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May 19, 2020
| ISBN 9781465494283
Apr 19, 2010
| ISBN 9780756672348
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May 19, 2020 | ISBN 9781465494283
Apr 19, 2010 | ISBN 9780756672348
Join artist Sarah Simblet on an inspirational journey of discovery as she makes drawings of every type of plant.From the tiniest mosses to exotic flowers and majestic trees, this book shows how understanding botany will give your portraits of plants vibrancy and life. In Botany for the Artist, Sarah Simblet takes you on a personal tour of the kingdom of plants, encouraging you to observe them more closely and draw them more accurately. Complemented by beautiful photographs, Sarah’s drawings reveal the structure of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits as she explains how plants breathe, feed, and produce fruits. If you have ever wondered how photosynthesis works, why leaves change color in the autumn, or how seeds know when to grow, Botany for the Artist has all the answers.Step-by-step drawing classes and detailed pages from Sarah’s sketchbooks guide you through all the techniques that you need to draw plants successfully. Masterclasses by famous artists – from Renaissance masters to contemporary illustrators – showcase different approaches to botanical illustration over the centuries. Botany for the Artist is a visual feast, not just for anyone wishing to master drawing plants, but for gardeners, photographers, and everyone who is passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art.
A beautiful reference and guidebook for anyone interested in drawing or painting plant life. Written by an acclaimed artist and art teacher, it examines the biological structure behind plants, fungi, and algae, teaches the reader how to see and express that natural beauty, and explores different approaches taken by great artists to portray botanical life. Dozens of crisp, full-color photographs of all kinds of flora and fungi are paired with artistic sketches and expert commentary, allowing the reader to fully understand the connection between the subject, the painter, and the work. From ferns to flowers, leaves to lichens, and mosses to mushrooms, Sarah Simblet not only educates the reader on botany and trains technical skills, but draws on her deep knowledge and love of the medium to inspire creation and cultivate a real engagement with the art. Simblet teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford, and has written other well-regarded books on both art (Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book, and Sketch Book for the Artist) and botany (The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century, written in collaboration with forest scientist Gabriel Hemery).
Dr. Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, writer, and broadcaster whose work explores the relationship among science, history, and art. The author of Anatomy for the Artist and Sketchbook for the Artist and coauthor of The New Sylva, Sarah is… More about Sarah Simblet
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