News Stories from April 2014

Botanical Illustration: Botanical terms for fruit types April 25th 2014

Story posted: 25. April 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Botanical and scientific illustration requires a certain amount of biological knowledge, and this is certainly true when it comes to painting botanical diagrams.  I recently did some illustrations for Rodale's 21st Century Herbal by Michael Balick , and one of these was a diagramatic comparison of fruit types.

This got me thinking about how little I knew about the differences in fruit types, so I thought if I did a blog on the subject I'd be able to learn a bit more, and share what I find out.

I'm going to use the glossary from Flora of the British Isles by…

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Natural History Illustration: Evolution of a lansdscape painting April 18th 2014

Story posted: 18. April 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Natural history illustration incorporates a wide range of sientific illustraion and general illustration techniques.  I realised about ten years ago that a desirable type of of natural science illustration was one that incorporated numerous species of plant and animal into a landscape, as in this wetland landscape done for Natural England.

Recently I've been commissioned by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to create a lanscape of one of their reserves, Hartslock.  Hartslock reserve has a glorious hill in it which is blousy with seven…

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Natural History Illustrator Out and About: Inspirations: The Wildlife Trusts UK April 11th 2014

Story posted: 11. April 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Much of my work as a scientific illustrator and botanical artist comes from a wonderful network of wildlife charities which encompass the entire UK, the Isle of Man, and Alderney.  They are the Wildlife Trusts ; and they are an inspiration.

Pentrospha Mire illustration, a reserve run by Radnorshire Wildlife trust (RWT)

There are 47 of these trusts; each operating independently and having a deep-rooted comprehension of both the wildlife and social needs of the immediate area they cover.  Set up (mostly) in the 1960s, they are united under the umbrella organisation…

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Natural Science Illustration: A gallery of beetles April 4th 2014

Story posted: 4. April 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Scientific illustrators and natural history illustrators tend to have many passions for their subject matter, and we also tend to have "favourites."  Without a shadow of a doubt, one of my very favourite subjects to illustrate is insects, and especially the beetles or Coleoptera.

Chrysochroa buqueti rugicollis

I'm not quite sure where my passion for beetles sprung from.  I adore their divers ity of shape , and the incredible way they've evolved to adapt to almost every different habitat under the sun. I love how peculiar some of their adaptations seem, such as…

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Category: Showcase of themed natural history illustrations    Comments: 1    Viewed: 8401