How do you become a botanical illustrator? What does the job involve?
How do you get a job in botanical illustration at one of the major botanical gardens that employ botanical illustrators?
Below is a 5 minute video created to illustrate a career in botanical illustration. It features botanical illustrator Catherine Wardrop, who is one of two botanical illustrators employed by the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. She works at the herbarium and prepares black and white illustrations in pen and ink for botanists and publication in of Flora of New South Wales revisions, Flora of Australia, Telopea and other scientific journals. She also curates key Margaret Flockton works.
Note: the video is old but the principles of the approach to creating a botanical illustration for a scientific publication remain the same.
It shows techniques used by botanical illustrators - including
You must love both nature and detail and have a number of drawing skills to be a professional botanical illustrator. Skills required include:
The video finishes by explaining her educational background and how she got a job in botanical illustration. Catherine has a a first degree in printmaking and a Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration from Newcastle University in New South Wales.
[Note: Newcastle University has a Degree in Natural History Illustration. This page outlines requirements and the core and optional courses for the degree.]
More about jobs in botanical illustration
Today I've created two new pages on my website for in-depth book reviews of two books relevant to those who want to learn more about botany and the botanical illustrator - and highly recommended by me.
Both reviews were written some years ago shortly after the books were published - but the books haven't changed so nor has the value of the book reviews!
However it occurred to me that it would be much more helpful to those wanting to learn about how to draw plants - or develop their skills - if the book reviews were with the rest of the information I've compiled. So today I've moved them from my review blog to this website.
I'll also be moving more in-depth reviews between now and the end of the year.
The two books are as follows (click the links below the image to go to the dedicated page for each book and read the reviews)
Interestingly both books highlight the value of learning through studying the botanical illustrators of the past.
If you'd like to check out some of the best botanical illustrators and artists in history check out my section on Botanical Art History and in particular Past Masters of Botanical Art & Illustration (1500-1900)
Note: The links above go direct to the page which hosts the book review. The book reviews include associate links to Amazon. This site uses the pennies raised via book sales via those links to finance this website - which is not cheap to run.
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The Linnean Society is participating in Open House between 10:00–17:00 on Saturday 17 September 2016. Find out more about this event on their website.
The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.
The entrance to The Linnean Society of London is located on the left inside the arch into Burlington Courtyard - at, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom (better known to a lot of artists as also being home to the Royal Academy of Art)
Below is the main library - which I can highly recommend! Last time I was there it was displaying their copy of one of the three volumes of Banksias by Celia Rosser - and you don't get to see that very often!
This post is about how to find information about the RHS Botanical Art Shows in 2017 and the future - for all actual and aspiring future exhibitors.
In the past, many botanical artists have found it very difficult to find out about:
RHA Botanical Art & Photography Shows in 2017
The RHS now has a web page for information about the shows for artists and photographers. If you hope to exhibit in future or are planning to exhibit in 2017 you should bookmark this now. That's because it's not easy to find unless you know where to look!
The page has two sub-pages for:
Dates of RHS Botanical Art Shows in 2017
News & Resources
About Botanical Art and
For Botanical Artists
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