Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists
How to Create Beautifully Detailed Plant and Flower Illustrations
by Karen Kluglein
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 16 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 4 May 2020
Quarto Publishing Group – Rockport Publishing, Rockport Publishers
The book begins with a brief history of the art form, followed by guidance on developing observational skills for this genre, key botanical terms and concepts, and the differences among botanical illustration, botanical art, and flower painting. The chapters that follow offer detailed guidance and demonstrations for drawing and painting botanicals in a variety of mediums: Drawing. Explore loose gestural drawing, precise measuring and rendering, and working from photographs with graphite, colored pencil, finepoint markers, pen and ink, and silverpoint.Painting. Master color mixing, washes, layering, gradations, values, and adding details in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, plus guidance on adding “personality” to your work and knowing when a painting is done.Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists shows artists at all skill levels how to translate careful observations into stunning works of art.
The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art.
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A lovely and instructional resource for those interested in botanical artwork: covering some interesting history on the subject before detailing practical advice and tips about different materials and developing observational skills.
Beautiful instructional manual for those interested in learning a variety of art techniques for creating botanicals. Gorgeous recreations with step-by-step instructions make this an easy follow for readers of all skill levels.
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Originally developed in the 18th century as a visual supplement to botanical nomenclature, botanical illustration and art uniquely fuse art and science by documenting the parts, details, and life cycles of plant species. In Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists, eminent botanical artist and veteran workshop instructor Karen Kluglein reveals her secrets for rendering leaves, flowers, berries, and branches both accurately and beautifully. The book begins with a brief history of the art form, followed by guidance on developing observational skills for this genre, key botanical terms and concepts, and the differences among botanical illustration, botanical art, and flower painting. The chapters that follow offer detailed guidance and demonstrations for drawing and painting botanicals in a variety of mediums: ----Drawing. Explore loose gestural drawing, precise measuring and rendering, and working from photographs with graphite, coloured pencil, fine-point markers, pen and ink, and silverpoint. ----Painting. Master colour mixing, washes, layering, gradations, values, and adding details in watercolour, gouache, and acrylic, plus guidance on adding “personality” to your work and knowing when a painting is done. ----Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists shows artists at all skill levels how to translate careful observations into stunning works of art. The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art. This is a beautiful book that will help you draw some pretty amazing flowers and as it comes to art and projects, paper and pencils (and craft acrylic paint) are pretty cheap. And with pandemic on your hands, it will help you pass a lot of time - the instructions are well written and the advice makes sense: add in some beautiful project ideas, and you can have hours of fun as a result of this book. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🌼🌼🌼🌼
The pages in this book are very neatly organized which I enjoyed. I would have liked some more in between pictures. I did a few of the projects, while adding personalized bits and bobs, and found that I learned quite a bit. I hadn’t worked with watercolors in a while and this book was a welcoming refresher of a lot of small details I had forgotten. I wish it was longer, had more examples, and gave more step by step instructions because that would make it more valuable to a wider audience.
This is a phenomenally beautiful art instruction book that goes through very detailed instructions on how to draw and paint fruits, flowers, leaves and other botanicals. The author (who is a very celebrated professional artist) goes into materials, color basics and so on. She also provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that after reading it I really have zero faith at all that I could ever replicate this in any way. It's all the sort of "and then then a miracle occurred" kind of painting and drawing (generally by step 2!) that you see when you watch someone who is phenomenally talented work. I am so in awe of her abilities, but this is not the kind of book that somehow passed them on to me. Shrug. That's okay, I still enjoyed it just to view her work. Art students will perhaps have much better results. It's definitely a four star book for me, which is "really liked it." I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
Good illustrations and step by step instructions on how to draw leaves, flowers and fruit. I like how it tells you what to use for each drawing. Easy flick through book as well, so you can pick what you would like to draw. Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
Finely elaborated not only in text but in its imagery. Detailed enough for beginners, but sophisticated enough to entice intermediates. The supplies list for each sketch and painting are extremely helpful, especially for the novice artist. Whether the purpose of getting Drawing and Painting Botanicals is as a guide or as a decorative tome the exquisite detail found within is sure to delight all artists and art lovers.
A book full of stunning pictures and projects for any artist wishing to master drawing and painting botanicals. A variety of media are used and the different textures and colours are explored. The book is a feast for the eyes and would suit all levels to some extent from beginner to advanced. There is enough variety and examples given for an artist to be able to use the skills mastered to explore and attempt a wider selection of botanicals with confidence. A lovely book overall.
AUTHOR Karen Kluglein is the author of Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists. Select link above to read more about her. WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE? Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists is unashamedly directed to the botanical artist community and those who aspire to the profession. SYNOPSIS Context is everything and before beginning the review of Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists I thought that you may like to know a little of the historic beginnings and importance of botanical art. Before the advent of mechanical means for capturing botanical subjects artists and illustrators were the sole source for capturing plant forms for posterity. The practice of Botanical Illustration can be traced back through history to approximately 70 AD. The Greek botanist Pedanius Dioscorides produced the first officially recognized book of plant species for medical purposes. It wasn't until the 1800's and the explosion of exploration that the botanical illustrator became a respected profession in the eyes of the public. Previously, it was the preserve of physicians, pharmacists, botanical scientists, and gardeners for identification, analysis, and classification plant species who were respected. However, it was during the these halcyon days of worldwide discovery that artists and illustrators began to make significant contributions to the scientific publications of the day. Together with improvements in the printing of illustrations, the art of botanical illustration was set to change the world. Botanical Artists became famous with such illuminated names as: PIERRE-JOSEPH REDOUTÉ (1766 – 1854) MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN (1647 – 1717) FRANZ AND FERDINAND BAUER (1750 and 1850) MARIANNE NORTH (1830 – 1890) ANNE PRATT (1806 – 1893) ERNST HAECKEL (1834-1919) Today photographs have replaced most illustrations in scientific journals. Botanical artists are still highly sought after and often editors of publications will engage a botanical artist to create a greater sense of importance in place of a mere photograph. You may be one of many aspiring artists who find botanical illustration to be worthy of further study and you would do well to begin your art journey with, Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists. Drawing and Painting Botanicals for artists, was produced by Karen Kluglein. She is a freelance painter and illustrator of significant talent and skill. Kluglein has produced a concise yet inspirational work that is an essential prerequisite for anyone wishing to quickly enjoy the process of painting or drawing botanical subjects. The pages are full of both color and monochrome images, illustrations and photographs of Kluglein's own handiwork. The chapters are well structured with a Key Terms section early-on to assist newcomers in getting to grips with the jargon. There are silverpoint illustrations that immediately caught my eye, as I very much enjoy that medium for certain subjects. Beginning with the mediums and supplies, the author quickly moves on to share the essential drawing techniques that can elevate your work considerably. You will learn the importance of values, tones and highlights in creating beautiful botanical illustrations. Kluglein, throughout the book heralds the primacy of proficiency in the fundamentals of drawing. Invaluable information sits comfortably next to spectacular color illustrations for an esthetically pleasing viewing experience. As the book progresses, there are step by step methods for producing your own homegrown botanical art. On page 53 you will find the suggested method to draw in the much maligned color pencil a Blackberry in six easy stages. A range of media are explored from gouache to acrylic paint and color pencils to watercolors. Each one with a brief nugget of advice to help keep you on track. Brushes, painting surfaces and painting such as washes, layering, lifting, graduations, and dry brush techniques are covered. There are suggested exercises for you to try out complete with examples of how it should look when you are complete. She goes on to mention color mapping, natural hair brush types and sizes, painting surfaces, paper weights, surface texture as well as vellum. She explains how to attack overlaps, how to change a petal shape, fix spots, mottling, how to add texture-final details and how to finish. CONCLUSION Karen Kluglein has put together an excellent reference book for aspiring botanical artists. She provides tips-and-tricks for all types of media, art surfaces, supplies, errors, and techniques. She has created a wonderful book that will add to any home or office.
This beautiful book inspires creativity.... I am a beginning artist, am just learning to paint properly. I have always been inspired by botanical prints and paintings. This instruction book , while somewhat advanced for my abilities, is filled with amazing possibilities. I very much would love to learn from the instructions here. For those who are already comfortable in their painting and drawing skills... this book would be an wonderful addition to their collections. For me... I would love to own it as it inspires me to want to nurture my abilities. I am grateful for the opportunity to view this lovely book in advance of publication. This review is my own and is no way required by the publisher.
Artist Kluglein shows you a new way of seeing with her techniques of hyperfocus on a leaf. Excellent drawings. I even did the first flower and leaf drawing. She broke down the process into step by step from sketching to filling it with values and colors. Barks and stems, drawing those will be meditation.
This book was very informative on different tools to use to draw and color botanical plants and flowers. I especially loved using the author's method of drawing and adding color to a leaf. I would recommend this book to any level artist. Instructions were very well written and illustrated.
Wow, what a beautiful and useful art instruction book! It is a joy for the eye and the heart to see the gorgeous illustrations, the elegant layout. Two main sections: drawing and painting. The tutorials are useful and inspiring, tools and techniques are simply presented, there is a glossary too. Interesting the clock method. As it does not contain some basic know-how I would not recommend it for beginners, only for intermediate painters.
Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists How to Create Beautifully Detailed Plant and Flower Illustrations by Karen Kluglein is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This has a brief history of the art, descriptions of what equipment would be needed, examples of techniques, use of different media, and plenty of step-by-step instructions. The illustrations were beautiful! The instructions were easy to follow and detailed. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
So in love with this book! It has a wonderful combination of fairly beginner concepts but is geared toward artists wanting to improve their skills in drawing and painting botanicals. My own personal interest wasn't toward reaching the level of detail and skill that botanical artists hone but rather a curiosity at techniques and best practices. This book delivered. The tutorials are approachable and fairly standard to other art books I've read and the art was stunning. If it had just been these standards I would have been happy enough but I appreciated the artist's tips on creating proper proportions and taking subject pictures. It added an extra layer that I sometimes find missing in art tutorial books--the methods that the artist uses in their own work rather than the standard color mixing and other advice that is useful but fairly standard.
Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book. This book is not for beginners. It builds on experience and techniques the artist already has. Drawing with pencils, micron pens, and colored pencils is covered as well as painting with watercolors, gouache, and acrylics. The illustrations are clear and attractive. The explanations of the process are easy to understand. I enjoyed learning more about botanical art.
An illustrated guide that shows you how to draw and then paint botanicals. This is not really for beginners. All of the projects are pretty advanced, but it does give you step by step instructions to give them a try.
What is the best graphite pencil to use when sketching a flower? Is it better to use a photograph or a live specimen? What are the best techniques to adjust the edges of a leaf to make it appear realistic? Between hot press and cold press papers, which is the best painting surface for acrylic or watercolor painting? All of these questions (and more) are answered within this book. As an absolute beginner to drawing and watercolor techniques, I can certainly appreciate the helpful hints and the step-by-step directions on how to complete various projects. I recommend this book to beginners and intermediate artists alike. If you're looking for a creative outlet during this time, then look no further than this book. Thank you to Karen Kluglein, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley for this advanced reader copy in exchange for my hones review.
Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists How to Create Beautifully Detailed Plant and Flower Illustrations by Karen Kluglein There are many books available that don’t give a great definition or instruction to help understand how to accomplish what was promised. That was not the case for this book. I love the key terms listed at the beginning. I felt everything was well defined from supplies to techniques used. This is a great asset when learning. I was also impressed with how thorough everything was explained. This book is a fabulous resource. I look forward to practicing! I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This is a beautiful book with lots of exercises and clear instructions which will inspire readers to practise their botanical art. It has sections on drawing and painting and lists all the materials you need for each project. I loved this book and I will definitely be buying it, although I feel that I need to use simpler art books first, unfortunately! I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists How to Create Beautifully Detailed Plant and Flower Illustrations by Karen Kluglein Gorgeous breathtaking images I would love to emulate. This book inspires and educates all in one. What I liked: * The simplicity of the layout for the book with one section for drawing and one for painting * The way the sections were similar in presenting mediums and supplies, essential techniques and then subjects. * The glossary of key terms – learned a few new ones * Information about silverpoint – something new to me * The gorgeous illustrations * The precision with which information was shared * The color charts for both pencil and painting * The tips and inside information * The step by step progression for subjects – it would be easy to follow and perhaps create using the steps shared * The feeling that I wanted to go downstairs, grab pencils and start drawing after a trip to the garden What I didn’t like: * knowing that no matter how many times I try I probably will never create a botanical as precise and pretty as the ones in this book. Did I like this book? Yes Would I like to have it in my library? Definitely! Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Rockpoint Publishers for the ARC ~ This is my honest review. 5 Stars
This book has excellent drawings and tutorials covering a wide variety of botanical's for those interested in learning artistic techniques for creating realistic drawings and paintings. The artwork is beautiful and does it's best to make this easy follow for artists. Not as in-depth as others I have seen but still an excellent reference book. I received this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Rockport Publishing for an honest review. #DrawingandPaintingBotanicalsforArtists #NetGalley
I have always struggled with drawing plant life and this is just the book that I needed. The author provided clear instruction and guidance that would be helpful to botanical art beginners and more experienced artists alike. This is a beautiful book filled with gorgeous artwork and exercises to practice on. I would not recommend it to the brand new artist but there is plenty here to learn for everyone. I am now inspired to try painting for the first time due to the beauty and instruction in this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced ereader copy in exchange for my honest review.
Beautifully illustrated guide to refining the art (and science) of botanical drawing and painting. This book is specifically aimed for artists and covers a great deal of ground in terms of techniques and mediums. I highly recommend this lovely book for both beginner artists and accomplished artists interested in the subject.
I was so inspired by the gorgeous images in this book, I could look through it all day long. The lessons are practical and easy to follow with clear instructions. I found so much useful information in this book and look forward to purchasing my own copy.