144 pages, 130 illustrations
Contemporary Botanical Illustration covers some of the unusual colours that can be included in botanical art, from black flowers and plants – including seaweed – to green, blue and puce pink. The tricky subject of texture in both pencil and paint is covered in detail. And to ensure you are at the cutting edge of botanical art, Contemporary Botanical Illustration covers the latest ideas for presentation of botanical art, including new ideas, some from the Far East, for arranging flowers before painting.
Fantastically illustrated with drawings, stunning finished paintings and many step-by-step demonstrations, Contemporary Botanical Illustration covers: an overview of contemporary botanical illustration; your workplace and materials; pencil drawing; sketchbook practice; composition; basic colour theory; colour and subjective colour exercises; primary colours and their uses; painting techniques; paint it black; challenging texture, pattern and colours; and, food plants.
The projects from vegetables to stunning flowers such as orchids are all excellently reproduced and will have you reaching for your paints. The practical information should ensure your success. This is an excellent book for the budding or experienced botanical illustrator alike and one that I shall use frequently to enhance my own limited skills. This 144 page book includes a resources list to obtain materials. I highly recommend this beautiful volume that is well worth the money. Top Amazon Reviewer, 17 Nov 2008.
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Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for her botanical watercolour painting. She is a member of the Society of Botanical artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects. Rosie lives in Devon. As well as being an outstanding botanical artist, Meriel Thurstan worked for the Eden Project from its creation. She started the Eden's Friends organization and started the Eden magazine, for which she still writes today. Her botanical paintings are shown in England, France and Australia. Meriel lives in Somerset.