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ILLUSTRATION

BORNEO SKETCHBOOK

Recent work. Black and white pen drawings from a field trip to Borneo

BOTANICAL

Botanical illustration. The combination of science and art expressed as accurate representation of plants

NATURAL HISTORY

Birds and bears, shells and butterflies, moths and Algae

 

RITA PARKINSON

I am an Australian illustrator from Melbourne. Australia. Originally from the UK, I studied at St Martins College of Art in London and Art History at the Courthauld Institute. London University. My subjects are usually from the the natural world. They could be botanical or from a wider natural history perspective. The essential qualities of this kind of work is a fusion of the scientific approach with detailed accuracy and a love of detail. All combined with design skills to present complex subjects in the best way.

Drawing is a favorite technique. Sometimes this is an end in itself but other times just the starting point, developing further  into full colour paintings.   

Publications
 
THE BOTANICAL PRESS

coming soon

A sketch book of drawings in black and white recording a field trip to Borneo

 THE BORNEO SKETCHBOOK  

THE BOTANICAL ART FILES SERIES

BOOK1

 The first book in the series tackles the tricky problems of composition, It essentially looks at the basic principles of design in an easy comprehensible way, focusing on aspects that involve botanical art.

BOOK 2

Mastering composition is a companion book to our first book on composition. But this time we take a practical approach through enjoyable projects to help you achieve better design outcomes.

BOOK 3.

this book explores various narrative approaches in an exploration of sources, subjects and styles for botanical artists from traditional and contemporary sources

A series of 3 books designed to help you with the perennial problems of composition. They can supplement your hard won technical skills. They are practical guides that can elevate these important skills to take your work to the next level.

E-STORE
 

THE BORNEO SKETCHBOOK

AVAILABLE AS ART PRINTS

Black and white drawings from the sketchbook. Images from this amazing environment, one of the richest and most diverse on the planet.                             

CARGO SERIES

AVAILABLE AS ART PRINTS OR ON CANVAS.

A series of works based on an idea of finding a cargo of previously unknown Chinese blue and white ware with  Australian botanical themes.

                                                                                                  

 

CONTACT

RITA PARKINSON

Illustration. Botanical and Natural History

MELBOURNE. AUSTRALIA

03 9394 8520

email: illustrita1@gmail.com

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Galah by Rita Parkinson. Painting

Galah. Pink and grey cockatoo. Eolophus roseicapilla

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