After you've collected your plant material and studied and made all the notes you need comes the challenge of the composition - how to portray your chosen plant.
Oddly this is an aspect which - in my opinion - is not emphasised enough in many botanical art instruction books which tend to focus a lot on the technical aspects of handling media.
Composition: The plan, placement or arrangement of the elements of art in a work. It is often useful to discuss these in reference to the principles of design, as well as to the relative weight of the composition's parts.
principles of design or principles of art - Certain qualities inherent in the choice and arrangement of elements of art in the production of a work of art. Artists "design" their works to varying degrees by controlling and ordering the elements of art. Considering the principles is especially useful in analyzing ways in which a work is pleasing in formal ways. How any work exhibits applications of these principles can further or modify other characteristics of a work as well. (See definition for further details of the principles)
elements of art or elements of design - The basic components used by the artist when producing works of art. Those elements re color, value, line, shape, form, texture, and space. The elements of art are among the literal qualities found in any artwork.
The aim of the project was to focus on understanding the fundamentals relating to the principles and elements of composition and offer a range of tips, advice and links to more resources. Examples relate primarily relate apply to traditional forms of artwork - including botanical art and illustration.
These are all blog posts I wrote in relation to a major project about composition and design in 2008.
Details should not be put on as an afterthought – or look as though they have been. Decide before starting your composition whether or not details are to be included.
The Botanical Art Files - Composition:
The Design Guide for Botanical Artists:
Volume 1 Paperback use 12 Jan 2015
by Rita Parkinson (Author, Illustrator), Dolores Sk-Malloni (Illustrator)
This book sets out to remedy any uncertainty or deficiency an individual may feel they have in relation to composition and relates the "rules" specifically to botanical art
The Composition Process
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: Rita Parkinson (12 Jan. 2015)
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