Drawing a Tulip: Step by Step Guide, (Downloadable PDF)

This brilliant downloadable art project contains a step-by-step guide to drawing a tulip with results that can be easily achieved at home. 

The guide includes expert advice from one of Kew's talented freelance botanical artists Hazel Wilks and every purchase of this download directly supports Kew's vital conservation work.

This accessible PDF guide includes 21 detailed steps with supporting coloured photography and straightforward advice that take you through the stages of creating a professional and beautiful botanical drawing.

In addition to the step-by step instructions, you will also receive the artist's top tips to achieving success.

"I hope you enjoy this as a creative exercise and a way to improve your observation techniques. Try to look at the tulip a lot as you work… as often we draw what we think we see, not what we actually see." Hazel Wilks.

Suggested equipment List

Please note that you don’t necessarily have to have all the items listed here. These are just what the artist recommends for the very best results. The watercolour paper for example, has an uneven surface which means that you can build up a number of layers of colour, achieve more vibrant colours in your drawing of a tulip.

You will need:

1. A tulip or a photo of a tulip for reference

2. A sketch book/ or sheet of cartridge paper

3. An HB pencil, sharpener and eraser

4. Dividers to measure your subject (not essential)

5. Tracing paper

6. Scotch tape or masking tape

7. A sheet of hot press watercolour paper 300gsm

8. Sticky back plastic 9. Fixative or hairspray (not essential)

10. Coloured pencils

Artist Profile: Hazel Wilks

Hazel was born in Zimbabwe and completed a BSc degree at Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1994. While travelling in her early twenties she worked at the University of Hong Kong and found a way to combine her twin passions, art and science, and started publishing botanical illustrations. She now lives in the UK and has been a freelance illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 2002, specialising in black and white plant depictions.

Hazel also teaches weekend art workshops for the Adult Education programme at Kew Gardens: https://www.kew.org/learning/short-courses.

Once you've made your purchase you will be provided with a link to the project which can then be downloaded as a PDF.

Please note, once downloaded this product is non-refundable.





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