In the April 1999 issue of Plant Talk, Rosemary Wise (botanical artist at the University of Oxford) wrote an article about how to draw plants for documentation. In her article, Wise emphasizes how accuracy is important in a botanical drawing and explains how a botanical illustration can offer more information than a photograph. She also provides instruction on how to compose a botanical plate and discusses pen-and-ink drawing techniques in the process.
Wise also explains how to draw for publication, how to draw from herbarium specimens, how to draw dissections, how to hydrate dried material, and how to use tracing paper to draw dissections of symmetrical flowers.
The back issues of Plant Talk are no longer available. However a copy of this article is available for your use. This copy of Rosemary Wise’s article comes to you courtesy of the Eden Project and Plant-Talk.org.
Wise, Rosemary. 1999. Drawing plants: Ten pointers to botanical illustration. Plant Talk. No. 17:29-32.