Botany for the artist : featuring plants from the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Oxford University Herbaria

Sarah Simblet

Book - 2010

"Botany for the artist is a visually stunning guide, not just for anyone wishing to master the art of drawing, but for all those who are passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art" --Cover, p. 2.

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New York : DK Publishing 2010.
1st American ed
Item Description
"An inspirational guide to drawing plants"--Cover.
Physical Description
256 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Sarah Simblet (-)
Other Authors
Sam Scott-Hunter (-), Stephen Harris, 1966-
  • The art of botany
  • Drawing plants
  • Diversity
  • Roots
  • Stems
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Fruit, cones, and seeds.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This is a sumptuous, stunning book by a widely exhibited artist and teacher at both the Royal College of Art in London and Oxford University. Simblet's drawings are paired with luminous plant portraits by photographer Sam Scott-Hunter. Simblet begins with essays on the history of botanical illustration and the various styles of the art and proceeds to detailed chapters on roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit. Ann Swan's Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils (reviewed below) is a fine but narrower work for experienced botanical artists who want to focus only on colored pencil. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides step-by-step instructions for drawing realistic plants, trees, and flowers.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Following the success of Anatomy for the Artist and Sketch Book for the Artist, this latest title from the acclaimed artist Sarah Simblet investigates the extraordinary structure and variety of every type of plant-from mosses and lichens to flowers and trees-and teaches the reader how to draw them.