Botanical Illustration: The first ten lessons

Author(s): Valerie Price


This practical introduction to botanical illustration is formed of ten graded lessons, where each teaches you new skills to build upon the last. From mushrooms to orchids to hawthorn berries and leaves; once you've completed these lessons in drawing and painting botanical subjects, you will have all the techniques you need in order to tackle far more complex arrangements. An experienced teacher of botanical illustration, Valerie Price shows even the uninitiated illustrator how to produce accurate and beautiful results, with her step-by-step instructions on how to tackle each individual project. With advice on topics including accurate drawing, measuring and recording your subject, right the way through to preparing a well-composed botanical plate, this book covers everything you need to know to get ahead in botanical illustration.


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An introduction to botanical illustration in ten step-by-step lessons, covering all the basics for drawing and painting flowers and plants.

Valerie C. Price is a professional botanical illustrator and teacher. She gained a degree in scientific illustration, and has since worked at Kew Gardens, contributing to their publications and journals. Her work has been published by the Royal Horticultural Society, Collins, Dorling Kindersley and many others. Valerie has exhibited her work on several occasions, including at the Hunt Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, the Kew Gallery, and the Society of Botanical Illustrators.

Introduction Equipment Composition Techniques Lesson One: Accurate Drawing Lesson Two: Leaf Lesson Three: Apple Lesson Four: Mushroom Lesson Five: Pencil Lesson Six: Pen and Ink Lesson Seven: Flower Lesson Eight: Foliage Lesson Nine: Hawthorne Leaves and Berries Lesson Ten: Botanical Plate Conclusion Mounting and Framing Societies and Exhibitions Further Reading Suppliers Glossary Index

General Fields

  • : 9781912217151
  • : Herbert Press
  • : Herbert Press
  • : November 2017
  • : 246mm X 189mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Valerie Price
  • : Paperback
  • : 136
  • : 150 colour illus