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Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color Paperback – July 20, 2010
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She encourages her students to slow down, observe closely, learn step-by-step. A very well-written and beautifully illustrated book. A must for every artist.
Surrounded by nature, as we in the Hudson Valley are so lucky to be, it's easy to swept away by the beauty. We pick flowers, grow vegetables and hunt mushrooms to sustain both body and soul. All so ephemeral! We've all wished that we could save particularly beautiful specimens forever. Now, there's a new how-to book that can show you how to do just that, by learning the art of botanical drawing.
Before you say "drawing is best left to the professionals" consider the following:
Drawing is a skill anyone can learn. In this digital, keyboard-driven world, drawing has fallen into a group of skills that is used less and less. Most of us were never even given good drawing lessons as children. So it might be surprising to hear that drawing actually takes no more eye-hand coordination than handwriting. After a few hours of instruction and practice almost anyone can make a very good representation of a natural object. The keys are observation, practice, and a good teacher.
Drawing helps you understand your subject. Drawing requires you to closely examine the structure and every detail of an object, leading to many new insights.
Drawing helps you remember your subject. Slowing down, looking, and then drawing, imprints all elements more durably in the mind's eye than mere observation alone.
Drawing creates a beautiful and accurate record of what you've seen. That's why the best mycology books include drawing as the primary or secondary type of illustration. With drawing you can capture details and structure that no camera can.
Drawing is a way of slowing down and appreciating nature.Read more ›
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Detailed and full of information .. It's exactly what the title says it is. So if you are really into botanicals this is the book for you!Published 25 days ago by Frank Hunt
A beautiful book and most helpful in creating watercolor plant illustrations.Published 2 months ago by Trudy N. Snell
Ms Hollender is capable of much finer drawings than this book portrays. I don't know if it is the photography or what. I also don't think the information is very well organized. Read morePublished 3 months ago by herb grower
Great instruction for botanical art. Loved the extensive drawing lessons. A tiny bit disappointed that it was just colored pencils and no watercolors though. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Clancy
Lovely book with lots of instructions. Many others have asked to look at it in art class. It is a go to when planning to include a flower in my watercolor paintings.Published 5 months ago by Dippy Diner