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By: Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan
144 pages, colour illus
Devised by experienced teacher and award-winning artist Rosie Martin, this course is based on the botanical illustration course taught at the highly acclaimed Eden Project in Cornwall. Packed with practical information for illustrators of all abilities, this accessible guide uses simple instructions, easy-to-follow exercises and stunning illustrations throughout.
A wide range of subjects is covered, from beautiful orchids and irises to more complex forms, such as pineapples and artichokes - including chapters on drawing white flowers and illustrating roots. This course guides the reader through basic drawing techniques, such as pencil drawing and tones and shadows, to the more advanced skills required for botanical illustration, from dissection and bisection to creating detail, texture and perspective.
* Pencil Drawing * Shapes in Nature * Plant dissection and bisection * Perspective * Use of tonal contrast * Line drawing and pencil shading * Colour and pigment mixing * Application of watercolour * Highlights and shiny surfaces * Composition and arrangement
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Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal from the RHS for her botanical watercolour painting, is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects, including botanical illustration, at home in the UK and abroad. Many of her students have gone on to win RHS medals in botanical art. 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. They both live in Cornwall. Reference title Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project hardback (9780713490053)
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