Pomegranate, Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs.
This book presents the compositions of Christopher Marley: assemblages of real insect bodies that display brilliant colour and otherworldly form. The colours are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurate as possible some have been reproduced with fifth-colour metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish.
Accompanying the broad sample of Marley’s work is a series of essays by the artist: “Design of Insects,” “Insects in Design,” “History,” “Colour,” “The Coleoptera Mosaics: An Exercise in Colour,” “Repetition,” “Structure,” “Texture,” “Variations,” “Botanicals,” “Size,” and “Environmental Effects.”
Pomegranate, Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs.
The Art of Science presents the best of Museum Victoria?s remarkable collection of natural history artworks. The book opens with the ‘paper museums’ of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, stunning collections of the bizarre and fabulous, each one exquisitely depicted. It presents the valiant artistic efforts of Europeans to ‘see’ Australia’s extraordinary fauna, and celebrates the golden age of natural history illustration dominated by Audubon and Gould, those giants of avian illustration. In the contemporary museum, art and science still work hand in glove, from the palaeo-artistry of Peter Trusler to the amazing microscopic world revealed by new imaging technology. The Art of Science is a unique collection of exquisite images that will enrich our understanding of the history of art and science, the natural world, and the miracle of human perception.
OUT OF PRINT. REPRINT UNDER CONSIDERATION. Providing ecological and historical perspectives on the diverse, resilient flora and fauna that inhabit granite outcrops, this beautifully illustrated documentation explores Australia’s diverse wildlife – including the closest relatives to Granitites intangendus, a shrub that thrives in southern Australia’s harsh climate – revealing its origins in ancient rainforests that once covered the region.
Artist Tim Pond’s lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing the reader with the skills, techniques and knowledge they need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement. There are some very good books written on life drawing, yet when it comes to drawing wildlife, illustrators and artists often revert to working solely from photographs, which can leave the artwork looking lifeless and flat. In this inspirational book, artist Tim Pond shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.
One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving. However by having some basic understanding of the biology of an animal, such as knowing that a duck has a cheek or that a cheetah cant retract its claws, can influence how you might sketch them, and results in a lively drawing that captures the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. Combining scientific knowledge with expert practical guidance is key to creating successful drawings of animals, and Tims ability to convey this in a way that is both accessible and engaging makes this a unique and inspiring guide suitable for artists of all levels.
Tim’s book takes you on a journey of discovery that will enable you to develop the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to sketch a broad range of wildlife, encompassing mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. It includes quick, gestural sketches as well as linear and tonal studies, in a variety of media – pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. There are numerous studies comprising how to represent the different patterns of animals coats, how to capture the plumage of an exotic bird in watercolour, and how to sketch a hippos hooves, as well as guidance on tools, materials and basic techniques. The result is a treasure chest of fascinating facts, studies, sketches and annotated drawings that will not fail to ignite your enthusiasm for drawing animals from life.
This spectacular little book presents Albertus Seba’s unrivaled catalogue of animals, insects and plants. Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though scientists of his era often collected natural specimens, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Seba (1665-1736) was unrivaled in his passion. His amazing collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, Seba commissioned careful and often scenic illustrations of every specimen. With these meticulous drawings he arranged the publication of a four-volume catalogue covering the entire collection from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, birds and butterflies, including now extinct creatures. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-coloured original housed at the National Library of the Netherlands. The introduction supplies background information about the fascinating tradition of natural collections to which Seba’s curiosities belonged.