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Monday, April 12, 2010

Botany for the Artist

Botany for the Artist is a visually stunning guide, not just for anyone wishing to master the art of drawing but all those who are passionate about plants and how they are portrayed.

Understanding the form and external components of the plant is the foundation for any botanical illustration. In Botany for the Artists Sarah Simblet illustrates the amazing diversity of plants including mosses and algae. She also incorporates macrofungi (mushrooms) in this book.

Complemented by stunning photographs the author’s exquisite drawings illustrate the structure of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits. She also includes several ‘Master classes’, examples from Renaissance masters to contemporary illustrators to show how botanical artists have portrayed plants over the centuries.

Sarah Simblet is an artist, writer and freelance lecturer in drawing teaching in the national Gallery of London and at the University of Oxford.

Sam Scott-Hunter is renowned for his powerful images.

The botanical accuracy in this book is verified by Stephen Harris, Oxford University Herbaria.

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