News Stories from November 2015

Botanical illustration of the Exploding Cucumber, Sketchbook style

Story posted: 27. November 2015 by Lizzie Harper

As a freelance natural history illustrator, I love the random nature of my commissions, and a recent request for some botanical sketchbook-style illustrations of the exploding cucumber Cyclanthera explodens was no exception.

The request comes from a client working in the world of botanical cocktail research, so I was intrigued before I’d lifted a pencil.

I had never heard of this plant before, and as I researched it online I became more and more intrigued.  Just have a look at this youtube clip of the seed dehiscence to see why!

First up was to gather botanical…

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Natural History Illustration: Step by step Painting of a Dog Rose

Story posted: 17. November 2015 by Lizzie Harper

I’m currently working on a series of botanical illustrations and natural history drawings for Field Studies Counci l, who will use them on identification charts.  One of the charts details edible British plants, and includes the Dog rose, Rosa canina.

The first step is to draw up a pencil rough.  I use a mechanical pencil, such as the Pentel P205 , and draw directly onto watercolour paper.  I use Fabriano Artistico hot press paper , which has a high cotton content, and a very crisp and smooth working surface.

It’s always easiest to work from live specimens as you…

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Natural History Illustration: Step by step Painting a Parrot

Story posted: 13. November 2015 by Lizzie Harper

As a natural history illustrator, I get asked to do botanical illustration, entomological illustration and recently, to complete an ornithological illustration of the Yellow Headed Amazon Parrot Amazona ochrocephala oratri for a friend, who has one as a pet.

The first step is always the same, get the reference ready.  In this case my cleint wanted a quick turnaround, but had helpfully supplied me with photos of the parrot.  I went online and collected extra illustrations to be sure the details of the bird were clear, and consistent for the species (for more on painting…

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