- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First Edition edition (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399582193
- ISBN-13: 978-0399582196
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 259 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Botanical Line Drawing: 200 Step-by-Step Flowers, Leaves, Cacti, Succulents, and Other Items Found in Nature Paperback – July 24, 2018
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“ We love Peggy’s take on teaching the art of line drawing. Her joyful approach to embracing imperfections throughout the process is a breath of fresh air. From her perspective, a crooked line is your crooked line—it adds unique character to your artwork. Thanks to her inclusive style, beginners and pros alike can feel confident in their creativity.” —BRIT + CO
“ For anyone who has ever said “I can’t draw,” Peggy’s stepby- step guide to botanical illustration is for you. Her ability to break down complex illustrations into simple shapes will have you creating pieces of artwork you didn’t know were possible. Her style inspires the artist in all of us.” —SKILLSHARE
About the Author
PEGGY DEAN is native to the Pacific Northwest and is a nationally recognized artist, with a focus on modern calligraphy and line drawing. She is the author of the blog The Pigeon Letters. Her work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, White Mag, and Smitten Magazine.
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The format is simple - 200 flowers, branches, leaves, succulents, cacti, mushrooms, acorns, etc. broken down step by step. If illustrating has ever seemed intimidating, this book makes it very easy to get started. There's a broad range of flora in the book, including potted cacti and a cute little mason jar terrarium.
The only (small) con for me is, once again, the print quality. Sadly, I returned her lettering book because the quality was so poor there were nearly blank spots in the middle of a few pages. Happily, the quality on this book is MUCH better. But, the gray print still looks pixelated and the paper is still thin. I think this bothers me because it's such a lovely book and deserves to look it's best. Peggy Dean is super talented, and I hope she's able to find a publisher or a better printer for future books.
Overall, super pleased I bought this book. :)
It did lack in the demonstration of how to make a cohesive picture, but then this book really isn't about that, but I can see how people would like to know how to make a bunch from the flowers.
I like this book and it certainly suits my needs in my fibre art, but maybe not so much if I wanted to learn to draw.
When I first received the book, I glanced thru it and noticed all the easy step-by-step illustrations. Dean used about 5 to 6 simple illustrations that would help anyone learn how to draw these nature elements. Then, I noticed how many different items she actually provided. Two hundred things to draw is amazing for anyone looking to learn to illustrate.
Dean also broke down the nature elements into four categories for easy browsing. When I sat down to watercolor one of her step-by-step illustrations, I took a look at the contents and found one of my favorites sections – the "Cacti & Succulents". I skipped right to that section and browsed thru all the fun doodles and whimsical illustrations. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the cacti illustrations were all playfully potted. Her step-by-step was easy and fast. There is also a helpful area to practice your drawing, so you don't have to worry about extra drawing paper.
If anyone is interested in learning how to draw botanicals, I recommend investing in this helpful book. Also, for anyone that is a bit more advanced, this book is very nice to have for inspiration and it's nice to keep in your library for reference. I will most definitely be looking through this book when I feel the need for a bit of botanical inspiration, feel like doodling along with Peggy, or let anyone draw thru it while it hangs out on our coffee table. Thank you, Peggy for such a fun book.