Botany for the Artist

Hardback cover of Botany for the Artist

Published by DK

By Sarah Simblet

RRP: $40.00

"[A] sumptuous, stunning book..."

Library Journal

"...includes detailed looks at stems, petals and stigma of flowers, as well as ferns, trees and even fruits and vegetables, with plenty of user-friendly techniques on how even non-artists can begin to draw them.Distributed over the wire via Tribune Media Services.Picked up by:Baltimore Sun, 2/11/11 (circ.: 247,000)"

Chicago Tribune

"Botany for the Artist is a wonderful blend of general botany, botanical art history, and Art 101.Book with purchase "Ask the Artist" Q&A on May 24th."


"...a gorgeous book that really helps you to understand -- and see -- the structure of plants."

Hartford Courant

"This book is gorgeous...Even if you never plan to even try to draw a flower or a leaf or a tree this book is worth a look."

South Bend Tribune

"...the perfect reference work for anyone wanting a complete guide to drawing plants, as well as a great source of inspiration."

"Excerpt + author feature."[Sarah] Simblet is not only a skilled artist but also an excellent educator...Whether you are looking to draw botanical studies or to incorporate this knowledge into more complex outdoor scenes, there is always more to lear about nature. Botany for the Artist is a great place to start or continue your pursuit.""

Drawing Magazine - American Artist

"...a superbly organized and presented 256-page, fully illustrated compendium of step-by-step illustrations and instructions that will enable even the most novice of art students to produce accurate drawings of plants..."

Midwest Book Review

"Another behemoth, 'Opus Vino' (DK, $75), examines no fewer than 4,500 grapes and almost as many producers the world over. I'll get back to you with more when I've finished it - in about 2014."

Minneapolis Star Tribune

About Botany for the Artist

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.

The book starts with the history of plant drawing and painting. The author follows the trail of the early plant explorers and shows how the exotic specimens they brought home with them were depicted in botanical illustrations, anthologies, and decorative designs.

The main part of the book examines the structure of plants, with visually stunning chapters on roots and stems, shoots and leaves, buds and flowers, and seeds and fruit, mosses and lichens, and trees. As in Anatomy for the Artist, beautiful, specially commissioned photographs complement Sarah's drawings, illustrating how an understanding of botany really helps you to draw plants. Drawing classes provide a wealth of practical advice on how to draw, and pages from Sarah's sketchbooks show how she records her favorite plants throughout the seasons. Inspirational master classes in each chapter focus on how other artists, from 17th century masters to contemporary botanical illustrators, have portrayed plants.

This lavishly illustrated book will not only be the definitive guide for those wishing to master the art of drawing plants, but a sumptuous gift book for all those passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art.