What is the difference between “Botanical Basics” and “The Practice of Botanical Drawing?”
How long will I have access to the videos, lessons, and community page?
You will have access to the videos, lessons, and community/profile page as long as your subscription to botanical drawing lessons is active.
How do I cancel my subscription?
If you decide you no longer want your subscription, follow these instructions to cancel:
Log in to drawbotanical and click “My Account” in the top right pink header bar. You will see a list called “My Subscriptions.” Click the number next to the subscription you want to cancel. You will land on a page with details about that subscription, and one of the options is to click a “Cancel” button.
What happens to my profile page if I discontinue my subscription?
If you cancel your subscription, your profile page will be unavailable and archived.
How do I update my credit card information?
Log in to drawbotanical and click “My Account” in the top right pink header bar. You will land on a page with the header “My Subscriptions.” Click the number next to the subscription you want to edit. You will land on a page with details about that subscription, and one of the options is to “Change Payment.” Click that button, and you can change or update your card information.
Are the instructional videos available for download?
No. They are streaming videos and require internet access to be viewed.
However, you can purchase Lessons 1 -16 of The Practice of Botanical Drawing on a USB Flash Drive here.
What kind of paper/pencils does Wendy recommend?
Wendy has all of her favorite and recommended art supplies for sale in the Shop.
Are “The Practice of Botanical Drawing” lessons available in print format?
Yes! Purchase the printed, spiral-bound lessons here.
Should I complete the lessons in numerical order?
You can choose to complete botanical drawing lessons in any order and at your own pace. Wendy recommends choosing lessons that use subjects that are readily available during the season that you are currently experiencing (daffodils in spring, red leaves in autumn, etc.).
Who are my “friends?”
When you become someone’s friend, you can view their Activity by going to your Profile page and clicking ”Activity.” Then you can see a horizontal list with options like ”Personal Mentions Favorites Friends Groups”. Click ”Friends” and you will see all updates from people you are friends with.
You do not have to be everyone’s friend.
If you would like to participate in the Group Discussion and gallery uploads, you should become friends with Wendy and Vern so that they can invite you to join the Group boards.
How do I participate in the online discussion?
Once you purchase an online course and log in, you will receive an invitation to become friends with Wendy or Vern. Accept the friend request, and you’ll get an invitation to join your course’s Group Discussion Board. Accept the invitation, and click the “Groups” icon to start the discussion and upload your drawings. There is one Group for each Course: all lessons from that course are discussed in one place.
How do I receive feedback on my works-in-progress?
Once you have accepted an invitation to your course’s Group Discussion Board, click the “Groups” icon, choose your Group, and you will be prompted to upload your drawings, receive feedback and comment on other posts as well. Scroll down to view recent activity in the Group.
What is a Group?
How do I upload my drawings to a Group?
Once you are a member of a Group, click to type in the “Post” box. *It is recommended that you TYPE YOUR TEXT FIRST in this box before uploading a drawing.
Just below the text box, you’ll see an “Add Media” icon that looks like this:
Click the “Add Media” icon and choose the file you want to upload.
Click “Post Update”
How do I photograph my drawings?
To get a good quality image to upload, scan or photograph your drawing.
To scan, you’ll need a digital scanner. Set it to scan at 300dpi in color. Save it as a .jpg file and upload.
To photograph, use a high-resolution camera (many smartphones work well for this). Place your work on a flat surface in a well-lit area (with light coming from all angles if possible—outdoors on a sunny day makes for great photos) and try to photograph it from directly overhead. Edit as needed: rotate, crop, and adjust the resolution. The ideal image is a .jpg at 300dpi, around 1500px wide, and less than 5MB.
Tech-savvy folks: Note there are also simple editing tools available to you within the site once your drawing is posted. If you click your posted image, you should see an “edit” icon or button. Clicking that will take you to another screen with the tabs “Details” and “Image.” Clicking “Image”, and then “Modify Image” will give you access to some simple tools like Rotate and Crop.
How do I attend a monthly webinar?
On the scheduled day of the meeting, at the scheduled time (usually 7:30pm EST), log in and click the “Webinars” button. Click the large, pink button that takes you to this month’s meeting. You will be directed to a login screen. Log in as a “Guest” and type your name in the box.
Once you are inside the virtual meeting room, make sure your volume is up and the Speaker icon is green. Participate in the meeting by typing in the “Chat” box.