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Botanical Illustration: Comparing Hot Press Waterc
As a botanical illustrator, having a good hot press watercolour paper to work on is really important.  Unfortunately, recently the paper I used to use, Fabriano Artistico, has had some changes to its manufacturing process and is no longer quite as wonderful as it was. I, along with lot Read More...
Natural History Illustration: Water Meadow Landsca
I was recently commissioned to complete a large natural history natural science watercolour illustration of a landscape of a water meadow habitat, complete with wildlife and botanical illustrations of the plants that grow there.   This illustration will be used on an interpretation pane Read More...
Botanical Illustration: Fungal Diseases of Wheat C
I was recently commissioned by Farmer’s Weekly Magazine to do some botanical illustrations of both Wheat (Triticum aestivum) and three common diseases of wheat crops. Common wheat plant (Triticum aestivum), free of disease. The first one is the fungus Septoria, the other two are rus Read More...
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. Read More...
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 Read More...
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. Read More...
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. Read More...
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 Read More...
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 Read More...
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 Read More...


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