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Drawing and Painting Plants Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928419
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brodie's holistic, comprehensive approach blends drawing and painting techniques with botanical terminology and suggestions for gathering plant material. Beginning with the basics of classification and using scientific taxonomy as the underpinning of her instructional scheme, British author Brodie presents lessons in drawing and watercolor technique emphasizing the use of basic shapes, a special chart illustrating color mixing to create a large range of greens, and rendering flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves, stems, roots, trees, fungi, and flowerless plants such as ferns and algae via understanding their structure and function. Additional painting media include gouache, acrylics, and ink. This user-friendly guide for artists of all levels includes illustrations demonstrating techniques that include magnification and drawing to scale. Whitney Scott
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"Brodie's holistic, comprehensive approach blends drawing and painting techniques with botanical terminology, presentation skills, and suggestions for gathering plant material. Thsi user-friendly guide for artists of all levels with a botanical interest includes many illustrations demonstrating techniques that include magnification and drawing to scale." Whitney Scott, Booklist

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeneen Sommers on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book consist of detailed botanical illustrations of flowers, plants, trees, vines, leaves and mushrooms. I bought this book so I could get an inspiration for my graphic design work and the book almost have it. It shows the details of tree barks and stems, cross section of flowers, roots and bulbs. If only it covered more fruits like berries and strawberries it could have been better. Since I prefer color illustrations, I wasn't so crazy about the pen & ink drawings. I really like the fern illustrations on page 115. Overall, this is a great book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher T. Dahle on July 20, 2009
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While the initial pages, with their detailed, beginner level descriptions of materials and media suggested to me that this would be a great introduction to drawing and painting plants for a complete novice, I found that I was completely lost after just a few pages.

My goal was to be able to illustrate my own garden notebook with quick sketches of the plants growing there. This would be a nice way of documenting the development of my garden plants, and especially the onset and progress of diseases, pests, weather damage and sometimes even the food produced in my garden. Alas while there may be a book that would help me with that, this one wasn't it.

However, it is a beautifully designed book, and it contains wonderful information for the would be botanist. The information and drawings are exactly what students of plants need to know to use a key to identify and classify plants in the field.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Sylvester on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is for the serious student of botanical art.
Step by step introduction to botany for the artist and very detailed information including dissections.
There are detailed examples of different technique.
Look to other books for history of botanical art section.

I am a beginner and would suggest the following order:
Christina Brodie - Drawing and Painting Plants - Intermediate to advanced but with more detail and step by step information
Bente Starcke King - Beautiful Botanical - very good details - beginner to advanced.
Margaret Steven, The Art of Botanical Painting- Intermediate to advanced
Siriol Sherlock - Botanical Illustration - Painting with watercolours - has nice history of botanical art section.
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Format: Paperback
My major criticism of this book is that it is mostly about botany and the technical terms that are used to describe plants. There is very little information on how to draw and paint plants. For example, in Chapter 3, the author lists and defines the technical terms that describe flowers, fruits and seeds--terms like clinandrium, androgynophore, siliqua, and hesperidium. But in Chapter 2, on drawing and watercolour technique, the author provides only five short paragraphs on watercolour painting technique and one eight-step example on painting a rose.
Far superior books on painting and drawing plants are Beautiful Botanicals by King, Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project by Martin and Thurstan, and Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils by Swan.
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By Margaret A. Stevens on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this book to be fantastic, with amazing pictures that would inspire anyone. I would recommend it to anyone.
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