We’re used to seeing animal prints used in fashion and housewares, but it’s always the same wildlife that those prints are inspired from (leopard, zebra, tiger, cow, python). In this set of two workshops, we’re going to look at the skin, scale, and shell patterns of some different reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna), and learn how to create these fascinating and wonderful patterns with colored pencils. Students will learn some interesting facts about the animals we’re using as inspiration (all native to Georgia!), including reasons for their unique patterning. We will learn some colored pencil techniques to get smoother blends, popping contrast, and saturated colors. And we will also look at two different reptile and amphibian artists’ work (one in each class), and discuss ways they make their subjects look realistic and stand out.
Class 1, 5/17, 11:00am-Noon:
Animals- Green treefrog, spotted turtle, spotted salamander, and the eastern newt.
Techniques- Pencil choice, smooth blending, and color saturation.
Class 2, 5/24, 11:00am-Noon:
Animals- Marbled salamander, box turtle, and diamondback rattlesnake.
Techniques- Highlights and shines, advanced patterns and details.