News Stories from June 2014

Natural history illustrations of Common British Dragonflies June 27th 2014

Story posted: 27. June 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Following on from my natural science entomological illustrations of damselflies last week; this week I'll be looking at common British dragonflies.

I really learnt to love these amazing animals whilst working on a series of postage stamps for Jersey Post (see my blog on this " dream job "); and this affection continues.

Dragonflies are glorious insects, but sometimes identifying them can be tricky as their colours are highly fugitive; once the animal dies its' colours fade swiftly.  For details of all these species and their distributions, I find  British Dragonflies by…

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Natural history illustrations of Common British Damselflies June 20th 2014

Story posted: 20. June 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Entomological illustrations and natural science illustrations of Odonata are not uncommon; and over the years I've completed many.

One might think the real challenge with such a subject is the wings; but that's not the case.  A damselfly wing is not a hard thing to render, so long as you have a fine tip to your brush (I favour winsor & newton series 7 00 brushes for this work).



Large red damsefly pair mating (detail)

The hardest part of illustrating a damselfly is getting the tiny differences on the segments of the abdomen and on the thorax precisely…

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Scientific Illustration: Considering Parasites June 13th 2014

Story posted: 13. June 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Natural history illustration involves learning about the animals and plants you draw; and recently I drew a parasite.  This got me thinking about parasites in general; and how diverse a group of plants and animals practise this form of getting nutrients.

Looking through my files; I've not got tons of parasitic plants or animals illustrated which, in istelf interests me.  Why don't they get coimissioned more frequently?

I've chosen a handful of species to consider, which will give an inkling of the diversity of parasites out there.

Plants can be parasitic.  The dodder,…

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