By Jim Harter

This striking selection of engravings presents designers and advertisement artists with an impressive sourcebook of Victorian-era plant pictures — all royalty-free. integrated are 2,400 crisply designated illustrations of countless numbers of crops — from lilies, lichens, mushrooms and marigolds, to poppies, fingers, maples, and mosses. chosen from infrequent guides relationship from the 1840s to the flip of the century, the illustrations surround a variety of plant species and classifications: backyard flora, cactuses, bromeliads, ferns, deciduous timber, evergreens, grasses, legumes, orchids, nightshades, and plenty of extra. All are pointed out with Latin or universal names and are prepared alphabetically by means of relatives. additionally offered are really expert appendices on fit for human consumption meals, medicinal herbs, and crops utilized in ornament and in image layout, together with borders and motifs. Created in the course of a interval while wooden engraving had reached its zenith and turn into a tremendously subtle artwork, those fabulous royalty-free illustrations might be an critical and inspirational source for artists and craftspeople operating in numerous parts. the gathering also will pride botanists, gardeners, and creditors of outdated engravings, all of whom are certain to treasure this tribute to the sweetness and limitless number of the plant nation.

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This allows the easy transfer of line drawings from, say, tracing paper to Canson paper for a more finished color drawing. This capability also enables the designer to make more than one copy of a line drawing in case an illustration must be repaired or redone. Tracing Paper Tracing paper is an excellent surface for color design drawings. It takes all pencil, dry media, and felt-tipped line media well and erases cleanly. Markers bleed only slightly and appear muted—usually an advantage. Its translucency is less refined than that of mylar or vellum.

Large gradients of transparent color O Once the line drawing had its large areas of color, it was plotted on heavyweight coated paper. ” This kept the lines of the detail had been attempted by computer. drawing visible through the layers of It was also used to add the illuminated color. The sky, the first layer created, building windows, as well as the texture transitions from pink on the right to for the plant materials and trees. White dark blue on the left, simulating a dusk gouache was applied for the sparkle of sky just after sunset.

2-8 A variety of high-quality pastels. The stick pastels arranged horizontally are, from top to bottom: Rembrandt by Royal Talens (Holland), Pastel a l’Écu by Sennelier (France), Artisti by Maimeri (Italy), and Künstler Pastell Farben by H. Schmincke & Co. (Germany). The two stick pastels arranged vertically are the Conté stick by Conté a Paris (right) and Unison Colour, made in England (left). The pencil pastels are, from top to bottom, Schwan Stabilo (Germany), Bruynzeel design pastel (Holland), and the Conté a Paris pastel (France).

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