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Botanical illustration
Publication Information:
Ramsbury : Crowood, 2008.
Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
An introduction to the marrying of art and science in the aesthetic and accurate portrayal of plant material.

The history of botanical illustration -- Simple botany of plants and flowers -- Materials and equipment -- Preparation of plant material -- Observation techniques -- Starting to draw -- Developing tonal studies -- Preparing to paint -- Colours and paint -- Watercolour techniques -- What do I paint? -- How do I paint? -- Alternative media -- Help! The plant is too big for the page -- Finishing touches -- Photography and computers.
An introduction to the marrying of art and science in the aesthetic and accurate portrayal of plant material.


Call Number
758.42 Oxley 2008

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Building on the work of illustrators of the past, ranging from Elizabeth Blackwell, whose drawings helped to release her husband from debtors' prison, through to the exceptional scientific drawings of Beatrix Potter, this book deals with both the practical art and the related botany of the subject. Starting with an introduction to basic botany; this guide next covers preparation of plant material for drawing and the use of pencils, watercolors, colored pencils, and pen and ink; and finishes with

correcting mistakes and finishing touches and suggested topics for further study.

Author Notes

Valerie Oxley is a freelance tutor who helped develop the first diploma in botanical illustration.

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Library Journal Review

Oxley, one of the founders of the diploma in botanical illustration at the University of Sheffield, England, presents a meticulous volume for the serious student. Building on the work of past illustrators from Elizabeth Blackwell to Beatrix Potter, she marries the art and science of botany in this highly recommended work. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.