Natural History Illustration
Art Forms in Nature
The Prints of Ernst Haeckel
Paperback ISBN: 3791319906
The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. This volume highlights the research and findings of this natural scientist. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints, which even in their day, became world famous. Haeckel's portfolio, first published between 1899 and 1904 in separate installments, is described in the opening essays. The plates illustrate Haeckel's fundamental monistic notion of the "unity of all living things" and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy. Incipient microscopic organisms are juxtaposed with highly developed plants and animals. The pages, ordered according to geometric and "constructive" aspects, document the oness of the world in its most diversified forms. This collection of plates was not only well-received by scientists, but by artists and architects as well. Rene Binet, a pioneer of glass and iron constructions, Emile Galle, a renowned Art Nouveau designer, and the photographer Karl Blossfeld all make explicit reference to Haeckel in their work.
The Art of Natural History
Botanical Illustrations, Ornithological Drawings, and Other Masterpieces from the Age of Exploration
Hardcover ISBN: 0847863085
This oversized collector’s edition showcases antique paintings and drawings of birds and animals from the most important natural history collection in France. An unparalleled collection of the most beautiful—yet scientific—depictions of flora and fauna ever produced, these artworks document three centuries of exploration of the far reaches of the world—a rich visual record harking back to a time when science relied upon painstaking human illustration as the only way to record exotic plants and unknown animals observed during voyages of discovery. All the artworks included here were depicted on vellum, a high-quality, long-lasting parchment that fell out of use around 1900 when it was supplanted by photography. France’s national collection consists of over 7,000 such artworks and is among the world’s finest. Flora and fauna from every corner of the globe are represented in precisely rendered color and detail. Sadly, many of the species depicted in these masterful yet hauntingly accurate portraits are now endangered, threatened—or in many cases, already extinct. This volume is both a celebration of the human quest for knowledge and an epitaph for a fast disappearing world—as well as a feast for the eyes for anyone who loves birds or vintage natural history art. This exquisite and timeless book is beautifully presented in a jacketed volume within a slipcase and luxuriously packaged within an illustrated mailer with a handle for portability.
The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
Hardcover ISBN: 0847866726
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.
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
A 21st Century Bestiary
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 022604470x
In the spirit of medieval bestiaries, the author presents a series of bizarre creatures that are very much a part of the real world, including the honey badger, giant squid, axolotl, zebrafish, waterbear, yeti crab and many more.
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.