Exotic Botanical Illustration
With the Eden Project
By Rosie Martin (Author), Meriel Thurstan (Author)
Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan--who run the popular botanical painting course at the Eden Project--have created a practical, inspirational guide, with all the how-tos of capturing flowers, fruits, and vegetables on paper. They cover everything from familiar bananas and pineapples to extraordinary orchids and carnivorous plants, explaining the drawing process with plenty of exercises, step-by-step projects, worksheets, color swatches, sketches, and stunning paintings. Exotic Botanical Illustration is a master class in vivid colors, complex textures, and the pleasing challenges of unusual forms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Meriel Thurstan joined the Eden Project at its creation; she helped to create the Eden's Friends organization, produced its very first magazine, and organizes the successful annual Eden diploma course in botanical illustration. Her own botanical paintings hang in galleries in England, France, and Australia, and have become a popular highlight of each issue of Eden's Friends magazine. She lives in Cornwall.
Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal from the RHS for her botanical watercolor painting. She is an elected member of the Society of Botanical Artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects, including botanical illustration. 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.