Rogério Lupo is a Brazilian scientific illustrator who 1st Prize in the Margaret Flockton Award in 2010 and 2013. He is also a teacher who has very generously provided a FREE guidebook and a FREE 48 minute video online providing pointers on how to draw scientific illustrations using graphite.
He also makes the effort to make sure his tuition is accessible to those who speak/read English rather than Portuguese.
This post is about:
The NEW Video
The 48 minute YouTube Video "Graphite for Scientific Illustrations - Supplement to the free Guidebook with English subtitles is a FREE lesson providing complementary demonstrations to support the study and practices of the Guidebook: Graphite and its Possibilities Applied to Scientific Illustrations. also FREE - SEE BELOW
It now has ENGLISH SUBTITLES which have been reviewed by Bobbi Angell, American Botanical Illustrator.
To enable the subtitles follow the instructions below:
You can also read the transcript for the video. If you select the three dots below the video - on the extreme right - and select "open transcript" - the transcript opens up in the top right of the screen and you can read what is being said continuously without referencing the screen. It's a long video and you might find this useful!
Graphite and its Possibilities Applied to Scientific Illustrations is a FREE Guidebook with English subtitles. Please note that Rogério Lupo has asserted his copyright and any SALE of this Guidebook is strictly prohibited
Trees, Tropical Plants & Theatre in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (October 2018 - March 2019)
On Monday I went to see the four new botanical art exhibitions at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens. I'll be reviewing them all individually on this blog in future but today I thought I'd give you a taster of what can be seen - so you start planning a visit!
The four new exhibitions run from 6 October 2018 – 17 March 2019 and have a couple of over-arching themes
Orchids and tropical plants
Orchids and tropical plants are featured in the first two exhibitions
The tree theme is particularly relevant to the Charter of the Forest in its 800th anniversary year.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: This is one of the best combination of exhibitions that I've seen here. There's a lot of excellent quality art to look at - I found it quite overwhelming - and it's really difficult to take it all in on one visit. So think very seriously about:
PS You will need a magnifier or a loupe to properly appreciate some of the paintings in these exhibitions. If you forget yours, you can borrow one from reception.
Rankafu: Masterpieces of Japanese Woodblock Prints of Orchids
These impressive and very beautiful woodblock prints of orchids are based on the watercolours of Zuigetsu Ikeda. They were first published in 1946.
Rankafu means as ‘Orchid Flower Album’. These prints are on loan from the Collection of Stephen Kirby and this is first major exhibition of the Rankafu woodblock colour prints outside of Japan.
Woodblock printing of this quality is technically demanding and the exhibition includes a display explaining how they are produced.
Botanical Theatre: The Art of Pandora Sellars
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This is an exhibition NOT TO BE MISSED.
It's unlikely you'll ever see its like again.
Many experienced botanical artists will need no introduction to the late Pandora Sellars. She has been described by Shirley Sherwood as “One of the most important botanical artists of all time” and “the best leaf painter ever”. Others would characterise her as being one of the best botanical artists when it comes to tackling a complex composition which shows off the botanical features of a plant to best effect.
However very few will have ever seen more than a few examples of her artwork in person.
This exhibition is unique and a wonderful opportunity to
Those who do not know about Pandora Sellars can read all about her and her botanical artwork in About Pandora Sellars (1936-2017) my dedicated page on this website.
The artwork is on loan from:
Mark Frith: A Legacy of Oaks
This is an exhibition of a series of 20 highly intricate, large-scale graphite drawings of Britain’s most characterful veteran oaks, many of which are more than 1,000 years. The trees are shown in winter - devoid of all leaves and new growth.
They were drawn by Mark Frith who studied Fine Art at Bristol before becoming a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker before starting to draw his first tree in 2011.
The series were commissioned by publisher, poet, and philanthropist, Felix Dennis. After he died, ten trees were gifted to the Kew Collection and ten are now owned by the Heart of England Forest - founded by Felix Dennis.
Trees: Delight in the Detail
This exhibition leans very much towards looking at the details of trees rather than the tree as a whole - and different approaches used to paint the details of trees.
The artwork represents trees from all over the world - from temperate areas and the tropics - and the detail of their leaves, cones, flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts.
Sizes vary enormously according to real life but also due to enlargement employed to show the detail of a particular aspect.
The artwork comes from the Shirley Sherwood Collection - collected from artists from all over the world. Artists include:
Graphite for Scientific Illustration by Rogério Lupo is a new FREE guide intended for anyone interested in knowing or practically learning the fundamentals of graphite and who want to improve their knowledge and skills in the use of graphite for scientific illustration generally and botanical illustration in particular.
Basic understandings of observational drawing help the student, but are not indispensable to take the best out of the booklet.
Rogerio Lupo is a Brazilian Natural Science Illustrator who has won first prize in several competitions including the Margaret Flockton Award in 2010 and 2013. He graduated in biology from the Universidade de São Paulo. Much of his work is dedicated to the illustration of scientific botanical articles/papers. He has also researched different approaches to illustration and artistic techniques.
Bobbi Angell - also a leading Botanical Illustrator - kindly provided a technical and linguistic review of the English version translated from Rogerio's first version in Portuguese
The guide covers the following:
How to download the Guide
You can see the first page of the guide below. Click this link to be taken to a page on slideshare where you can download the complete document.
Note that I have also included this view of the document on:
There is also an associated video (see below) - however this is in Portuguese - however the demonstrations will still make sense to those who have studied the guide. Plus you get to see Rogerio in action!
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