Digital botanical illustration allows a fascinating close-up view of the plant world and, while scientifically based, it is also full of beauty for all to enjoy. Developed from the long tradition of botanical art, from the early herbals, through lithographs and engravings, to the meticulously hand-painted watercolours of today, this new digital work aims to combine the best of the old with the demands and technologies of the new. The background to this work was an award in 2003, from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which part-funded a project to investigate digital techniques for botanical illustration. The first illustrations of this type were created in November 2003.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust



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Most composites have been produced in collaboration with botanist Peter Barnes
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