Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Book List

Last night I spent my time reviewing books that I will use in the course. Lucky me, I already own all the titles! :-)

This course is based on the first four chapters of Bente Starcke King's Beautiful Botanicals. As the book is rather hard to come by (I do have a copy!), the chapters are offered as pdfs downloadable from the Cornell site.

1. Basic Form and Perspective
2. Graphite Pencil
3. Pen and Ink
4. Ink Wash

It's because of the pen and ink work involved that I recently tried that out medium. I've discovered that the nibs are delicate--one has already seen its better days after a nosedive into the hardwood flooring. Yipes! :-)

There are supplemental books mentioned but not required:


  1. Impressive book list- looks like this class will be wonderful!
    Yup- those pen nibs are delicate; except for when you drive them into the palm of your hand or fingertip- then you wonder how something to small can inflict so much pain... ah! we artists must suffer for our work!

  2. I am so looking forward to this class. I have a few more supplies to come by, but I'm essentially ready.

    Ouch! That's gotta hurt! And, I suppose it must leave a tattoo as well. :-)