Paper, 144 pp., $24.99
Nationally recognized for her botanical art and illustration, artist Wendy Hollender guides the reader in developing skills in botanical illustration. She reviews the fundamentals of the subject, beginning with appropriate art supplies, and then addresses value and form, prior to adding the topic of color, and establishing perspective. She encourages the artist to study the form and function of plants in order to master drawing techniques. Accompanying each lesson plan is a series of drawings that demonstrate her clear instructions. This book not only helps the reader to gain aptitude but also helps to gain a better understanding of realistic art.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden