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About Ann Swan
Ann is one of the UK’s leading botanical artists working primarily in coloured pencil and graphite. Her original pencil drawings take many hours of intense observation and are imbued with a strong sense of design. Taking her inspiration from our rich and diverse plant life her work is constantly evolving as she tests out new materials and ideas and experiments with different techniques. Her styles encompass both life size detailed drawings and larger scale pieces. With her latest work, a series of ‘Larger than Life’ plant portraits, she makes us look with fresh eyes at the familiar.
Ann has been awarded 4 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gold Medals and she has several pieces is in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and the RHS Lindley Library in the UK. In 2016 she was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the UK Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS) Annual Exhibition. She is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher and runs regular workshops from her studio in Wiltshire, UK and around the world. Her book ‘Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils’ is still a best seller in its field.
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This beautifully illustrated ebook is the first practical step-by-step guide to using coloured pencils in botanical painting and is written by Ann Swan, one of the top exponents of the genre.
Water-soluble and oil-based coloured pencils are becoming increasingly popular for botanical painting as they are easier to use than traditional watercolour and are more forgiving, yet they produce the same stunning effects. They are especially suitable for the accuracy needed to paint in the botanical style of illustration.
In this book Ann Swan gives helpful advice on all aspects of working with coloured pencils, including the techniques you will have to master – underpainting, layering and burnishing. She also demontrates how to mix and build up colour, and how to add those finishing touches that will complete your painting successfully.
Several full step-by-step demonstrations are included to show how these techniques are put into practice. The book concludes with a gallery of coloured pencil works by the author, students of botanical painting and other professional botanical painters, providing a wonderful source of reference and inspiration.