One major aspect which differentiates great botanical art from 'OK art' is the composition.
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 it on your chosen support.
Oddly this is an aspect which - in my opinion - is not emphasised enough in many botanical art instruction books which focus 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)
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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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.
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