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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and the know-hoe to achieve, 17 Nov. 2008
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K. Platt "blackplantlady" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project: Challenging Colour and Texture (Hardcover)
This is a real treasure of a book for botanical illustrators. Rosie Martin went to the top of my list of favourite artists as I learned to draw from her 'Botanical Illustration Course'. This book is subtitled Challenging Colour and Texture. Here Rosie teaches how to build up tone using pencil, painting techniques and composition. Advanced techniques include using a limited palette. Right up my street as the woman who introduced 'black plants' into commercial horticulture is the section on painting black flowers. Rosie has chosen some of my favourites such as the black Strelitzia nicolai (featured on the book cover), a dishy dark black iris and a very sumptuous black tulip. However, it must be said that there are no step by step instructions for painting black flowers, a sad omission. The palette is explored for painting dark colours with tonal exercises and the artist is encouraged to try out the colours before committing to the painting. An innovative black colour circle is illustrated. The lavish illustrations really make you want to paint.
To enable you to do just that Rosie gives tips on selecting materials and building a palette. Sketchbook practice forms a core of the book with helpful exercises that make you a better painter, taking you through the techniques step by step. There is also advice on working in situ, layout, collecting specimens and recording information for later use in paintings. Learn how to tackle the demanding areas of rendering life-like paintings of plants from the fuzzy skin of a peach or the papery bark of a silver birch to the deep crimson colouring of dulse seaweed.
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. More of the same please publisher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the beginner., 30 Jan. 2010
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G. Jones (UK) - See all my reviews
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Very informative. I would recommend this book for anyone who is starting out in botanical painting. The book is well laid out with lovely illustrations. Wish I lived in Devon so I could attend the Authors course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 28 April 2012
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This book is better than I expected it to be, by far. All i was expecting was something about drawing and shapes of flowers but I opened it to find that it includes advice about lighting, composition, materials, colours and more. Really it gives a short summary of all the things you would need to know or consider when drawing or painting anything, not just flowers and plants. There is quite a focus on these rather than trees, in case this makes a difference. But I was very impressed with this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Botanical Illustration, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project: Challenging Colour and Texture (Hardcover)
This book is a MUST HAVE. There is another book by the same authors which is brilliant too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, 6 April 2009
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A book worthy of a place on the bookshelf. Well illustrated and helpful to a budding botanical artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and beautifully illustrated., 31 Oct. 2013
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Mrs. I. Russel "Irene Russell" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This book is ideal for beginer level students of botanical illustration. Takes you through the learning process of illustrating plants in small steps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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Mrs. H. Reid (Wales) - See all my reviews
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Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project: Challenging Colour and Texture by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan (Hardcover - 30 May 2008)
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