The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration
Kew is eminent world wide in botanical science and the look at and preservation of plant species, and Christabel King has been doing illustrations for them for 40 years and is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, the use of dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and transferring drawings. She goes on to talk about painting leaves, flowers, cactii and succulents, wildflowers, trees and plates for Curtis’s Botanical magazine. A chapter on shuttle drawings gives a flavour of the writer’s passion and world wide revel in. There’s a helpful section on suitable subjects for beginners and a thesaurus of terms. The text is highly illustrated during with beautiful paintings.
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