New Books: Landscape Design & Botanical Illustration

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Tim Richardson’s Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks (712.0222 RIC). This intimate glimpse into the private sketchbooks of the worlds leading landscape and garden designers reveals a dazzling array of insights and ideas that will inspire the amateur and practitioner alike. 37 international designers carefully selected by the design critic behind the Chelsea Fringe have opened their sketchbooks specially for this publication.

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The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King (758.5 KIN). Kew is eminent worldwide in botanical science and the study and preservation of plant species, and Christabel King has been doing illustrations for them for 40 years and is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and tranferring drawings. She goes on to discuss painting leaves, flowers, cactii and succulents, wildflowers, trees and plates for Curtis’s Botanical magazine.

On display for you to browse – 2nd floor of Llandaff Library – until Wednesday 27th April, after which time they may be borrowed. If you would like to read more about them or place a reservation, follow the link to Metsearch – Cardiff Met’s new library catalogue.

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