Here is a tulip a sketched in the flower book.
I have mentioned that I've done pen and ink for a long time. I've always loved pen and ink work. I remember buying a book when I was in high school, maybe even junior high. I worked through the book, read all the words, copied most of the drawings. I learned alot, even if I couldn't have put what I learned into words back then.
Then, after college and a few years of working as a software engineer I decided to do some art in my spare time. I bought Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill. It is a fabulous tome on the subject. I worked through it as well. Dutifully, I did the exercises...practiced making all the different lines that he suggests...spent several hours doing those practice "moves"...whiled away the hours staring at the illustrations in the book. I still turn to that book now and again, always feeling refreshed for having done so.
You know, that's why I love books...some of them become old friends.
As a side note, I understand that Guptill also wrote a companion volume to the pen and ink one above. As I was searching on Amazon I found this one, is that perhaps a reprint of the companion volume which has long been out of print? Does anyone know?