Botany for Artists

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An introduction to plant science for artists who wish to draw or paint plants or flowers without sacrificing technical accuracy to aesthetic quality Many botanical artists struggle when closely observing their subject and do not have the structural knowledge necessary to enhance the quality and precision of their work. This informative book addresses the intricacies of plant and floral structure, form, and behavior, seeking to equip artists with a more comprehensive understanding of botany. It explains ...

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Overview

An introduction to plant science for artists who wish to draw or paint plants or flowers without sacrificing technical accuracy to aesthetic quality Many botanical artists struggle when closely observing their subject and do not have the structural knowledge necessary to enhance the quality and precision of their work. This informative book addresses the intricacies of plant and floral structure, form, and behavior, seeking to equip artists with a more comprehensive understanding of botany. It explains basic biological concepts to enhance the understanding of observation, introducing all main groups of plants and fungi; provides a springboard of knowledge to enable the reader to tackle more academic literature; offers observation helpsheets; and encourages a more confident approach to botanical painting and illustration.

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"Aspiring botanical artists hoping to improve their plant renderings will learn much from this guide, as can any visually oriented person who is interested in plants."  —Library Journal 
Library Journal
This book reflects Leech's dual loyalties to science and art; she worked as a botanist before becoming a botanical artist. Though this introduction to plant science is written primarily for artists, readers will not find discussion of specific techniques or materials here. Instead, they will find many close-up photos and diagrams of plants, explanations of specialized vocabulary and classification, comparison charts, and questionnaire forms that readers can use to focus and clarify their observation. VERDICT Aspiring botanical artists hoping to improve their plant renderings will learn much from this guide, as can any visually oriented person who is interested in plants.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847972781
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 797,642
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizabeth Leech trained and worked as a botanist before pursuing art. She regularly lectures on various aspects of botany for artists and exhibits widely.

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