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An excellent starter book for beginner artists * Realistic results can be achieved easily * Step-by-step sequences show each stage building up to finished images
Denis John-Naylor studied Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Wildlife Painting at Swansea Institute. He is a self-employed consultant and a part-time teacher of watercolour, pencil, acrylic and oil painting in adult education. His hobbies include plein air painting, reading biographies and listening to music. Janet Whittle is a professional artist and qualified teacher who specialises in flowers and landscapes in watercolour and pastel. She exhibits regularly at the Westminster Galleries in London, and has also shown her work at the prestigious Mall Galleries and other international venues. Greeting cards bearing her work are widely available in Europe and the US and her prints are sold throughout the world. Janet Whittle has received awards from the major UK art groups, including the Society of Botanical Artists' Founder President's Honour in 1999, and the St. Cuthberts Mill Award for a picture of outstanding quality in 2001. Also in that year she won The Society of Flower Painters' Award for Excellence for their Jersey Exhibition. Penny Brown trained and worked as a theatre designer for 10 years before an increasing love of drawing and painting led her to illustration. She works in watercolour and pen and ink and has illustrated many books on craft, textile and design and also natural history and gardening. In 2011 she achieved a Diploma with Distinction in Botanical Painting from the Society of Botanical Artists. She exhibits her paintings locally in Dorset with the South West Society of Botanical Artists, and in London with the SBA. She is also a member of The Society of Floral Painters. She looks forward to continuing her parallel careers in botanical painting and book illustration.
June 13 This is a compendium of five other books in this series, namely those on flowers, garden flowers, exotic flowers, wild flowers and trees. If you already have these titles this is not a new book, but if you don't. this is an excellent way of getting them all at once. This series of books shows you how, in about eight stages, to draw something. Starting with the simplest shapes, with each new stage more is added to the drawing in a different color, so you can see where you have been and what you need to do next. The final two pictures show the image shaded in with pencil and then painted in color. The first six steps are ideal for total beginners at drawing, but it is not always easy to work out how to get from a line drawing to something that has the look of the work of a good artist. The same goes for the painted image: - you need to know how to paint. They are, however, excellent for the artist who already knows about the basics of drawing but is used to tackling other subjects. The information in here is all they would need to start on a new range of pictures. Unlike many other Search Press series, there are few words in here, just the introductions to each section and an index of images so you know what you are drawing. Perhaps the best one for a genuine beginner is the book on trees, as the final line drawing shows where the shading goes, and all the more difficult areas have been done by this stage. * Myshelf.com * Jan 13 Over 130 step by step drawings should help you improve your drawing skills. This book breaks flowers down into simple steps to help you create the shape. Each flower is shown in eight simple steps. There is no text in this book, just line drawings and colour illustrations. This book has been compiled from five previously published books, so check that you do not already have the material by these authors. It is useful to beginners only. * Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *