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Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Projectby Rosie Martin
Synopses & Reviews
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—its put together by two leading figures in the Projects 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.
Inspirational and instructive, this mix of storytelling and beautiful images charts one womanand#39;s journey from amateur painter to botanical artist. Both a showcase for Mary Annand#39;s sketchbooks and paintings, and a record of her achievements, Botanical Sketchbook is packed with advice for aspiring professionals. Along with firsthand accounts of the joys and challenges she faced along the way, it includes work from every assignment she undertook, from her first attempts at drawing a tulip to the triumphant paintings she made for her diploma portfolio. Margaret Stevens, President of the Society of Botanical Artists, adds her insightful comments on each piece.
Draw a garden on the page! Whether youand#39;re a beginner who wants advice on composition and plotting out your initial drawings; a more experienced artist eager to develop your skills with color; or an old hand looking for challenging, complex textures and shapes, this unique approach to botanical illustration has something for you. Filled with practical and inspirational worksheets, color swatches, sketches, and stunning finished paintings, it demonstrates everything you need to know about capturing beautiful botanical specimens on paper.
About the Author
Meriel Thurstan joined the renowned Eden Project at its creation and helped to create the Edenandrsquo;s Friends organization and produce 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 Edenandrsquo;s Friends magazine. She lives in Cornwall, England.
Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for her botanical watercolor painting. She is an elected member of the Society of Botanical Artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects, including botanical illustration. 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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