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Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants Hardcover – April 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; 1 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756652502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756652500
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Simblet teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has studied and worked in Oxford, Cheltenham, Heidelberg, and Madrid, and was awarded her PhD by the University of Bristol. Her drawings are in national and private collections, including the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Ashmolean in Oxford.

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I'm glad I discovered this book.
Patti Christensen Woodard
Lots of great photos, drawn examples, useful and interesting information and step-to-step explanations.
Ievgeniia Lakosnyk
This book is for people wanting to learn more and practice botanical Artists skills.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Botany for the Artist is a gorgeous reference for plants. The pages are filled with a mix of photographic plant portraits and Sarah Simblet's detailed sketches. Everything's beautifully laid out. The exquisite illustrations in the book are mainly black and white.

As with typical DK books, it's also filled with educational information. Every part of the plant is explored, from the roots, stems, leaves, flowers to the fruits. They are provided with scientific names and also interesting information on how they grow and their functions.

The drawing lessons are short two-page guides at drawing found throughout the book. There are tips on capturing likeness, establishing the composition, adding colours and details. Also included are selected features on Renaissance botany artist.

This is an excellent resource for botany artists. Having this book is like having a botany art museum at home.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Webgecko on October 11, 2010
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Amazing resource, breath-taking imagery and photos. Excellent survey of Botany for the artist. This shouldn't be confused with a college level botany reference. This is botany for poets. But it covers the material a botanical illustrator must know without getting mired down.

I do wish they had covered a bit about the frequent confusion over tree identification and the tricky genetics that can baffle botanists as well as laymen. That really isnt much of a gripe to have.

Buy this book.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By The Gardener on June 5, 2010
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I have many botanical art book but this one is the best. Easy to follow with great insights and tips. It goes without saying that it also a beautiful book.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
An art instructor at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and at the Royal College of Art in London, Sarah Simblet draws upon her many years of experience and expertise in "Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants" to create a superbly organized and presented 256-page, fully illustrated compendium of step-by-step illustrations and instructions that will enable even the most novice of art students to produce accurate drawings of plants ranging from roots, stems and leaves, to flowers, fruit, cones, and seeds. Of special note is the opening chapters providing insights into the elements of such images, as well as to the materials and basic techniques required for producing them. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants" is especially recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Art Instruction reference collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Dell on January 18, 2011
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Well presented and useful approach to the subject. Wonderful photos and illustrations. I am a practiced botanical painter and found the approach fascinating and helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luca M. Palermo on January 10, 2011
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I recently purchased the book by Sarah Simblet "Botany for the Artist: an Inspirational Guide". Well. I am painting flowers and plants for about 30 years now and there is always the need for scientific informations. In this book the constant parallel between photographs and scientific naming, the drawings and the finished paintings also made by famous Artists makes this book an unique compendium for everybody wanting to portray the Green World.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on January 11, 2011
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This book was a present for my artist daughter. The botany is accurate (I'm a botanist so I really do know that) and the illustrations, along with the photographs, are just gorgeous. It's an inspiration just to look at the beauty of plants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plant Luv on March 28, 2012
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As an artist, animals have usually been my focus, but doing some research on plants, I came across this book and had to have it for my own. Great for the artist or botanist and also for the plant lovers among us. It is not only beautifully put together, it is a wealth of information. I also purchased one as a gift to an artist friend who also loves plants, I was that impressed.
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