By Sarah Simblet
Following the luck of Anatomy for the Artist and cartoon e-book for the Artist, this most modern name from the acclaimed artist Sarah Simblet investigates the extreme constitution and diversity of each kind of plant-from mosses and lichens to flora and trees-and teaches the reader tips to draw them.
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The tiny cap at the tip of each capsule falls away to release the spores. Funaria hygrometrica 2 Female cedar cones disintegrate into papery layers when ripe and disperse their seeds on the wind. This ripe cone is green with algae growing on its surface. Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) 5 Filmy red algae grow in deep water, where there is not much light. They absorb nutrients from the sea water. Sea beech (Delesseria sanguinea) 3 In this fern leaf, delicately divided leaﬂets branch out from the main veins.
Many of the algae and fungi that form lichens can also live independently from each other, but when they do so they take on very diﬀerent forms. There are three main groups of lichen: fruticose, foliose, and crustose, which are recognized by how they grow (their habit). Fruticose lichens look a little like shrubs and are sometimes forked and antler-like (see top right and top left). They dominate the arctic tundra because they contain chemicals that act like anti-freeze and can survive the extreme cold.
Scalpel Keep pencils sharp if making detailed work. A scalpel cuts a better point than a pencil sharpener, and is needed to dissect ﬂowers. When dissecting ﬂowers, change scalpel blades regularly. Blunt blades tear petals. 2H HB 3B PENCIL SHARPENER FEATHER 6B WHITE PLASTIC ERASER Eraser Some white plastic erasers will erase diluted ink substantially, and cleanly, without staining or tearing paper. Cutting the eraser into triangular pieces gives plenty of clean edges for reﬁning detail. Feather An essential item when drawing in pencil, use a feather to brush away eraser particles without smudging your work.