Sue Vize SBA

Botanical Drawing using Graphite and Coloured Pencils


Sue Vize


Published by Crowood Press


Released June 2016



My book is finished!  It has taken fourteen months to write and illustrate and a further ten months for the publisher and printers to do their side of things but it is now complete.  The book contains ten chapters, each dedicated to a particular aspect of the plant beginning with roots and bulbs, working up through stems, leaves, flowers, fruit etc.  A chapter on fungi has also been included due to their close association with plants and also because I love to draw them.  I have written a brief section on botany for each subject and there are two step-by-step projects, one in graphite and one in coloured pencil for each chapter, as well as exercises and practical advice throughout the book. 


If you would like to purchase a signed copy please download and complete the order form and return it to me either by post or by email stating your preference for signing and payment options.


I have had some amazing emails since the book was released and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for taking the time to write to me.  Some of the comments that I received are here for you to share:


Inspirational! C


Definitely the best of its kind on the market.  S


I must say yours is the first book I have bought that has so much detailed information, I can't wait to read more and get drawing.  J


I have just bought your book and I LOVE IT.  You have been sooo generous with your knowledge.  It is by far the best Botanical book I have ever seen.  B


Just wanted to thank you for the most enjoyable few weekday mornings I can remember having in a long time..... Sitting on the deck with my breakfast and your gorgeous book for company has been absolute bliss!  It's a triumph!  M


I really appreciate the excellent instructions for graphite drawing, which is something I have not come across before.  The details on which grade of pencil to use when was particularly helpful and your description of how coloured pencils are made fascinating.  E


What I am enjoying is the mass of information you've feels like you are talking to me.  S


It does exactly what you said it would do - with all the information and techniques.  It's a wonderful confidence builder.  Definitely won't be collecting dust on the bookshelf!  J


Very well produced.  M


I'm loving your book.  C


I loved the bit about not being able to loosen up in art work - have felt almost guilty for years about this.  Thanks for taking my guilt away!  B


What an achievement!  I love the tone, it is so informative but friendly, and reassuring at the same time, so very you!  V


I had high hopes and I am not disappointed.  Especially enjoying the build-up of coloured pencil drawings.  In particular the bunch of grapes illustrates the technique very well.  Through your book I have been encouraged to try again.  D


Your book is really beautiful.  J


I just love the conversational tone of your writing - superb.  D


Just wanted to say how wonderful your book is..... Well worth the wait!  L


What a lot to practice!  Looks marvellous.  B


It is a feast for the eyes.... Logically set out for the beginner or experienced artist.  In my opinion a must for the ‘would be’ botanical artists book case.  D


It has inspired me to fetch my pencils out.  G


It arrived today so I only looked at your drawings.  They are exquisite, and so many!  Especially all the step-by-step drawings are stunning.  I love the step-by-step one of the peony leaf on page 41.  And the poppy on page 44! Or page 32! And ........!  I stop writing now and go back to the book. Or rather: it makes me want to start drawing immediately.  E


It is so beautiful and instructive!  Lovely drawings and lots of tips.  B


This is what I have been waiting for, it is great.  I am a beginner and have purchased many books, but this is the one that will be my guide.  D


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