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Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project: Drawing and Watercolour Painting Techniques for Botanical Artists

Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project: Drawing and Watercolour Painting Techniques for Botanical Artists

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By (author) Rosie Martin, By (author) Meriel Thurstan

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  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 14mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0713490748
  • ISBN 13: 9780713490749
  • Sales rank: 10,819

Product description

Botanical Illustration Course - published with the Eden Project - is your personal guide to the study of botanical drawing and watercolour painting. Devised by an award-winning botanical artist who teaches at the Eden Project, this course takes you from basic drawing techniques to advanced skills required for the analysis of complex forms in watercolour. Following the syllabus of the botanical illustration course at the acclaimed Eden Project in Cornwall, this book offers you the opportunity to perfect the many techniques used to produce beautiful and informative plant portraits. Full of practical information, and with easy-to-follow exercises, the book includes: 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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Author information

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.

Table of contents

* 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