Botanical Illustration is an introduction to the marrying of art and science in the aesthetic and accurate portrayal of plant material. This book builds 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. It deals with the practical art and the related botany of the subject. Topics covered include an introduction to basic botany; preparation of plant material for drawing; use of pencil, watercolour, coloured pencil and pen and ink; suggested topics for further study and, finally, correcting mistakes and finishing touches.
Botanical Illustration by Valerie Oxley
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About the author
Valerie Oxley has inspired students from all over the world with her enthusiasm for natural history, and plant illustration in particular. She developed the first Diploma in Botanical Illustration with colleagues at the University of Sheffield, where plant drawing is still taught alongside the related botany. Valerie is a freelance tutor, known for her encouragement and understanding of students' needs, and helping them to develop their own individual style and approach to the subject. Resident - Sheffield
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