Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Project Paperback – Aug 5 2008
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About the Author
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. Meriel Thurstan joined the Eden Project at its creation; she helped to create the Eden's Friends organization and produced its very first magazine. Meriel organizes the extremely successful annual Eden diploma course in botanical illustration. Her own botanical paintings hang in England, France and Australia and have become a popular highlight of each issue of Eden's Friends magazine. She lives in Cornwall.
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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.
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.
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!
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