It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King is finally available!
This 128-page publication with a foreword by prof. Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, it covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life and from pressed specimens, composition, light and shade, transferring drawings and more.
Christable King has a dual training in botany and scientific illustration, she has been working as a botanical illustrator for 40 years and started illustrating for Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1975. Christable is one of the foremost botanical illustrators at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Congratulations Christabel King! This book is an excellent teaching manual both for beginners and experienced illustrators. Warmly recommended!

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