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Step by step Botanical illustration of the Greater
One of the botanical illustrations I was recently commissioned to complete for the Field Studies Council is the Greater willowher, Epilobium hirstutum. This will feature with 30 or so other of my common British wild flowers illustrations in an upcoming leaflet on Wayside wild flowers.
Botanical Illustration: Comparing Hot Press Waterc
As some of you may know, there’s been a bit of a panic in the Botanical illustration community recently. This is because the firm favourite hot press watercolour paper of many illustrators, Fabriano Classico (and Fabriano Artistico) has altered its manufacturing process. This has resu
Botanical Illustration of Red Clover- step by step
This botanical illustration of Red clover Trifolium pratense was completed recently for the Field Studies Council who are producing a leaflet on identifying plants and wild flowers of the wayside and hedgerows. First step with any sciart botanical illustration is to get good reference.
Botanical Illustration: Telling Gorse species apar
Whilst working for The Field Studies Council on charts of Heathland and Wayside plants, I needed to illustrate the three species of Gorse (Ulex) found in Britain. Gorse is a shrubby, spiny family of plants in the pea family with spiny green prickles or spines and bright yellow flowers.
Botanical Illustration step by step: Painting Heat
One of the plants I completed a botanical illustration of recently is the Bell heather, Erica cinerea; it'll be used on a leafelt on Heathland plants produced by the Field Studies Council, and is one of several British heather species (see my blog for more) on the chart. Although both l
Teaching Botanical Illustration at Cambridge Unive
This week I had the good fortune to be asked to teach a course of botanical illustration for beginners, at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I was so impressed by the classroom preparation and friendly welcome from the staff – a spotless room, daylight lighting, neat desks with
Botanical Illustration: Comparing Three Heather Sp
Whilst undertaking botanical illustrations for The Field Studies Council, I was asked to illustrate three different species of heather for a leaflet on heathland plants. Illustration of Common heather or Ling in prgress; you can see the plant, The Collins Flower Guide, Garrard and St
Beautiful Bryophytes: Botanical illustrations of m
I've been working on lots of botanical illustrations for the Field Studies Council recently, and a lot of the plants on the list of heathland species are bryophytes, beautiful mosses. I'm lucky enough to have had an enourmous amount of help assembling species to work with (see my blog)
Starting out as an illustrator: Advice and resourc
As a practicing natural history and botanical illustrator, I sometimes get asked to give advice to those starting out as illustrators, or considering this as a career path. This happened recently, when I went and spoke to a group of illustration students at Hereford College of Art and
Natural History Illustration of a new Damselfly sp
One of the more exciting recent natural history illustration commissions I’ve had is to complete a Sciart watercolour of a newly discovered species of damselfly. The insect in question is the Sarep sprite, Pseudoagrion sarepi. As with all damselflies, it lives in and near fresh water
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