Watercolor Illustration: Botanical Poster

Live Online Workshop
Client: Google
Nov 5th and 6th, 2020

A fun workshop I taught for Google's San Francisco and NYC teams. The teams learned to paint with watercolors via lecture & a demo and practiced blending techniques of water-based media. Since we organized it for November, the participants painted Autumn florals. 

As a team-building activity, I unified their final illustrations into a poster - an art piece of their collaborative efforts and team work. The high-res poster could then be shared with friends & family, on social media, or printed for framing and home deco. We made this a relaxing learning experience, and used the 1.5-hour workshop to meditate in the process of watercolor painting.

Final poster by the San Francisco team.

Final poster by the NYC team.

LECTURE

The participants learned how to paint from photo references, as well as techniques for watercolor application, bleeding & blending.

DEMO

The Lecture was followed up by a demonstration via an overhead camera. I described my process of stylizing forms and playfulness in drawing style. We also went over how to combine colors with wet-on-wet technique and achieve cool effects via soap, salt and vinegar.

PRACTICE

Each participant chose a flower or plant that they painted from a photo reference. I was able to consult and address any questions as the team progressed with their art.

Once each artwork was collected, I combined them in Photoshop to create an original collage poster - a masterpiece of the team's collaborative efforts!

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