News Stories from July 2014

Scientific Illustrator out & about: Pembrokeshire coast animals 18th July 2014

Story posted: 18. July 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Last week I discussed some of the flower and plant treats available to a botanical illustrator on a weekend trip to Pembrokeshire

This week it’s the turn of the animals.



Bosherston beach, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

The first treat, on a sandy path facing the sun, were Green tiger beetles (Cicindela campestris) .  I love these fierce animals; each scuttling at high speed, hunting like the ferocious predators they are, patrolling their stretch of bare earth.



Green tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris)

I was blown away by a beetle I’ve not really…

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Scientific Illustrator out & about: Pembrokeshire coast plants 11th July 2014

Story posted: 11. July 2014 by Lizzie Harper

Natural history illustrators get to go on holiday too, and often this is where they find their inspiration.  It's certainly true for me, who was treated to a glorious weekend of walking along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, on the SW coast of Wales, recently.

We walked, in the sun and breeze, from Manorbier to Barafundle beach.  This stretch is not only gorgeous, taking in empty golden beaches and vertiginous cliffs; but also varied.  One half sees the coastal path weaving over sandstone and dunes; the second half it meanders amongst the limestome clifftops.  Thus, there are…

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Botanical Illustration: Step by Step Painting a rose July 4th 2014

Story posted: 3. July 2014 by Lizzie Harper

I'm loving the series of 50 natural history illustrations (done in a sketchbook style) that are needed for the follow up to The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar .  The book's to be called "The Cultivated Forager", and will tell you what and how to eat common plants you may find in your garden.

This week I painted a gorgeous rose (we're unsure of the type of rose; if anyone DOES know, please let me know!).  I was rather up against the clock as the rose was looking a little tired on delivery, and they have a deadly habit of unfurling all their petals then shedding them before…

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