In their latest volume, Meriel and Rosie dispel much of the myth and mystique that surrounds the subject of botanical illustration.
Although it is a topic that can involve a lifetime of study, there are approaches you can adopt and techniques you can learn quickly that will take you a long way towards producing detailed and lifelike representations of flowers and plants.
Practised experts themselves, Meriel and Rosie have broken the process down into a series of easy-to-follow stages that take you through each step of building up a finished work. They also explain what to look for in your subject, how to choose colours and the techniques for recording both detail and structure.
In each chapter, a fully-worked exercise will put what you’ve learnt into practice before you move onto the next step. These are nicely graded so that you’ll be building up your skills by actual working. It’s an encouraging, hands-on approach that means you can see results all the time and are never bogged down in theory. Media include both watercolour and coloured pencils.
This is a thorough but wonderfully uncomplicated guide to what can be a very technical subject.
Book: Batsford Books – Hardback – Colour Throughout – 144 pages.