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With over 300 illustrations, ‘Botanical Drawing using Graphite and Coloured Pencils’ teaches the reader to accurately portray the wonderful world of plants in all its glory. 


Beautifully illustrated throughout by award-winning botanical artist Sue Vize, the book has been written for both the beginner and those with some experience who wish to improve their existing skills.  Packed with invaluable information, exercises and many step by step projects, the book will teach, inspire and encourage anyone who shares a love of plants and has a desire to work in detail.


Using her many years experience teaching botanical drawing to adults, Sue explains in a clear and concise way the drawing techniques required to create stunning illustrations using graphite pencils and coloured pencils as a medium, giving tips and helpful advice throughout. 


Each chapter concentrates on a different aspect of the plant, working upwards from the root system to include the stem, leaves, flowers and fruit.  Although not classified as part of the plant kingdom, fungi have also been included due to their close association with plants.  The study of plants in preparation for drawing enables the artist to see a world not many others do, so to give a clearer vision a basic explanation of botany has been included at the beginning of each chapter. 


Working through the book will enable the aspiring artist to build up drawing skills slowly and methodically, increasing their knowledge with each exercise and step by step project.


  • Graphite pencil techniques
  • Colour pencil techniques
  • Keeping plant material fresh
  • Lighting
  • Posture
  • Composition
  • Use of colour charts
  • Colour mixing
  • Creating the impression of texture and hairs
  • Achieving bloom on fruit
  • Exercises
  • Step by step projects
  • Basic botany

Botanical Drawing using Graphite and Coloured Pencil by Sue Vize

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