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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus (15 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782126252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782126256
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Jill Winch is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibits at their annual exhibition in London. She teaches botanical art at her garden studio in Hertfordshire as well as other locations in Ireland and Italy. Her approach is to encourage all levels of ability, from complete beginners through to exhibiting artists. In 2012 Jill won the Daler Rowney Choice Award for her painting of the Medinilla magnifica.


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By Eco Chica TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2014
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If like me, you are out of practice and need some technical pointers to help get your confidence back. I bought it especially to help me represent the shading within leaves, as I've always spent too long on those features and inadvertently 'over-egged the pudding'.

I also like the way its has been put together; it breaks down, the sometimes very difficult aspects of botanical sketching into doable units. The artist also has a novel way of shading her subjects, you find its not the usual cross-hatching method, which was a nice change for me.

The book would make a great gift for someone, because the artist genuinely imparts good information, instead of just showing off.

The only thing that is lacking in the book, I think, is a discussion about the difference between concave and convex representation of flower forms, its implied, especially in relation to 'turning forms', but not thrashed out, in the sense of trying to achieve a three-dimensional drawing. I think its for this reason that some of the artist's own drawings are a bit confusing? There are some stunning drawings in this volume, all the same.
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Lightweight paperback with great drawing examples {could do with little more}. Easy to read through with simple but invaluable advice, some good tips for beginners or re-turners to drawing of botanicals. I am a self-lerner and returner to old passion after....many many years when ...basically from jurassic times. After just a day - as order came in with super speed THANK YOU AMAZON- this little innocent book has put together some of my 'drib and drab' knowledge into an order and I could actually see myself progressing further with my drawings - Drawing Flowers Fabulous!
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This is a wonderful book - not just because it has excellent step-by-step tuition, but because the drawings are so vibrant, even in monochrome! The detail and tonal variation is superb, and despite the complexity of some of the examples (the bridal bouquet!), the subject is broken down into easily-understandable sections that don't overwhelm the novice. There's not an excess of wordy paragraphs to put you off, but just the right amount of description accompanying plenty of pictures.
If you want to start drawing botanical subjects then I highly recommend that you start by buying this book. Happy drawing!
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An excellent book, whether for beginners or those with some botanical experience. The lovely drawings inspire you to want to put into practice all that Jill is saying. There are so many tips and skills explained, it builds up gradually from basic flower and then leaf drawings to complex compositions. A really useful drawing tutorial for botanical artists.
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I would recommend this book as an excellent guide to drawing flowers. The all important aspects of light and tone are covered very thoroughly with pictorial examples and exercises to work through. Individual examples of flower heads are then described from the initial drawing through to a fully toned example. Pen and ink drawing, leaves, perspective, composition and dissection are also included and her finished examples are a delight to the eye. For anyone seriously interested in being able to draw flowers as an art form, this book is an excellent buy.
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An excellent book. Very clear illustrations and step by step examples to follow. Particularly like the tips the author gives which are so helpful in achieving a successful drawing. The author's experience and enthusiasm for her subject clearly shine through in this book.
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clear and helpful illustrations with good tips for an acceptable plant portrait. Perhaps another follow up book to show use of coloured pencils on the same theme would be a good idea.
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Great book - does exactly what it claims and will inspire me to do more and better drawings. Next best thing to one of Jill's courses.
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