Saturday, September 05, 2009

Book review: Natural History Painting with the Eden Project

I already own the two Botanical art books based round the Eden Project and am impressed with them, so when I spotted this new title I couldn't resist buying it.

Book Details
Natural History Painting with the Eden Project by Rosie Martin and Merial Thurstan
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Batsford (3 Aug 2009)

One of the things I liked about the other books was the quality of the illustrations and again in this book they were very nice.
The emphasis is on pencil drawing and watercolour and the book covers each part of the painting process.

The book is divided into 15 chapters including 'Setting Up' which discusses materials and includes an exercise in drawing scales accompanied by some excellent drawings.
There is a chapter on colour theory which highlights colour mixing and has some examples of what can be achieved using limited colours.
As well as chapters on 'Bugs', 'Birds' and 'Sea Life'there are more unusual chapters on'Bones', ├Źridescence' and "Display and Mimicry'

I was a little disappointed there is very little on mammals but the rest of the content makes up for it.

I think the book will appeal to both beginners and more advanced artists as it is sufficiently different from anything else available at present.

1 comment:

Alex said...

Brilliant, and simply elegant!