Book Review: The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

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Book Review: The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

With 40 year's experience of botanical illustration working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and providing illustrations for Curtis's Botanical magazine. Christabel King is ideally placed to share with us her attention to detail when it comes to painting plants.

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

Not only is she able to portray them with enviable accuracy but she also gives them what she describes as their 'poetic element'; something often lacking in scientific botanical illustrations. Here she shows us how to do it, from the materials we need, to choosing a subject where to work, drawing from life to using a microscope and working from pressed flowers. The book is packed full of practical advice to help you achieve lifelike botanical paintings and drawings.

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