Book Review Botanical Line Drawing.
Today I received a long waited for book. I have seen it flying around the internet so much but it was not available to be purchased on this side of the ocean until a month later. It felt like a real good, long anticipated movie which had been released in the USA but still needed half a year before it hit cinemas in Europe. Luckily for me, it didn’t take half a year before this book arrived in our bookstores! And now I have the book in my hand. It is a lot thicker than I had thought. The cover of it is smooth and soft. A bit like the leaves that we are going to learn to draw. I thought I would share my enthusiasm with you, dear reader, by writing a book review of Botanical Line Drawing. This book really deserves all the attention it is receiving.
Peggy Dean is the author of this book. She lives in Oregon, USA and is a freelance artist. She has two self published books which both has become a world hit! Her first book being an instructional hand lettering book. She is also an instructor and can be found on Skillshare. I came across her while searching through Instagram where she almost daily gives us a sneak peak into her happy daily life. Here she uses her company name the Pigeon Letters. To read her wonderful inspirational blog about hand lettering and illustrative design, take a look HERE.
After reading a few bits and pieces of her blog, she gained a fan, ME! I love her work and her always upbeat way of telling her story. She has some GREAT worksheets to practice with. What an well of inspiration! When following a couple of free months of Skillshare, I came across Peggy’s Botanical Line Drawing lesson. I started following it and soon my hunger to learn more grew by each day. Other people in one of my Facebook groups started receiving this book one after the other and their joyfulness when describing this little gem, didn’t make it much better. (Jealous much?) So you can guess my happiness when I saw Peggy’s book finally landing its little book corners on this side of the ocean. YAY!
So what is line drawing exactly? Line drawing is a drawing or a sketch made out of lines drawn by a pencil or a pen. These lines are called hatching, scumbling and stippling. If you pay attention to your environment, you will see that everything, directly and indirectly are made out of lines. By using different pen strokes or bigger nibs (when drawing with a nib holder), you can create a whole new texture. Also by drawing the lines, scumbling or stipples closer or further away you can create a nice texture and shadows. It can also create a really cool 3D effect! If you want to learn more about this particular art form, take a look at Franks slideshare account. This is a particular art form which takes a whole lot of practice to nail down.
Botanical Line Drawing
The book is very lightweight and a bit floppy making it ideal to work with and so easy to bring with you wherever you go! The book consists of 4 chapters; leaves, flowers, cacti & succulents and more nature.
The amount of work that Peggy has put into this book is mind-blowing. It has 200 step-by-step instructions of how to draw anything from tiny leaves to big complex flower drawings. Most of the flowers, I do not even know the name of. She explains all the steps by using her own illustrations. With thin grey lines she shows what you need to copy onto your own drawing and the black lines are the lines you have made previously. This is something that will really spiffy up your hand lettering work! Each tutorial has a space for you to draw the plant yourself.
Although I have not used these squares because I am afraid of ruining the book, I have used a small corner to see what the bleeding would be like.
For this experiment I have used the two kind of pens I use the most, the Pigma Micron and the Faber Castell artist pen. Both of the pens have a tiny bit of bleeding so I would recommend using a sketchbook or something with paper to practice on. This due to the bleeding onto the next page where you would need to draw the next drawing on. Or you could always use a pencil to practice with!
Peggy makes it look so easy! I think to get the strokes right, I will need to practice a whole bunch! But hey, if stuff come so easily in life, where would the sport of it be?
So where would you use these little doodles and drawings? If you do not mind me brainstorming away here, I can easily think of at least ten things you can DIY with this skill! Think about;
- Awesomely cute pillow cases for your couch! Think flower wreaths or leaves wreathes with maybe a loving word written in the middle?
- Hand lettered pieces with flowers sprouting out of the words. Maybe even give them a beautiful color?
- Your BulletJournal would look fantastic with some botanical line drawing!
- How about spiffy up that old weary looking coffee mug?
- Or even that boring looking tea cup!
- How about taking a shoe box and making it pretty and personal but putting Botanical Line Drawing around it. A keepsake for those special things.
- Sprucing up a gift label with some pretty flowers or wreaths.
- Put it on a beautiful hand made card and make somebody happy!
- Make a journal super personal by drawing botanical line drawing all over its cover.
- Design your own bag with a beautiful DIY flower wreath.
And so many more ideas! I am sure you can think of a bunch yourself! Will you share them with me by posting your awesome idea in the comments or even a picture of your own creation?