Botanical illustration course

Rosie Martin

Book - 2006

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London : New York : Batsford ; Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub 2006.
Item Description
Published in association with the Eden Project.
Physical Description
144 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Rosie Martin (-)
Corporate Author
Eden Project (St. Austell, England) (-)
Other Authors
Meriel Thurstan (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Martin and Thurstan are two leading figures in the Eden Project's famed art school in Cornwall, England. This book is based on the yearlong botanical illustration course that they teach at the school. Artists and plant lovers will find a wealth of practical information on both the technical aspects of dissection and illustration, and the aesthetic benefits of honing observational skills. The course moves from pencil drawing and color mixing to creating depth and perspective, and rendering detail, texture, and pattern. The easy-to-follow exercises and case studies cover irises, pansies, orchids, and daffodils, and more complex forms such as pineapples, artichokes, and cacti. Recommended for beginning artists. For an advanced work, see Siriol Sherlock'sBotanical Illustration: Painting with Watercolors . [Page 77]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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.