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Illustrating Nature

Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World

by Irene Brady

$20.00 (list $25.95)

Illustrating Nature is a generously illustrated, complete guide to learning to draw what you see in nature, from beginning sketching to a professional career.

The perfect gift for the budding artist - or your own "artist-within." Suitable and useful for every level of expertise; beginners, professionals, and anyone gone sketching who wants to translate their vision into a drawing.

Start at the beginning and progress at your own speed. Draw in your sketchbook or journal with increasing skill and serenity.

This book is your ticket to the natural world. But you donít have to trek to a far off wilderness to get there. Itís all around you to enjoy every day Ė from the ladybug on the windowsill, to the milkweed in the sidewalk crack, to the frog croaking in the back yard.

Adults can begin immediately learning step-by-step skills that will enhance their personal journaling or even lead to a career in art. Kids will find the book easy and fun to use as they learn techniques that will impress their friends and family. Teens can achieve success on their own using the abundant illustrations and instructions.

Go to the Table of Contents to see all that is included. Or, get a feel for the book by reading the Introduction.

  • 162 pages. 8.5" x 11".
  • Step-by-step instructions for all skill levels. Built around 17 exercises.
  • Used in classroom settings up through college level.
  • Many extras such as Supply List, Projects, Portfolio Tips, and Career Tips. Indexed.
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Read some reviews for Illustrating Nature, Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World

Brady packs this manual with the wisdom gathered from her many years as an illustrator for the Botanical Museum and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as head of the Graphics Unit at the National Fish & Wildlife's Forensics Lab, and as the author of ten nature books...To help readers, Brady provides specific and remarkably successful exercises and techniques, developed for her [university] classes in scientific illustration and tested and retested with a wide variety of ages and skill levels. Highly recommended.

Library Journal, November 15, 2004

This book is written and illustrated in such a way that it can be used by children in classrooms or in homeschooling, teens, and advanced artists who feel they could use that extra touch in their work. Along with the art, one learns to look at nature in a whole new light, which also makes this an excellent guide for field studies and nature walks. Students learn to look below the surface of nature, take pictures, and gather specimens to study and sketch back in the classroom....

I have bought many books in the past, trying to learn to sketch, but there is nothing out there to compare with the talent Irene Brady brings to her field. If you are interested in art as a hobby or as a teaching tool,I highly recommend this book.

Reviewers Choice Reviews (Sissy Jacobson), January, 2005