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Exotic Botanical Illustration: With the Eden Project [Hardcover]

Meriel Thurstan , Rosie Martin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5 July 2012
* An exciting approach to botanical illustration featuring exotic and extraordinary plant specimens. * Striking plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables provide new challenges in colour, texture and form. * Stunning finished paintings accompany simple instructions and step-by-step projects for a beautiful book that both guides and inspires. Strange and unusual specimens have never been more accessible - as more and more exotic fruit and vegetables appear regularly in our shopping baskets and our florists fill with flowers from every corner of the globe, this practical and beautiful guide to capturing strange and striking plants on paper has never been more timely. There is something for beginners and more experienced botanical illustrators alike, whether you wish to paint more familiar bananas, pineapples and other exotic fruits that are now widely available, or more complex orchids and even carnivorous plants. Acclaimed artists Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan (authors of the bestselling Contemporary Botanical Illustration and Botanical Illustration Course) run the popular botanical painting course at the Eden Project and are thus uniquely placed for this exciting take on the genre. The unusual colours and complex textures of exotic plants present a new challenge to the botanical artist, but this book guides you through each stage of the painting process with plenty of exercises and step-by-step projects. Fantastically illustrated with worksheets, colour swatches, sketches and stunning finished paintings this practical and inspirational guide is a must-have for botanical artists of all levels.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849940312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849940313
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series has been successful because of the all-but-perfect combination of subject, quality of illustration and clear writing. This is the best so far. The subjects offer intriguing possibilities of colour and texture, and the structure of the book is well judged and is much more about composition, drawing and the use of colour that it is tied to its subject. --The Artist

About the Author

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. Reference title Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project hardback (9780713490053) 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 16 Aug 2012
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Lovely book following on from the previous two. Instructive and suitable for beginners and advanced painters alike. Very well illustrated with works by well known botanical artists although the colours of one of the paintings in particular were not true. I am very pleased with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars drawings 11 May 2013
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lovely drawings, quite inspiring. I am enjoying this book and will use it as a design source when creating embroideries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to aspire to 30 Dec 2012
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I am a novice pencil artist and this book is not for the feint hearted, but as something to aspire to and the tips it gives is a good part of the armamentarium of this genure.
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