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