Online course: Draw & Paint Fairies

Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
Start anytime – 
 $65

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I love drawing fairies. They allow me to combine all my favorite art subjects (children, botanicals, birds, insects, small furry animals) in various whimsical combinations to create a gentle world where you can fish from the top of a Great Blue Heron or hitch a ride on a passing opossum.

Draw and Paint Fairies in Nature is the most ambitious course I’ve ever created, and in addition to 10 interactive lessons there will be 24 illustrated pdf pages that can be assembled to make a handbook of my fairy drawing techniques.

Learn about fairy proportion from infant to adolescent, how to show physical and facial expressions, how to draw assorted wings and attire, how to create a background, how to draw fairies in action (and in flight) or at rest. Draw and paint the fairies’ neighbors, birds and mice. Discover techniques for using color to create a rich natural atmosphere.

This course is open to students at all levels of art experience, and you can have as much instructor guidance and feedback as you like via email. Keep your illustrated printables forever, and your video access for a full year.

To sign up, email me at studio@valwebb.com.

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New course starts April 18

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Eight Flowers Eight Ways
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
$65

This richly illustrated, information-packed course focuses on drawing and painting eight historic flowers (orchid, peony, saffron crocus, angel trumpet and more) using eight very different techniques. We’ll use pencil, ink and watercolor — separately and in various combinations, and in a variety of creative styles. Each lesson, posted weekly on Tuesdays, includes video and multiple printable pages. Unlimited instructor guidance and feedback are available by email. Keep video access for one full year from the start date. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at studio@valwebb.com.

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100 Rescues

Nine years ago I met my best friend, a 65-pound hound mix named Atticus, at a pet adoption hosted by Mobile SPCA. (He’s sitting right beside me as I type this.) I want to thank our SPCA for the important work they do, on behalf of the thousands of dogs and cats who have found homes since Atticus came to me. So I created 100 Rescues.

I will draw and paint 100 dogs and cats, posting each as it is completed on this site, on the Instagram @100rescues and on my studio Facebook page.  These originals are each available for a $25 donation to the Mobile SPCA, through their website. Shipping is free in the US.

Email me with your mailing address after you make your donation, and your artwork will soon be on its way to your door.

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Flounder: 8×10 charcoal on acid-free stock

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Skipper: 8X10 charcoal on acid-free stock

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Ben: 8×10 Ink and Watercolor on handmade paper

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SOLD – THANK YOU!

…And this little fellow is coming soon:

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Start Anytime: Watercolor Lettering

START ANYTIME – KEEP THE VIDEOS FOR A YEAR:

Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
$65

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Create original, decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and a brush. Includes 10 complete projects representing a wide range of styles and historical periods. Topics include illuminated initials, Celtic knotwork, vines and flourishes, Quickhand for your own art journal, creative page design, tips for designing a unique personal alphabet, three easy steps to Deco chrome letters and much more. My first and most popular course. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at studio@valwebb.com.

Start Anytime: Learn to Draw Owls

 

Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark
4 Video Lessons – mini course – work at your own pace
$45

Barred Owl

Develop fundamental drawing skills in pencil and charcoal as you sketch some of nature’s most efficient (and beautiful) predators. Each week will feature a new technique and a new species of owl. No experience necessary — this class is specially designed for beginning and intermediate artists.

Lessons will be information-rich, each consisting of multiple videos and illustrated printable pages., and will be posted on a password-protected web page. A new lesson will post every two weeks. Instructor guidance and feedback is available as often as you like, through email.

Supplies for this course:

  • 4B drawing pencil, any brand
  • Soft kneaded eraser
  • Supply of inexpensive sketch paper for practice
  • Black charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • 2 sheets of toned charcoal paper (gray or buff)

To register, email studio@valwebb.com

Live workshop! Draw & Paint a majestic Atlas moth

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Draw & Paint Majestic Moths

Saturday, May 6 from 9am to 4pm
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
Spanish Fort, Alabama

$135 includes all art supplies and a professionally mounted Atlas moth to keep*

No experience necessary! Learn a simple system for drawing a realistic and detailed pencil foundation, then add layers of watercolor and graphite to create a striking portrait of one of the world’s largest and most beautiful moths. All workshop materials are included, including your art supplies, illustrated printable tutorial pages and the lovely Atlas moth specimen you use as a model.

Enrollment is limited to 15. Step-by-step instructor guidance is provided. Bring a sack lunch for our midday lunch break (there will also be coffee, pastries, fruit and water to enjoy through the day).

To sign up, email studio@valwebb.com.


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Moths are collected after a full natural life cycle, not killed for our use.

Join Draw Paint Letter, the artist/naturalist’s year

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If you want to draw and paint the natural world — birds, botanicals, fish, skies, butterflies and much more — my popular email course, Draw Paint Letter™, is starting up this month. You will receive three tutorials every week: beautifully illustrated printables on Mondays and Wednesdays, a full video lesson on Fridays. Your access to the lessons is PERMANENT. You can watch the videos and download the printed tutorials forever.

No experience is necessary, and the supply list is modest. Instructor feedback and guidance is available at any time, by email. The cost is $30 per month, payable by check or PayPal.

Email me at studio@valwebb.com to sign up.

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Happy drawing, all year long!

 

 

 

 

New course starts April 18!

Eight Flowers Eight Ways
10 Lessons – work at your own pace
$65

This richly illustrated, information-packed course focuses on drawing and painting eight historic flowers (orchid, peony, saffron crocus, angel trumpet and more) using eight very different techniques. We’ll use pencil, ink and watercolor — separately and in various combinations, and in a variety of creative styles. Each lesson, posted weekly on Tuesdays, includes video and multiple printable pages. Unlimited instructor guidance and feedback are available by email. Keep video access for one full year from the start date. Registration is payable by check or PayPal. To sign up, email me directly at studio@valwebb.com.

DOWNLOAD SUPPLY LIST FOR “EIGHT FLOWERS EIGHT WAYS”

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Beautiful Pest

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Invasive species can be beautiful. One example: the butterfly moth (Paysandisia archon), a stowaway in shipments of palms going from its native Argentina to the European mainland. Now thousands of them are happily devouring palm trees from the inside out all along the Mediterranean. But despite their voracious appetite for trees, they are lovely to draw.

 

The camellias have arrived

It’s camellia season on the Gulf Coast and big, showy blossoms are everywhere. Unlike the azalea’s brief explosion of riotous color followed by ten months of weedy-looking shrubbery, the camellia’s glossy greenery looks robust year round. Some varieties bloom for months and can survive, essentially neglected, for centuries.

But I like them because they are such fun to draw. Simple or heavily ruffled, their flowers range from snowy white to delicate pink to intense crimson — or speckled and spattered combinations of these colors. And their crepe texture is perfect for colored pencil. Here’s a recent preliminary drawing using a dark umber Prismacolor pencil:

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And here’s the same drawing, with layers of color added. I used five colors in addition to the umber “foundation drawing” :  Crimson, Cream, Chartreuse, Canary Yellow and Dark Green:

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