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"...offers the first practical guide to creating botanical artworks using colored pencils.... Any botanical artist needs this."
--The Midwest Book Review

"A fine guide by an accomplished teacher of colored-pencil methods."
--Library Journal

"An invaluable book for all botanical artists wanting to try this medium."

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About the Author

Ann Swan is a member of the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists in the U.K., and exhibits her work at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows in London, and the Hunt Institute's International Exhibition in Pittsburgh. She conducts painting workshops in England and the U.S.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764169742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764169748
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A keen gardener Ann finally turned her attention to drawing plants in the late 1980's. Self-taught, she works primarily in graphite and coloured pencil and is now well known for her love of fine detail, vibrant colours and strong contemporary design. She first exhibited in 1990 and has exhibited at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in 1994 and at the Hunt Institute's 8th International Exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA. Recently retired from many years exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ann is now a judge on the RHS Picture Panel and still regularly exhibits with the Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is represented in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and has been commissioned for ceramics by Jersey Pottery and The Southern Bulb Company of Texas. Ann is passionate about coloured pencils and now teaches her techniques around the world.

Medal History
1990 RHS Silver Gilt Medal
1991 RHS Gold Medal
1993 RHS Gold Medal
1994 Silver Medal 14th World Orchid Conference
1997 RHS Gold Medal
1999 RHS Gold Medal (jointly with Gillian Barlow and Pauline Dean)

Awards
2004 SBA President's Award for work in other media (shared)
2004 SBA People's Choice
2011 SBA Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award
2011 UKCPS 3rd Best in Show
2011 UKCPS People's Choice Coloured Pencil
2011 UKCPS People's Choice Mixed Media

Pictures purchased by the RHS Lindley Library
'Parasol Trio' 2006
'Prickly Pear' 2008
'American Corn' 2009

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By meg on July 3, 2010
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If like me, drawing is your preferred medium and you love botanical art then this is the book you've been waiting for. There are many books on botanical illustration out there but none that are devoted to working solely with graphite and colored pencil. At most, you may get a chapter and one demonstration in the other books, but nothing this comprehensive. I only wish the book was longer, with more demonstrations and examples of other colored pencil artists' works. But having said that, I found the book extremely informative about the nuts and bolts of doing botanical art with colored pencils. If you've read other colored pencil how-to books you may be familiar with a lot of the basics, and if you've read how-to books on botanical art you're familiar with those basics, but it was nice bringing the two subjects together in one book. Her explanations are clear and easy to follow and understand, and the artwork is gorgeous. Colored pencil has taken a bit of back seat to watercolor in the field of botanical illustration, but this book shows that it certainly doesn't have to. Definitely inspiring. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well worth the money.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Marsha and Roger on August 9, 2010
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Thorough book with lots of information on how to get more out of colored pencil drawing. Very complete descriptions of the properties of differnet types of colored pencils and using them together, including using wax-based Prismacolor pencils with oil-based and water soluable pencils. Techniques are useful for all subjects, not just botanical drawings.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Anne J. Ryan on October 1, 2010
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Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils is a very generous volume of information . The practical information detailing the kinds of pencils, colors and paper is excellent and the number of color plates with excellent detail inform visually. Ann Swan breaks down the elements of botanical illustration with valuable tutorials on such things as tendril drawing and the rendering of spines and prickles. There is a chapter on techniques and various ways to employ them. Ann Swan seems to really want to foster her fellow botanical enthusiasts and I am grateful.I recommend this book without reservation.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 16, 2010
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Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils offers the first practical guide to creating botanical artworks using colored pencils. The usual format is watercolors - which can be demanding. Colored pencils have become more popular for detail work among botanical artists, and their use here focuses on their visual effects and the basics of matching colors and achieving detail in botanical drawings. Any botanical artist needs this.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Fouts on February 7, 2013
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Having settled on graphite and colored pencils as preferred vehicles for artistic expression, I have bought many books and several sets of both colored and graphite pencils. This is by far the best book I have found. Whether or not you are convinced botanical art is your passion, this book can be instrumental in honing your drawing and color skills for any number of styles. Form development, identifying underlying and layers of color patterns, and clear tone execution...this book covers it all. I have found this book to be the most helpful art book in my library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Biology teacher on August 27, 2011
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I'm a beginner, and I learned a fair bit from the detailed directions in this lovely book. Some of it is hard to replicate on your own, but who said art was easy? This is definitely a worthwhile book if you want to improve your technique, especially if you are beginner to intermediate level at using coloured pencils.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HobbyJunkie on October 12, 2010
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I got this book to use as an art reference books and it's loaded with color pencil drawings of many different plants, fruits and vegetables and they are really nice. It's inspired me to get out my colored pencils, dust them off, and do some botanical drawings of my own!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Discerning on March 7, 2012
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This book will soon have you sorting gloomily through your suddenly inadequate pencil collection. It's very reasonably priced for the great tips and techniques that you will learn. Drawings are accompanied by a list of the pencils and colours used and it has all you need (apart from talent) to start you off or improve on botanical painting. It includes flowers, vegetables, leaves and fruit and it's ideal for those wishing to improve on still life drawings. As I think others have said, Ann Swan has been extremely generous in sharing such detailed information, which is what makes this book so good.
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