Botanical art is undergoing a great renaissance and it is delightful to see such a wide and lively interpretation in this charming sketchbook. - Dr. Shirley Sherwood O.B.E.
Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration not only represents skills and abilities, but also creativity, ideas and friendship. Even though this is a collective work, each page and image presents a unique view from the illustration community, and reveals something of the heart and mind of the artist. Illustration can take many forms; it has an ability to transform a page and can add magic to words to present what simple text might imply, but can not say.
The primary goal is to raise funds to publish the limited edition Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook. It is an art book of 76 illustrations made by 16 instructors and 60 artists from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. It celebrates the program’s 34th anniversary and its restructuring as the School of Botanical Art and Illustration. The project is loosely based on the Sketchtravel project founded in Paris in 2006 when Gerald Guerlais and Daisuke Dice Tsusfumi created a book that traveled from hand to hand among 71 artists all over the globe. Our own sketchbook project was completed in one year with participants from the Gardens’ botanical illustration community, including international artists.
An original, handmade 160-page springback bound book with 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico HP watercolor paper and protective reindeer-leather box was made for this purpose. Each of the artists had one 11”x 7.5” page to use and up to one week to complete their work. This book was never mailed, but traveled from hand to hand within the community for 365 days. Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook showcases a unique collection of talent and expertise, including natural science illustrations, artistic explorations and calligraphy with a personal touch. It includes a foreword by Dr. Shirley Sherwood O.B.E., Kew, U.K. and 76 full color illustrations, each presenting insight into the artist's way of working.
Random selection of pages from the book:
(Ann Swan) (Constance Sayas)
(Beatrice Coron) (Susan Stutzman)
(Barbara McKee) (Annie Reiser)
(Emma Felt) (Sendy Issanti)
(Judy Vanderbosch) (Cynthia Rothbard)
(Lauren Bassing) (Susan DiMarchi)
(Sarah Homfray) (Karen Cleaver)
(Veiko Kespersaks) (Karla Beatty)
Karla Beatty, Boston, MA; Beatrice Coron, NY, NY; Susan DiMarchi, , Denver, CO; Sarah Homfray, U.K; Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Lafayette, CO; Renee Jorgensen, Lakewood, CO; Ikumi Kayama, College Park, MD; Veiko Kespersaks, London, U.K.; Libby Kyer, Denver, CO; Jenny Phillips, Melbourne, Australia; Lauren Pierson, Denver, CO; Randy Raak, Golden, CO; Annie Reiser, Estes Park, CO; Susan Rubin, Denver, CO; Constance Sayas, Denver, CO; Ann Swan, Rowde, U.K. - Maria Bumgarner, Denver, CO; Lauren Bassing, Lebanon, NH; Jesse Bergeman, Denver, CO; Michele Bloom, Denver, CO; Leslie Boose, Englewood, CO; Nels Broste, Fort Collins, CO; Cindy Calkins, Aurora, CO; Karen Cleaver, Littleton, CO; Hayley Cook, Denver, CO; Rebecca Corbett, Denver, CO; Lauren Cotie, Denver, CO; Susan Curnutte, Colorado Springs, CO; Shanelle Deater, Aurora, CO; Estelle DeRidder, La Crescenta, CA; Susan Dorsey, Broomfield, CO; Emerson Easley, Saga, Japan; Teri Eichhorn, Ramona, CA; Laura Farnsworth, Denver, CO; Emma Felt, Santa Fe, NM; Meredith Feniak, Denver, CO; Carol Ferguson, Aurora, CO; Linda Forbess, Schofield, WI; Karen Genoff-Campbell, Greely, CO; Noreen Goetz, Aurora, CO; Megan Maksimovich Goodenough, Fort Collins, CO (label calligraphy); Rebecca Hall, Parker, CO; Erin Haley, Denver, CO; Jan Boyd Haring, Cascade, CO; Helen Hasting, Morrison, CO; Marj Hopkins, Colorado Springs, CO; Christina Hubbell, Colorado Springs, CO; Dawn Huston, Colorado Springs, CO; Diane Inman, Corrales, NM; Sendy Issanti, Calgary, Alberta, Canada ; Margaret Johnson, Boulder, CO; Vanessa Martin, Aurora, CO; Judy Matthews, Fort Collins, CO; Karen May, Erie, CO; Douglas McCallum, Longmont, CO; Mary McCauley, Fort Collins, CO; Elizabeth McCauley, Fort Collins, CO; Kathy McCrery, Galesburg, IL; Barbara McKee, Louisville, CO; Martha Narey, Denver, CO; Peter Orleans, Denver, CO; Carla Pawlewicz, Lakewood, CO; Alice Pearson, Greenwood Village, CO; Kirk Pfeffer, Broomfield, CO; Cynthia Rothbard, Nokomis, FL; Jaclyn Sachleben, Richmond, VA; Helen Smithwick, Colorado Springs, CO; Irma Sturgell, Centennial, CO; Susan Stutzman, Golden, CO; Lesley Switendick, Boulder, CO; Mary Tharp, Arvada, CO; Angela Tingle, Buena Vista, CO; Karen Tillou, Oregon City, OR; Judy Vanderbosch, Denver, CO; Vickey Wood, Highlands Ranch, CO; Megan Wyeth, Saint Joseph, MO; Penelope Yerigan, Littleton, CO.
The secondary goal of this Kickstarter is to receive funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.
This is an exciting annual opportunity for up to three illustrators to get involved in the daily happenings at the Gardens, each for a six-week period of time (mid-April to end of May; June to mid-July and August to mid-September). The Illustrator would document the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world; contribute with online illustrations and a blog; and participate in open studios and demonstrations for adults and children. The six-week residency provides $1500 for housing and $1000 for materials and other expenses.
Denver Botanic Gardens is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.
NOTE: The name of supporter will appear in the book acknowledgements if the contribution is $100 or more than the chosen pledge level.
Risks and challenges
The risk of not completing the publishing of this book is minimal, since the cover and contents are all accounted for and in the layout phase.
Books are mailed out the as soon as they come from the printer.
- (30 days)