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Friday, June 27, 2014

From Hunt to Tachikawa


1. Hunt 104; 2. Hunt 102; 3. Tachikawa G; 4. Brause 66EF (nibs are not in scale)

In addition to Rotring Rapidograph .25 and .35 technical pens we use four different nibs at our second level Pen and Ink class:
1. Hunt 104: Finest superfine art pen for the fine hair lines and smallest details.
2. Hunt 102: This superfine and flexible nib is said to be America's most popular art pen, also called Crow Quill
3. Tachikawa G: This nib produces a variety of lines from very fine to bold depending on the amount of pressure. This chrome plated nib is also used for Copperplate and Spencerian scripts.
4. Brause 66 EF: Very flexible nib giving thick down strokes and fine thins. This nib is also called Arrow Nib and it has been manufactured by the German company Brause since 1850. It has a high ink capacity.

Please see some of the practice pieces with the nibs by clicking here.


(Deanna Gammon's first practice piece with the nibs)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Phone and Voice Mail is back on!

(Noreen Goetz, watercolor pencil)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Workshops and Field Trips at the GNSI conference

You can now register to attend only a workshop or field trip without attending the GNSI core conference.

Also, please note that in connection with the GNSI conference a related workshop: Sequential Art: Visual Storytelling with David R. Clarke is taught at Denver Botanic Gardens , July 18-20, please click here for more information and to register (only 4 more seats available, GNSI members get the Gardens' member price, please call 720-865-3653).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Garden Cycle by Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

Part of the Monet Pool Fiori by Dale Chihuly (please click to enlarge)

Denver Botanic Gardens is pleased to host an edition of the Garden Cycle by Dale Chihuly during the coming six months (June 14 - November 30, 2014, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends). This is the Rocky Mountain Region's first outdoor installation of the artwork by Chihuly. This spectacular exhibit is free for the Denver Botanic Garden's members.
Blue and Purple Boat and Walla Wallas by Dale Chihuly at our Japanese garden (please click to enlarge)

School of Botanical Art and Illustration offers a related illustration class: Garden Landscapes and Sculpture, July 14-18, 2014 (9 a.m. - noon). Please follow this link for more information and to register (only five more seats available).

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer and Fall Courses open for Registration Today!

(by K. Genoff-Campbell)

Our Summer and Fall course registration opens today June 10th, 9 a.m. Please follow this link (all courses appear on-line at 9 a.m.) for a successful registration. We have only 12 seats available for each course offering and the courses sell out fast!

Good Luck!

Friday, June 6, 2014

2014 Margaret Flockton Award - Congratulations to Lucy Smith!

(Nepenthes petiolata by Lucy Smith, Kew U.K., please click to enlarge)

Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. The annual award is very competitive, this time 34 illustrations from ten different countries were submitted for consideration. The winning image of Nepenthes petiolata was drawn by Lucy Smith from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Lucy will receive AU$5000 for first prize. This was her tenth time to participate and previously she has won the 2nd prize three times and has received 5 Highly Commended Awards. 
Edmundo Saavedra Vidal from Mexico received the 2nd prize (AU$2000) for the superbly rendered dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. Read more about 2014 Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition by clicking here.
(Taraxacum officinale by Edmundo S. Vidal, Mexico, , please click to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bird illustration at El Charco

ElCharco del IngenioSan Miduel de Allende, GTO, Mexico is a bird watcher’s paradise, but drawing birds can be a challenge. 
As part of the collaboration between El Charco del Ingenio,  and Denver Botanic Gardens, this course covers the basics of drawing birds in graphite. You learn the fundamental drawing skills to develop accurate bird renderings both at rest and in flight. You'll study the moving subject outside the classroom while sketching and photographing them. Learn bird anatomy and physical characteristics through group instruction and individual attention. The goal of this course is to produce a finished graphite drawing which may depict anything from an impressionistic rendering of a hawk in flight to a detailed photo-realistic portrait of one’s favorite songbird. 
Time: July 21 - 25, 10am - 2pm 
Instructor:  Randall Raak
Fee: General: 2500 pesos, Members: 2000 pesos
(Advance payment of 600 pesos to reserve place.)
Space is limited
For more information: charcodelingeniocomunicacion@gmail.com
(Illustration by R. Raak)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rory McEwen and the Botanical Art

(Rory McEwen, watercolor on velum 1967, please click to enlarge)
 In our series Drawing on Tradition, a workshop about Rory McEwen (1932-1982) and his groundbreaking techniques in botanical art began. A pleasant surprise awaited the students in the classroom: Alice Pierson, one of our youngest students came with an original Rory McEwen painting and made it possible for the other students to study his strokes close by.
(Alice and one of the family treasures)