One of the most intimidating moments for a beginning artist is sitting down to begin a new project, photograph or image in hand, and staring down at a blank page without any idea of where to begin. In Veronica Winters' latest book, Flowers, she provides artists with useful step-by-step instructions on drawing beautiful flowers using graphite and colored pencils. Winters does a great job demonstrating how to break down an image into smaller shapes and forms so one knows what to put down on the paper first. The book contains 21 demonstrations, starting with exercises that are fairly simple to those that require a higher level of skill.
Flowers is chock-full of close-up photographs of flowers, and colorful drawings by the artist. In the book, Winters provides several tips and techniques, including how to hold your pencil, how to see shapes, values, and colors, how to create compositions, as well as information on the application of color, layering, burnishing and blending. The book also contains chapters on color theory, and framing and marketing tips. Flowers is a must have for any beginning artist, even those wishing to draw other subjects, because what one learns from being able to accurately see and draw floral shapes and forms, creates a solid foundation that can be applied to any other art form.