I'm learning more about using colored pencils with the Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals: Secrets of Observational Drawing by Valerie Baines. This 112 page paperback was released Jan. 1, 2017 from Rockport Publishers. It's a beautiful 8.5" x 10" workbook about botanical illustration with colored pencils. Colored pencil art is becoming very popular. The author, a noted British botanical artist, guides you through 48 practical exercises, helping you to observe, select colors and draw. You add the colored pencils. The author lists 20 colors she finds most useful for botanical work. An exquisite collection of works by classic botanical artists serves as both inspiration and study. Valerie emphasizes analyzing these to gain a better understanding of values, composition, color etc. The floras are listed seasonally. For each plant: read the lesson notes, study the masterworks and draw. A demo sketch gets you started. Would you like to improve your colored pencil artwork? Get your copy below!
Tools and Materials
Lily of the Valley
Still Life with Flowers and Strawberries
Still Life with Tulip, Melon and Flowers
Three "Broken" Tulips
Summer Flower Studies
Branch of Roses
Still Life with Roses
Pink Rose with Buds
Peony and Double Poppy
Cape Blue Water Lily
Oak Leaves and Acorns
About the Artist
Page 4 & 5. Tulips, Cornflower and Anemone. Nicolas Robert (1614-1685) French.
Page 8 & 9. Tools, material and tips.
Page 38 & 39. Scarlet Strawberry. William Hooker (1779-1832) British.
Page 78 & 79. Dandelion. William Kilburn (1745-1818) Irish.
Page 24, violets by classic artist for study. Page 25, lesson notes, palette and demo sketch. My 5 color palette is set out and I've begun working on the demo sketch.
Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is available worldwide at Rockport Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Rockport Publishing. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 6, 2017. Prize includes cost of shipping. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!