I was really honored when my insta-buddy Peggy Dean of The Pigeon Letters asked me if I would review her new book that is set to release May 1st on Amazon. She sent me a copy of her new how-to book called "Botanical Line Drawing" which contains 200 step-by-step illustrations of flowers, leaves, cacti, succulents, and other items found in nature. This book was a pleasure to go thru. Especially as a botanical and floral artist.
When I first received the book, I glanced thru it and noticed all the easy step-by-step illustrations. Dean used about 5 to 6 simple illustrations that would help anyone learn how to draw these nature elements. Then, I noticed how many different items she actually provided. Two hundred things to draw is amazing for anyone looking to learn to illustrate.
Dean also broke down the nature elements into four categories for easy browsing. When I sat down to watercolor one of her step-by-step illustrations, I took a look at the contents and found one of my favorites sections – the "Cacti & Succulents". I skipped right to that section and browsed through all the fun doodles and whimsical illustrations. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the cacti illustrations were all playfully potted. Her step-by-step was easy and fast. There is also a helpful area to practice your drawing, so you don't have to worry about extra drawing paper.
If anyone is interested in learning how to draw botanicals, I recommend investing in this helpful book. Also, for anyone that is a bit more advanced, this book is very nice to have for inspiration and it's nice to keep in your library for reference. I will most definitely be looking through this book when I feel the need for a bit of botanical inspiration, feel like doodling along with Peggy, or let anyone draw thru it while it hangs out on our coffee table. Thank you, Peggy for such a fun book.
For more on Peggy and The Pigeon Letters, check her out on Instagram at @thepigeonletters
Botanical Line Drawing can be found here!