Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals : Secrets of Observational Drawing

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Learn to draw beautiful flowers from the old masters with some help from Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals. Improve your skills by learning techniques on one page, and practicing on the next page.

Imagine learning to draw roses with Redoute, or tulips with Pieter Brugel. Imagine learning the secrets that made their flower paintings stand out in their eras and still stand out today. Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is an art book that shows you how to create flowers that will stand the test of time by taking a close look at the details of great floral paintings, and then coaching you through the techniques.

Each spread in this unique book is made up of two hard working components: The left-hand page features a close-up illustration from a noted 19th century and earlier artist, and the right-hand page, made from quality, uncoated stock, is for drawing. There are also coaching tips, observations, and a demonstrative sketch on each page.

As you progress through the book, you'll get to try a variety of artists' styles, and see how to apply them to your own personal style. Don't wait to get started! By learning from the masters, you'll become a master yourself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 216 x 254 x 15.24mm | 476.27g
  • Rockport, United States
  • English
  • 1631591398
  • 9781631591396
  • 265,580

Table of contents

Tools, Materials, and Tips
Sketchbook Opener
Pussy Willow
Spring Flowers
Lily of the Valley
Still Life with Flowers and Strawberries
Striped Tulip
Three Tulips
Still Life with Tulip, Melon, and Flowers
Three "Broken" Tulips
Apple Blossom
Bearded Iris
Summer Flower Studies
Poppy: Pavot
Belladonna Lily
Rosa Gallica
Branch of Roses
Still Life with Roses
Pink Rose with Buds
Bengal Rose
Eglantera Rose
Old-Fashioned Roses
Yellow Rose
Peony and Double Poppy
Cape Blue Water Lily
Water Lily
Morning Glory
Yellow Chrysanthemums
Autumn Leaves
Oak Leaves and Acorns
Stone Pinecone
Eastern Pinecone
European Holly
About the Artist
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Review quote

"should appeal to the more experienced artist who wants to do their own thinking without being led by the hand at every stage" -- Henry Malt * *
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About Valerie Baines

Valerie Baines is a founding member and past vice president of Britain's Society of Botanical Artists. She has illustrated more than ten books concerned with natural history, including Guernsey Sketchbook, The Naturalist's Garden, The Story of Silk, and Mindful of Butterflies. She has written articles for The Artist magazine on drawing and painting in watercolor and tutors courses on painting at Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Sussex, and at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Dorking, Surrey, where there is a butterfly garden. Valerie Baines resides in East Sussex, in England. Visit her at
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