Botanical Drawing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit and Other Plant Life

Author(s): Penny Brown


This book provides a thorough and expert guide to the subject of botanical drawing, through detailed text, examples of the author's own studies, short exercises and larger projects. Penny Brown produces traditional botanical drawings primarily rendered in pencil.

The book touches on the history of botanical drawing, the rules and practicalities, and includes an accessible, basic study of botany for the absolute beginner. From creating an initial line drawing to adding tone and then creating more complex compositions, Botanical Drawing is a detailed study of the practice for anyone wishing to explore the subject in great depth, led by an expert artist.


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Penny Brown trained and worked as a theatre designer for 10 years before an increasing love of painting and drawing led her to illustration. She works in watercolour, graphite and most recently, cut paper collage. She has illustrated many books on craft, textiles, design, natural history and gardening. She exhibits her botanical paintings and drawings with The Society of Botanical Artists in London, Frankfurt and Spain. She has won several awards including the prestigious President's Prize at The SBA exhibition in 2015. She is also a member of The South West Society of Botanical Artists and opens her studio regularly for Dorset Art Weeks. She looks forward to continuing her parallel careers in botanical art and illustration.

Introductionâ 6
Botanical art: a personal perspectiveâ 8
Materials and toolsâ 12
Drawing an elliptical flowerâ 28
Line and tone exercise
Drawing a mushroomâ 34
Line and tone exercise
Project 1: William Pearâ 38
Step by step
Project 2: Poppy seed headâ 42
Step by step
Understanding plant structureâ 48
Examining your subjectsâ 56
Gathering informationâ 60
Project 3: Peas and podsâ 70
Step by step
Compositionâ 74
Project 4: Apple blossomâ 80
Step by step
Project 5: Common grape hyacinthâ 86
Step by step
Project 6: Cape Gooseberryâ 92
Step by step
Project 7: Dutch Irisâ 96
Step by step
Project 8: Freesiaâ 102
Step by step
Project 9: Sweet vernal grassâ 108
Step by step
Project 10: Pot marigoldâ 122
Step by step
Indexâ 128

General Fields

  • : 9781782212607
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : 0.629586
  • : January 2018
  • : 280mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Penny Brown
  • : Paperback
  • : 2018
  • : English
  • : 743.7
  • : 144
  • : 260 Illustrations, black and white