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Lessons in Botanial Illustration by Allison-beriyani Lessons in Botanial Illustration by Allison-beriyani
1. It's amazingly easy to maim yourself or others with art supplies. I'm amazed there aren't more murder mysteries featuring them. Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong part of the library.

2.Actually, it's not really the English botanist's fault. English in general is a crime against linguistics.

3. The glorious wonder before you is the Split-primary color diagram. All primary colors are tinted with one of the other primaries, so you need to include some of them every time you mix a color. It also makes mixing secondary and tertiary colors much, much easier.

4. There is a certain color of purple which is in nearly everything. Faber-castel used to make that purple in a color pencil, but decided to discontinue it for some idiotic reason. When Mervi heard of this, she came down on Faber-castel like a Valkyrie, and got them to not only sell her the entire world supply of them at cost, but to make future runs of the pencil for the program when that runs out. She's also gotten Strathmore by the balls to give us free paper and is working on Kol-i-noor to fix the damn pens.

5. As people age, they start loosing the "Blue" cones in their eyes, and the world starts to look more orange, hence the term "Golden Years". Additonally, whie starts to look yellow, so when old ladies go to get thier hair done, they don't like the yellow they see in the mirror and demand it be dyed white. since it's already white, the stylist's only option is to dye it blue until it appears white again.
Most shadows have a blue tint to them, because blue light has the strongest wavelength and reflects back into shaded areas.
Finally, if you want to make a "Smooth gradation of blue, you have to add exponentially more pigment for every step you want it darker. This is somewhat true of other colors, but it's most pronounced in blue.

6. Actually, I learned this freshman year of college, but I'm on an even more extreme version of the diet now. It's working out well, BTW.

7. "I prefer to draw flowers instead of people, because they're cheaper and hold still."- Georgia O'Keefe.

She lied.
Plants wilt, tropate (follow the light), sway with random air currents, absorb whatever you're popping them up with, and sometimes grow straight out the window in the time it takes to draw them. And depending on the plant, a model might be cheaper.

8. I might have strange taste in music. One of my favorite albums is Back Tuva Future, featuring Mongolian artist Kongar Ol Ondar. This is Him on David Letterman a few years ago: [link] . I can't do the throat singing, but I tend to mumble along if I'm not paying attention.
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Nocmin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat facts!

And funny guide. :D
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! and be very careful around your art supplies!
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Guild404 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The Roman army sword was called a spatha or spathe, a short stabby sword useful for legion-style fighting but rather useless in solo combat - which they didn't go in for anyway. (That was a Greek thing.)

So spathe meant sword. Our bizarre language picked it up to mean a particular shape reminiscent of that legionarry sword: fatter and kinda rounded on one end, tapering to a sharp point at the other, and the modern word we use is "Spade." Yes, the ones on playing cards (that suit used to be called swords, in fact), and the useful garden implement. Go stare at one, imagine it's made of taffy, and mentally pull on both ends. See how it would stretch into a short sword, of the type called "leaf-shaped"?

Average the sword and the spade in your mind, and you'll get an idea of what kinds of things "spathe" is usually applied to in botany. It's a shape, not a biological function.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So a spathe is any external feature of a plant that's long, and pointed at one end.
Because that helps narrow down the field of possible things this could be...
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Crescent-S-Moon Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its okay. I sing along with the throat singers. its just so catchy!
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you actually learned to throat-sing?
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Crescent-S-Moon Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No. But its still awesome. i can make the weird "grudge"noise in the back of my throat but thats as close as I come
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Some of my paints say don't use if preggers.
2. It is funny what is called a spathe. I even looked it up in a dictionary and came no closer to an explanation. Colour me stumped. However spathe comes from the latin meaning sword, so there is that.
3. I need to read up more on the split-primary wheel.
4. Sounds typical of what you have been telling me about the art supply industry.
5. Not my precious precious blues!
6. My diet consists of chocolate and take out but I drink large quantities of green tea so I am getting something right.
7. I love the use of the word athletic. They can be fantastically mobile!
8. Hilarious. That would be disconcerting. Heard of throat singing and always wanted to try it.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. A real paint warning would go along the lines of: "WARNING! THIS CAUSES ALL KINDS OF CANCER. DON'T TOUCH IT. DON'T USE IT, DON'T BREATHE OR STAND NEAR IT. WHY ARE YOU EVEN HOLDING THIS? WHAT ARE YOU, AN IDIOT? PUT IT DOWN!"
2. Really? Why was I not informed of this linguistic pillaging?
3. "Yellow and Blue Don't make Green" by Michael Wilcox. [link] He's kind of an asshole IRL, but he really knows his shit about color.
5. I'm sorry. Keep eating carrots and your vitamins A and C and you'll keep your blue a lot longer.
6. Chocolate is a health food. It's a MENTAL health food.
7. I had a philodendron grow twelve feet and open up a locked window between classes (about a week). It's a freaking Olympian.
8. I can't actually throat sing, but I can mumble off-key!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1.That sort of thing dissuades people from buying the product strangely enough. And do you want the terrorists to win?
2. Sorry, mustn't have been in the memo.
3. I want that book. I can't find it to buy in NZ. I can get it out of the library though.
5. You think so? *sniff
6. More of an excuse! Drinks for everybody!
7. Them! I'm not too surprised except for the opening a window thing, that's just awesome.
8. Everyone has to start someplace.
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