128 pages, Col illus
This beautifully illustrated book is the first practical step-by-step guide to using coloured pencils in botanical painting and is written by Ann Swan, one of the top exponents of the genre. Water-soluble and oil-based coloured pencils are becoming increasingly popular for botanical painting as they are easier to use than traditional watercolour and are more forgiving, yet they produce the same stunning effects. They are especially suitable for the accuracy needed to paint in the botanical style of illustration.
In this book Ann Swan gives helpful advice on all aspects of working with coloured pencils, including the techniques you will have to master - underpainting, layering and burnishing. She also demontrates how to mix and build up colour, and how to add those finishing touches that will complete your painting successfully. Several full step-by-step demonstrations are included to show how these techniques are put into practice. The book concludes with a gallery of coloured pencil works by the author, students of botanical painting and other professional botanical painters, providing a wonderful source of reference and inspiration.
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Ann Swan works primarily in coloured pencils and is well known for her work in this medium. She is a member of the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists and has been awarded several Silver Gilt and Gold Medals by the RHS for her work. She exhibits her work worldwide, including The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows in London. She teaches regularly at her studio in Wiltshire and runs popular painting holidays and courses, in both the UK and the US.