Botany for the Artist : An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants

Botany for the Artist : An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants
Author: Sarah Simblet
Rating: 4.49
Bestsellers Rate: 23302
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: Твердый
Pages: 256
Hours of reading: 4.3 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 44,82 €

About the book

An intimate understanding of botany will help any artist create vibrant and realistic art. Sarah Simblet's masterclass provides you with an awareness and appreciation of plants and flowers and shows how to apply that knowledge to your art. Covering every type of plant, from the tiniest mosses and lichens to sumptuous flowers and trees, Sarah shows how to evoke their beauty on your canvas or page. Drawing on the rich history of botanic art and combined with Sarah's practical drawing classes, over 350 beautiful illustrations and vivid photographs, provide an in-depth look at roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits and explain how to create life-like drawings. For anyone wishing to master the art of drawing plants or for all those passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art.





Sarah Simblet Biography

Sarah Simblet (born 1972) is a graphic artist, writer and broadcaster, who teaches anatomical drawing at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and at the University of Oxford.

Early life and education

She earned a doctorate in drawing at Bristol University in 1998 on European art history and the social history of human dissection. She was awarded the Richard Ford Award travelling scholarship to Spain while an undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford between 1991 and 1994, and spent three months working in Madrid from November 1994 to January 1995.


Sarah started drawing at a very young age. Besides tutoring at Oxford, she is a guest lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, teaching morphological anatomy and physiology from an art perspective to medical students. She also works with youth offenders at Feltham Prison and children in care in Oxfordshire. She also works from a studio in Oxford. Besides taking part in group exhibitions, she has exhibited in one-artist shows such as "Sarah Simblet-Drawings" at the Pitville Gallery in Cheltenham (1999), "Theaters of the Body" at Chris Church Picture Gallery in Oxford (1998), and "Five New Drawings" at the Long Room, New College, Oxford (1993). She has written three books which were published by Dorling Kindersley - ‘Anatomy for the Artist’, ‘The Drawing Book’ and ‘Botany for the Artist’. Her drawings are to be found in national and private collections including the Royal Academy of Art in London, and the Ashmolean in Oxford. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television programmes on natural history and art.In collaboration with Gabriel Hemery she co-wrote "The New Sylva - a discourse of forest and orchard trees in the 21st century" published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2014 to mark the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn's work "Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber". The 200 illustrations for this book necessitated lengthy trips to the native haunts of the trees and drawing them in situ or returning with specimens to her studio in Wootton, West Oxfordshire.

Popular culture

The work of art by Leonardo Da Vinci titled La Bella Principessa was submitted to her for making a master copy in a PBS programme broadcast in 2012, in which Simblet appeared and was interviewed. The Leonardo work of art was studied on the PBS program NOVA in 2012 in a programme titled “Mystery of a Masterpiece,” from NOVA/National Geographic/PBS, broadcast on 25 January 2012.


Dorling Kindersley Publisher, ‘Anatomy for the Artist’. Dorling Kindersley Publisher, ‘The Drawing Book’. Dorling Kindersley Publisher, ‘Botany for the Artist’. Bloomsbury Publishers, Illustrated book, 'The New Syvla', 2016.

See also

Anatomical fugitive sheet


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Authors: Sarah Simblet
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Imprint: DK
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9781405332279
ISBN10: 1405332271
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Edition: None
Edition Statement: UK ed.
Illustrations: Illustrations, color
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: Твердый
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 256
Book Weight: 1567
Book Dimensions: 246x290x20
Circulation: None
Publication date: Oct. 10, 2014
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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