Botanical illustrations are so elegant. The drawings were meant to help identify species, in many cases for medicinal purposes, illustrating the anatomy of the plant. The earliest surviving botanical drawings, dated 512, are contained in a copy of Dioscorides’ de Materia Medica.
Sandy: I mucked up my perfectly good carnation by adding color. I had a great line drawing and couldn’t control the pastel. Redrawing the edges of the petals with a pastel didn’t work so well. One can barely tell it’s a carnation now.