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Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Project [Paperback]

Rosie Martin , Meriel Thurstan
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Aug. 5 2008
This is simply the best and most complete course in botanical illustration ever produced, with each chapter a perfectly constructed and self-contained class. Created in conjunction with the internationally renowned Eden Project—home of the only jungle in captivity—it’s put together by two leading figures in the Project’s famed art school, and uses many beautiful works from its students. Artists and plant lovers will find a wealth of practical information, with easy-to-follow exercises and case studies. The priceless advice encompasses everything from honing observational skills and plant dissection procedures to color mixing and applying watercolor. Adding highlights, producing a pleasing composition, and developing a personal style—all the building blocks for achieving excellence are here.

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Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal from the RHS for her botanical watercolour painting. She is an elected member of the Society of Botanical Artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects, including botanical illustration in both. She has worked in fashion, ballet and theatre; her clients have included David Bowie, Anthony Caro, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Muir, for whom she produced textiles and interior design prints.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised May 28 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is far from being a guide to drawing or painting botanical subjects. This illustrations are very accomplished creating a high standard, then the instructions given are barely adequate to begin a project of this sort. It is a good book to introduce the subject but I would caution anyone who wants to begin illustrating and needs a real guide to the steps involved to choose a different book.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book in both the educational and artistic value March 18 2008
By CLG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderous compilation of educational guidelines on producing artwork and properly representing the beauty and complexity of plants using pencil and watercolor media. It also could pass as a coffee table book as the images are incredible. I was immediately struck at the techniques covered as every art book should - recommendation on watercolor/paper/pencils to use, other tools needed, shading & highlighting, importance of representing the tiniest details, color development (e.g. how to make the right green - I loved that part), depth and so much more. In many ways I was reminded of my university art classes I took many years ago, but this book covers so much more than I garnered through formal education. Those that purchase the book for learning how to bring plants to life on paper or canvas should follow the educational component of the book from the beginning to the end in order to gain the most on how to illustrate plants. By following this method, each artist will definitely get what this book offers - and makes one wish they could take part of the art classes taught at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. I definitely wish I could do so!
85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Botanical Painting May 4 2008
By S. Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book emphasizes how to produce botanical paintings, and it really succeeds there, with a profusion of color illustrations and explanations of color handling. There are also about 20 pages on pencil drawing.
One thing I do object to is the total absence of pen and ink techniques. This book is described as the best and most complete course in botanical illustration ever produced, and yet this cannot be true without pen and ink techniques. The vast majority of botanical illustration - as opposed to botanical art - is published as black and white. (I am a published botanical illustrator, all of the publishers I worked with wanted ink illustrations, not pencil). If someone is hoping to use this book to help start their career, it is lacking. But if you are looking to start painting botanicals as I am, it is great.
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admire Botanical Illustrations? Now you can do them too! Oct. 5 2008
By Naomi Manygoats - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A fabulous book- explaining all the materials, methods, colors, shapes, and such that make botanical illustrations so very realistic and beautiful. There are marvelous watercolor tips, tips on keeping a sketchbook, showing the roots of a plant, and painting white flowers realistically (somthing I am horrible at).

The book shows you how to create highlights, depth, and texture. It also covers how to show a plant dissected and bisected. More tips include how to make your picture work. A really enjoyable book that has me sketching the leaves from my garden and yard at the kitchen table. Beautifully illustrated throughout.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eden Project March 27 2009
By Kim Scott Melin Aussie Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Who was to know that such a great book was available?
I must first address the privilege of wonder of visiting
the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. Anyone interesting
in plants and garden design will be in rapture.I have visited
the Eden Project twice, the second occasion taking 3
of my grandchildren. It is one the the best teaching
tools I have ever seen for adults and children alike.
It is a pity that the United States has not invested
and created such a close to nature tool for its children
and families to learn and enjoy. Once again to understand
nature one has to learn to appreciate it. What a perfect
time in history for such a development in the U.S. This
being said the book is a true gift. It shows such a simple
break down of learning to draw botanical art. Cleverly
written and illustrated for the layman to follow and an
important tool in both studying and painting botanicals.
Thank you Amazon, once again!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Botanical Drawing Dec 16 2008
By 2kittiesmom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been drawing for 1 year, was looking for a book that would give me insight into producing realistic plantlife. This one is a good instructional volume, but is geared more toward water color than pencil drawing. Still very helpful and worth having in a library of how to art books.
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