This is the companion to Heather Kilgour’s 10
Step Drawing Animals (also found on this site). Just
like its fellow, you can learn how to draw seventy-five beautiful
flowers and arrangements in just ten steps with this useful
primer. Each flower is shown being constructed a stage at
a time on one or two pages, taking you from a mere shape or
line to a finished colored drawing.
First the introduction explains how the process works and
tells you what you need to buy and why. Pencils or paints
are the suggested mediums for adding color, and anybody who
is even mildly interested in art or a keen crafter will already
own most of what they will need. The book is divided into
four sections comprising blooms, blossoms, botanicals and
displays. Blooms are your basic garden favorites, blossoms
can be found on trees in spring, botanicals are more unusual
items (actually rather a mixed bag) and displays are bouquets
and wreaths. Even a drawing novice can easily get the line
drawing right; adding color is trickier and a true beginner
will probably want to purchase a basic book in their chosen
medium. This is, after all, a book about drawing, not coloring,
and it certainly succeeds in showing how simple it is to draw
a line drawing of a flower. One thing to help you with the
color aspect is the row of circles at the bottom of each page
showing the colors used, which is a nice touch. Choose from
garden flowers like foxgloves, a water lily, rose and bluebell
or depict cherry blossom, crab apple blossom or magnolias.
Draw botanicals such as aloe vera, pitcher plants and Christmas
cactus or sketch a festive wreath, wild flower bouquet or
a bunch of spring bulbs. Each flower has a short piece about
it, and to help you choose your project, there is a list of
contents at the front. My only complaint is the small size
of some of the stages in the displays section, squashed onto
one page instead of two and only about an inch in some cases.
This aside if you want to learn to draw flowers from scratch,
this is a good place to do so.
Step Drawing Series
If you cannot find a good range of drawing materials locally,
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.