she makes it so simple! She breaks each botanical drawing into five simple steps that you follow along. Follow the steps and in a few minutes, you have yourself a botanical that looks like a botanical! Ha! There’s even a spot on each page to practise drawing each botanical.
The book itself includes step by step details on how to create flowers, leaves, cacti, succulents, twigs and even mushrooms (My favourite item to draw are the succulents)! I love the range of items covered in this book. I’m not one to draw but because it’s so simple, I’ve been finding myself drawing more with my lettering. I’ve even started to include drawings in my journal and planner.
You can use any materials that you want for these drawings. All you really need is a paper and pen. I’ve used pencil, the Pigma Micron 01 pen, Staedtler triplus fineliner pens and the Artist Loft watercolours. The possibilities are endless! Tombow pens, Crayola markers or even crayons would be really fun to use as well. This book along with a pack of pens, would make for a great gift for the creative person in your life.
What are you waiting for?! I hope this post has inspired you to get creating. Be sure to show me some of your creations by tagging me on Instagram or send me an email. If you come across any new materials that you would recommend using with this book, let me know!