Kristin will lead a studio-style class in which she will show examples of her pen & ink botanical drawings, demonstrate her techniques, and provide one-on-one coaching. Kristin is known for her faithfully-rendered portraits of California native plants. To learn more about her and to see examples of her work, visit www.kristinjakob.com.
Materials: For an optional $5 materials fee, Kristin will provide one of the finest-tipped Pigma Micron pens, and a mounted piece of acid-free Bristol paper, or participants may bring their own pens and paper.
Participants should bring drawing pencils (B & F or HB), sharpener & eraser, a drawing lamp, and plant specimens. Kristin will also bring specimens.
Essentially self-taught, Kristin honed her technique at London’s Royal College of Art, where she was awarded an M.A. in 1981. Kristin has exhibited widely in the United States and in London. She has self-published an ever-expanding line of cards and fine art prints, and selectively undertakes private and commercial commissions. Her award-winning botanical art has illustrated numerous journals and several books, and has graced packaging designs and educational posters. Published illustration commissions include a series of line drawings of California native plants for a UC Press book on their cultivation, a wildflower poster and a set of four placemats/posters depicting grasses, both for the California Native Plant Society.
Working almost exclusively from live specimens, I begin with a sketch, then a detailed pencil rendering on hot-press, acid-free paper. I then apply watercolor, first with small areas of wash, and later with rather dry paint applied with tiny brushes to gradually build up color, depth and detail. My pen & ink drawings also are started with a pencil drawing, over which the line and stippling are carefully applied with the smallest available Rapidograph pens. Extraneous pencil can be erased once the paint or ink is completely dry.