Schlagwort: Review

review: Inking Florals: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Modern Florals in Ink and Watercolor

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Das Buch habe ich als Rezensionsexemplar von NetGalley erhalten, was aber in keiner Weise meine Rezension beeinflusst.

Illustration Studio: Inking Florals: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Modern Florals in Ink and Watercolor

Erscheinungsdatum: 16. Juni 2020

ISBN: 9781633228368

Seiten: 128

gekauft bei/erhalten von: NetGalley

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Illustration Studio: Inking Florals features inking and watercolor tips and techniques, drawing basics, an overview of plant and flower structures, and step-by-step inking projects for a well-rounded, engaging introduction to multimedia botanical art geared toward artists of all skill levels.

You will love learning to work with ink, pencil, and watercolor as you create your own favorite plants and flowers. Step-by-step projects feature popular flowers, including poppies, peonies, roses, freesias, snapdragons, and more, for a wide variety of well-loved plants that many of us have in our own gardens and/or see while out and about. The Illustration Studio series features interactive exercises, creative prompts, and step-by-step exercises to educate and excite beginning and aspiring artists working in a variety of media and techniques, from manga and anime to illustration done in ink

Illustration Studio: Inking Florals opens with an introduction to plant structure. Essential tools and materials are covered as well, and then you can learn all about drawing basics, ink shading tips, and watercolor techniques so that you have some basic knowledge before getting started on the more than 15 step-by-step drawing projects that round out the book. The final project is a bouquet that incorporates all of the instructions and tips that you have learned throughout the book. Each project in the book makes a beautiful keepsake item or gift for a loved one.

With Illustration Studio: Inking Florals, you can learn to draw, ink, and add color to all your favorite botanicals!

weil ich das Rezensionsexemplar über die englischsprachige Seite von NetGalley erhalten habe, habe ich die Rezension auch auf Englisch geschrieben.

I never would have thought that I would enjoy drawing. But in recent years I learnt that I can draw, that I can create something with a pencil, a bit of colour and that I’m not that bad.

Flowers are my favourite things to draw. I may not be very good at it, but it’s fun. On Youtube and Skillshare there are a lot videos on how to draw flowers and of course there are a lot of books, too. One book I discovered on NetGalley and requested an advanced reader’s copy (arc).

Back to the book itself. „Inking Florals: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Modern Florals in Ink and Watercolor*“ is by Isa Down, an artist and teacher on Skillshare. You can also follow her on Instagram.

The first pages are about the materials you need to start drawing (e.g. ink pens) and there is a colour chart with primary and secondary colours (something we all learnt back in school but I was never that interested).

Isa Down talks also about finding inspiration, like going for walks and taking photos. That’s something I often do myself. Photography is a hobby of mine since quite a few years and I always enjoy walking in the forest or through fields and meadows. Especially now in spring there is a lot to discover.

The reader learns also about watercolour techniques (like wet-on-wet), how to correct mistakes and if he or she should apply the watercolour first and than the ink or the other way round. Isa says that there are no right or wrong ways and I think that’s the beauty with art.

Before Isa takes us step by step through the process of drawing a flower, we learn some basics about flowers, the names of each part.

There are 18 step-by-step tutorials of flowers like snowdrop, anemone and red poppy. The step-by-step guides are very easy to follow because they include drawings belong-side the text.

I want to show you one of my drawings I did with the help of this book.

short review: Covent Garden in the Snow

Hello and welcome to another short review – this time in English. I hope that’s okay for all my German readers out there.

Covent Garden in the Snow*“ is a romantic novel written by British author of several other books Jules Wake. Read more about the book itself at the end of the article.

My opinion

The words ‚Covent Garden‘ had me. The novel screamed my name. I mean, London?! You know about my obsession, right? I was there just a few weeks ago. In London. At Covent Garden. Happy times.

This book is about make-up artist Tilly who works at a opera house in London. She is not very good with computers – or should I say with every electronic device except her Kindle? So when she loads a virus on her work computer she is confused. How did that happen? But help is on its way: Marcus, the new IT director is there to help the opera house with everything computer related. It’s bad enough that he has to be THAT attractive!

Tilly’s boyfriend Felix meanwhile has secrets that Tilly doesn’t see coming. Scandals at work are suddenly in the tabloids. Her gay co-worker Vince acts strange, but Tilly doesn’t make the connection.

Okay, I said enough. No more spoilers!

I’d be lying if I’d say the story line is not predictable. But isn’t every book of that kind predictable? It’s not a bad thing. The main thing in a book is that you feel entertained. And I loved Tilly and Marcus.

Yes, it’s just another ‚a bit clumsy but nice woman meets sexy as hell man‘-book. There is a twist in it, there are books involved (yes, Tilly is an avid reader and so is Marcus). There is London. In winter.

So, if you are looking for a cosy book to read on your couch – then this is for you.


review: Love at the Italian Lake

My second book by Darcie Boleyn! If you remember, the first one was „Summer at Conwenna Cove„, set in beautiful Cornwall. Darcie’s new book, „Love at the Italian Lake*“, plays, obviously, in Italy. But it starts in London und follows Sophia Bertoni on her journey to herself. Okay, that sounds cheesy. But it’s a romance novel, so it has to be a bit cheesy, right? There is nothing wrong with that.

Sophia dumped her long-term boyfriend whom she never really loved anyway and in order to collect herself, she goes to Malcesine at Lake Garda, where her grandmother lives. I just googled the city and it really exists. I’ve never been to Lake Garda, so I didn’t know if this city is fiction or not. But it’s real and it looks very nice. I like the alpine panorama. We used to stay at the Bavarian or Austrian Alps for two weeks during the summer holidays. It’s a happy childhood memory. But the only time I was in Italy was when we visited Rome for a week 7 years ago.

Back to the topic!

Darcie’s new book is a very easy-to-read book, a light reading and perfect for the summer (or winter, if it’s too cold). In fact, I felt very comfortable reading this novel. Summer, a lake in the mountains, a good-looking man and a nice protagonist and you also visit Verona while reading the book. There are some family secrets involved as well. And, of course, Sophia as well as Joe, like each other, but they want to enjoy the summer together without commitment. You can guess that they both have feelings for the other, but Sophia thinks that Joe isn’t interested in her.

If you love romance novels, then here is your next book. Darcie Boleyn knows how to write a good book.

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Tamara Ellan