Sunday 9 May 2010

Book review: Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils

Title:(In the UK) Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils (In the USA) Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils

An In-depth Book Review of this book was first published here on 9th May 2010.
The complete text has now been moved to my new website
- see Book Review: Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils on Botanical Art and Artists

Author: Ann Swan SBA, GM

Synopsis: This is the first comprehensive guide to using coloured pencils for botanical painting. Ann Swan, an RHS Gold medal winner and one of the top UK coloured pencil artists in this genre, provides a guide to how and why coloured pencils are especially suitable for the accuracy required for botanical illustration. Topics covered include: all aspects of working with coloured pencils, including techniques for underpainting, layering and burnishing and several step by step demonstrations of how to develop artwork and mix and build up colour. Also provided are tips on how to complete a work to exhibition/gallery standard. The book also includes a gallery of artwork by the author, her students and other botanical artists also working in coloured pencils

Summary review: This is the first ever book written by an RHS gold medal winning artist to deal in depth with the execution of botanical art in coloured pencils to exhibition standard. It's an invaluable guide to those wanting to develop their skills in using coloured pencils for botanical art. It's also an extremely useful resource for all coloured pencil artists wanting to achieve the very high standards of execution achieved by both Ann Swan and her students.

Note: This book was sent to me to review by the author/publisher


    renatabarillipainter said...

    Since I was studing for my SBA assignment in coloured pencils in 2005 ,I found out Ann Sawn artist and look her weeb syte.
    I was surprise as it was the only artist to put few teacing instruction in her cyto. This means she is always for the botanical artist improving.
    So I learnt something indirectly from her.
    I do appreciate her very much and thanks to you to let me know this new book I'm going to purchase.
    RenataBarilli DipSba

    dougm said...

    I love your review and agree with it. Overall, it is a great book.

    As to the title differences, I wonder if most Americans don't consider it painting with colored pencil. I know that they keep making the point in the botanical illustration classes I've been taking that colored pencil IS painting.

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