Natural History Illustration
The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
Hardcover ISBN: 0847866726
Reproduced from an archival copy, this handsome boxed set includes a new edition of John James Audubon's classic work on animals along with twenty-four facsimile prints suitable for framing. Following the success of his Birds of America, John James Audubon set out to document North America's mammals--many never before depicted or seen outside of their native habitat--in the breathtaking color and detail that was his trademark. First published in 1854, Audubon's portraits of the nation's native mammals are still considered by many to include the finest animal prints ever published. To create this edition of Audubon's classic work, the original archive edition housed at London's Natural History Museum has been specially photographed and each of the 150 hand-colored prints painstakingly reproduced. The book also includes information on the current biological names and conservation status for each species, as some have sadly become extinct or endangered since Audubon's time, making this a welcome addition to the collections of bibliophiles and nature lovers alike.
The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America
Hardcover ISBN: 0847834832
A national treasure is celebrated in this landmark publication. The Birds of America is a monumental classic, but it has never been explored like this before. This important new volume presents all the dazzling watercolors that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. We are familiar with the prints engraved by Robert Havell Jr., but Audubon's Aviary illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself and tells the story behind their creation with fresh insights and engaging quotes from his writings. These powerful paintings—all newly photographed using state-of-the-art techniques—possess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment.These watercolors transmit Audubon's devotion to his craft with their inscriptions and layers of media wrought with a miniaturist's attention to detail and their revolutionary compositions, which for the first time in history depicted all the birds life-size. Audubon is considered America's first great watercolorist, introducing innovative approaches developed over a lifetime of study. Even judged alongside today's technology, his dramatic tableaux remain some of the most spectacular natural history documents and visually arresting works of art ever produced.
Beginner's Guide to Botanical Flower Painting
Paperback ISBN: 1782213104
Clean, fresh and precise botanical artwork is within your grasp, with Michael Lakin's clear and simple approach. Michael Lakin, known for his wonderful traditional botanical art, teaches you how to recreate the beauty of nature from first principles. Using Michael's six-stage process, you'll soon be able to reproduce any flower you choose in exacting detail. This complete guide to the crisp, precise finish of botanical painting marries traditional technique with contemporary style and includes sections on color, drawing, continuous tone, composition and dissection. Michael Lakin makes botanical art approachable with simple exercises and a variety of step-by-step instructional approaches, making this a fantastic guide for aspirational beginners.
Using Graphite and Coloured Pencils
Paperback ISBN: 1782212965
Few creatures symbolize the beauty of the natural world better than birds, while their delicacy, poise and power combine to create irresistible subject for the artist. More than a teaching guide, the book is a sumptuous well of ideas and inspiration that covers everything from observing birds in the wild to photography, composition and setting. Award-winning artist Alan Woollett shows you the techniques, materials and compositional skills you need to create your own stunning realistic bird artwork using graphite and colored pencils.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit and Other Plant Life
Paperback ISBN: 1782212604
A definitive artist's guide to drawing detailed and accurate plants, flowers and other vegetation in pencil. Botanical Drawing touches on the history of this fascinating art form, its rules and practicalities, and includes an accessible, basic study of botany for the absolute beginner. In this informative volume, artist Penny Brown expertly explains the materials, learnings and techniques required to produce accurate botanical illustrations. Follow her clear step-by-step instructions and close studies and explorations of the subjects to produce your own illustrations of plants, flowers, vegetables and their myriad parts. The aim of this book is to give you the confidence and enthusiasm to tackle your own projects; to show you how broad a subject botanical drawing is, and how satisfying and enjoyable it can be. "Study nature diligently, be guided by nature... for truly art is hidden in nature and he who can draw it out possesses it." - Albrecht Dürer
Botanical Drawing in Color
A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color
Paperback ISBN: 0823007065
Botanical Drawing In Color offers a thorough immersion into the world of scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, and artistically rendered natural illustration. Whether you’re just broaching this unique skill or are already an expert, these step-by-step instructions are an invaluable reference guide, written by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field, Wendy Hollender. Each lesson here increases in complexity to build your skill set in a clear, concise, and accessible way. With a focus on the natural world through the botanical life-cycle, each project is not only a technical study, but a beautiful piece of artwork in and of itself. Learn: • Single light source toning technique • Principles of perspective for drawing flowers • The fundamentals of plant anatomy • Colored pencil techniques and color theory of the natural world
Botanical Line Drawing
200 Step-by-Step Flowers, Leaves, Cacti, Succulents, and Other Items Found in Nature
Paperback ISBN: 0399582193
An easy, no-skills-necessary guide to drawing flowers, leaves, and cacti with 200 step-by-step prompts. Line drawing is an easy-to-master art form featuring illustrative, doodle-like designs. It's used widely among artists of many types with both fine and bold lines, creating different variations. Botanical Line Drawing teaches you how to start with the simplest doodles, building into more elaborate, delicate illustrations. This book focuses the extremely popular subject matter of the natural world and includes flowers, leaves, succulents, houseplants, trees, branches, mushrooms, and more. These simple line drawings will allow you to branch out and have fun with your own personal style, as well as inspire you to add flourishes to other projects.
Drawing and Painting Insects
Paperback ISBN: 1847974899
A beautiful guide for botanical artists, natural historians, wildlife artists, and biologists Whatever an artist's experience, whether new to the subject or a seasoned entomologist, this book can help them capture the beauty of insects by helping them understand their structure and appreciate their behavior, movement, color, and habitat. It offers advice on finding insects to draw and paint, including how to raise one's own insect models. It also offers a guide to the anatomy and life cycles of the insect. Step-by-step demonstrations of drawings illustrate perspective, tonal values, and mark-making techniques. Examples of watercolor and oil paintings are given, representing insects in precise, scientific renditions as well as more creative interpretations. Other uses of insect illustration are discussed, including printmaking, sculpture, leather, and glass. The book is superbly illustrated by more than 500 examples and insights from leading artists.
Exotic Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project
Hardcover ISBN: 1849940312
Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan--who run the popular botanical painting course at the Eden Project--have created a practical, inspirational guide, with all the how-tos of capturing flowers, fruits, and vegetables on paper. They cover everything from familiar bananas and pineapples to extraordinary orchids and carnivorous plants, explaining the drawing process with plenty of exercises, step-by-step projects, worksheets, color swatches, sketches, and stunning paintings. Exotic Botanical Illustration is a master class in vivid colors, complex textures, and the pleasing challenges of unusual forms.