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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Teaching Art: Botanical Art Techniques with Bente King

Teaching Art: Botanical Art Techniques with Bente King

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Teaching Art; SAA
  • Product Name: Botanical Art Techniques; Painting & Drawing Flowers & Plants
  • Item number: TA BKBATD
  • RRP at time of writing: £18.37

Reason For Buying

I’ve always wanted to paint in a realistic style, not necessarily to the extreme accuracy of serious botanical painting, b ut well enough that you could see what flower etc I was representing. I saw a clip of this on The Painting and Drawing Channel (also on You Tube)  and really loved it.

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Bente Starke King is encouraging and inspirational in her art work and presentation style
  • DVD covers watercolours, working with coloured pencils,
  • Ink and wash
  • Drawing techniques
  • The run time on the DVD is 73 minutes

Cons:

This is mearly a niggle. Since the DVD was created in 2004 it is in 4:3 aspect ratio, which looked a bit odd on a larger wide-screen TV. It is simple to get round this, change your TV screen setting to 4:3 and the shapes of everything come out much better.

Build Quality

Excellent. Good lighting, sound and no distracting music or backgrounds. Well presented and quality content.

Value for Money

Excellent. There are lots of techniques covered in the DVD making it good value for money.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I highly recommend it o anyone wanting to start drawing and painting flowers and those wanting to increase/improve their skills with pencils, inks and watercolours.

Summing up

Bente is  simply wonderful, full of enthusiasm for her subject which is very contagious. When she says you can do it, you believe you can and that is half the battle when learning something new. I painted a leaf using her methods after watching this DVD and it was the best I’ve ever painted.

If you want to paint realistic style with watercolours this is an excellent place to start.

Links

SAA. The Society for All Artists. This is where you can buy the DVD and your art materials too. Become a member for excellent savings on products and postage costs.

Botanical Art Techniques DVD

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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