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Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Project

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This is simply the best and most complete course in botanical illustration ever produced, with each chapter a perfectly constructed and self-contained class. Created in conjunction with the internationally renowned Eden Project—home of the only jungle in captivity—it’s put together by two leading figures in the Project’s famed art school, and uses many beautiful works from ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Batsford (first published May 28th 2006)
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Feb 13, 2015 EKS rated it really liked it
A good intro to botanical illustration in watercolor with a focus on accurate, detailed, luminescent painting.

Useful as a textbook for artists enrolled in a nature illustration art studio course or for artists with some experience in realistic illustration. Although the book reviews drawing techniques, it presumes you already know how to accurately draw and foreshorten complex forms from observation. Prior watercolor experience not required and not assumed. Reasonable coverage of color mixing u
Aug 08, 2011 Merrilee rated it it was amazing
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Not only a wonderful resource for the botanical artist, also a book full of beautiful illustrations that will take your breath away.
In terms of instruction it is a good solid coverage of the basic skills and gives guidance on practice and studies. Not for the complete beginner unless they are dedicated and good at learning solo.
Mar 16, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent instructional text on the techniques and process of botanical illustration. It does presume some knowledge and skill with drawing, but covers all the relevant techniques special to the titular art, and gives a handy primer on working with watercolour as well. The authors specify that this book is based on a one-year diploma course, and as such the reader shouldn't expect to master the process in a matter of days. However I do believe that diligent practice and execution ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Ginger rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone ready to move to the next step in their art
It is beautiful and delightful~everything I thought it would be. However, I think I'll stick with pencil drawing a bit longer. I need my drawing to be better quality before I try to make them realistic.
Jul 27, 2012 Palma rated it it was ok
This book was okay. Content poor and i didn't find it inspiring although the artwork is lovely.
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Sep 10, 2009 Angela Boord rated it it was amazing
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An amazing book. Could *easily* be the basis of a year-long high school art course. Nicely laid out, very detailed, gorgeous illustrations.
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Jan 07, 2014 Tyler Sandel rated it really liked it
This is a great book about illustration of of the botanical world. It takes an almost medical-esque and anatomy style of sketching and tips on not just colors with pencils but also with watercolours
More useful for watercolour (and techniques to use for detailed watercolour illustrations) than for pencil or technical science illustration drawings.
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