This is a SUMMARY of the UPDATES relating to the Young Botanical Artist Competition introduced by Dr Shirley Sherwood in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. I've been getting quite a few queries from people interested in the competition and felt the need to summarise
So this is an UPDATE about what's happened since the competition was introduced:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this year's botanical art prize. It will enable the SSBA to grow by introducing beginners and other artists in the north and south of Scotland to the joy in capturing the beauty of plants in the fine detail of botanical art, and hopefully inspire them to continue learning."
WHAT THE JUDGES THOUGHT!
The judges thought that the entries were of a very high standard. However, they particularly liked the SSBA’s plan to
“We are delighted to award the biennial Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize to the Society of Scottish Botanical Artists, to help in their work enabling Scots outside the central belt to participate in the creation of botanical artworks, with all the benefits that come with that.
The Society won the prize against very stiff competition from other groups in the United Kingdom. We wish the SSBA good fortune in their endeavours."
Ursula Buchan, Chair of the Finnis Scott Foundation
“The Prize is unique in that it offers the opportunity for dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out. The botanical artist often works alone, so the opportunity to work in collaboration as part of a group can be incredibly inspiring.”
Sandra Wall-Armitage (one of the Judges)
Margaret Flockton Award is unique amongst international art awards, focusing exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration, as distinct from botanical art RBG Sydney Flickr Album Margaret Flockton Award 2021
Reproducability is extremely important, because the nature of our work is that it is reproduced so anything too delicate can be lost on reduction.
âComposition will usually be the thing that wins a work. If you can make a composition sing in terms of the way it tells the story of the plant you're doing well.
Comments by Lesley Elkan from the Facebook Live Event
Esmee's illustrated has been awarded the First Prize for its exacting skilful technique and perfectly balanced composition. The clarity of the strong line is complemented by the perfectly rendered elements, with a concise stipple techniques used only where required to convincglu describe form. Line weight is also used to describe shadows and depth. The illustration reveals the life cycle and key features of
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46 artists from 21 countries submitted works in a time before the world paused.
Astoundingly, the total number of entries in 2020 reflected as a 50% increase on previous averages, with countries Bulgaria, Switzerland and Norway represented for the first time. Ink was far and away the most favoured medium for illustrating, with pencil a distant second of the traditional forms, while digital and mixed media continue their slow rise in the ranks.
Round Up of the entries received for the 2020 Award
High resolution for judging and exhibiting:
- No photos of artworks will be accepted - scanned original works or digitally created images only.
- Ink line and stipple - Bitmap tiff @ 1200dpi
- Pencil or Continuous tone - Greyscale tiff or psd (NOT jpg)
(Colour files will NOT be accepted, please convert to greyscale) @ 600dpi (minimum).
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