Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals by Valerie Baines

Secrets of Observational Drawing

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591396
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Learn to draw beautiful flowers from the old masters with some help from Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals. Improve your skills by learning techniques on one page, and practicing on the next page.

Imagine learning to draw roses with Redoute, or tulips with Pieter Brugel. Imagine learning the secrets that made their flower paintings stand out in their eras and still stand out today. Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is an art book that shows you how to create flowers that will stand the test of time by taking a close look at the details of great floral paintings, and then coaching you through the techniques.

Each spread in this unique book is made up of two hard working components: The left-hand page features a close-up illustration from a noted 19th century and earlier artist, and the right-hand page, made from quality, uncoated stock, is for drawing. There are also coaching tips, observations, and a demonstrative sketch on each page.

As you progress through the book, you'll get to try a variety of artists' styles, and see how to apply them to your own personal style. Don't wait to get started! By learning from the masters, you'll become a master yourself.

Valerie Baines is a founding member and past vice president of Britain's Society of Botanical Artists. She has illustrated more than ten books concerned with natural history, including Guernsey Sketchbook, The Naturalist's Garden, The Story of Silk, and Mindful of Butterflies. She has written articles for The Artist magazine on drawing and painting in watercolor and tutors courses on painting at Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Sussex, and at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Dorking, Surrey, where there is a butterfly garden. Valerie Baines resides in East Sussex, in England. Visit her at

Format: Paperback / softback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591396
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
Tools, Materials, and Tips                 
Sketchbook Opener                           
Pussy Willow                                     
Spring Flowers                                               
Lily of the Valley                               
Still Life with Flowers and Strawberries                                                                   
Striped Tulip                                      
Three Tulips                                       
Still Life with Tulip, Melon, and Flowers     
Three “Broken” Tulips                                                                                   
Apple Blossom                                               
Bearded Iris                                       
Summer Flower Studies                                
Poppy: Pavot                                      
Belladonna Lily                                                         
Rosa Gallica                                       
Branch of Roses                                             
Still Life with Roses                          
Pink Rose with Buds
Bengal Rose                                       
Eglantera Rose                                               
Old-Fashioned Roses                         
Yellow Rose                                                                          
Peony and Double Poppy                                          
Cape Blue Water Lily                                    
Water Lily                                          
Morning Glory                                               
Yellow Chrysanthemums                               
Autumn Leaves                                              
Oak Leaves and Acorns                                 
Stone Pinecone
Eastern Pinecone                                                                                
European Holly                                                          
About the Artist         
"should appeal to the more experienced artist who wants to do their own thinking without being led by the hand at every stage"