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Botanical Line Drawing: 200 Step-by-Step Flowers, Leaves, Cacti, Succulents, and Other Items Found in Nature Paperback – April 3, 2017
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Peggy is native to the Pacific Northwest and is a nationally recognized freelance artist, with worldwide publications as a platform artist. Her specialties include hand lettering and modern calligraphy, line drawing, watercolor illustrations and graphic design, while her skills range vastly in the world of creativity. Peggy is an online instructor and hosts an informational blog and maintains an instructional social media to inspire people to create.
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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. :)
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.
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.