The Jakarta Post
The award is open to the public, including artist, but Ichsan said those who are not an actual botanists should have a knowledge of plant identification. (Shutterstock/File)
Ichsan Suwandi, a lecturer at the Bandung Institute of Technology's School of Life Sciences and Technology, was included in the list of 30 best botanical illustrators in the world.
"I'm the only nominee from Indonesia," Ichsan, who illustrated a mengkudu (Morinda citrifolia) plant, told tempo.co on Wednesday.
Initiated by the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, the annual award focuses exclusively on contemporary scientific botanical illustration.
As part of the recognition, Ichsan's illustration was displayed alongside the other 29 best works at the Maiden Theater in Sydney between April 21 and May 6.
Held for the 15th year, the award gave the first and second winners cash prizes of AU$5,000 (US$3,724) and $2,000, respectively. The first winner was Natanael Nascimento, a scientific illustrator from Brazil.
The award is open to the public, including artist, but Ichsan said those who are not botanists should have knowledge about plants and how to identify them.
"Botanist illustrator is a rare [profession]; there are only a small number in the world," said Ichsan, who has been dedicated to the subject for 10 years.
He said that botanical illustration is not only about drawing, but also functions to identify the plants.
"If photography focuses on visual objects, illustration highlights the details to make the drawings exactly like the original."
A botanist illustrator usually draws a real plant, instead of copying from a picture of a plant, using either a pen or pencil. (kes)
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