News Stories from December 2015

Botanical Illustration: Step by step illustration of a Wild Strawberry

Story posted: 18. December 2015 by Lizzie Harper

One of the botanical illustrations I’ve been asked to paint as a natural history illustrator, is the Wild Strawberry Fragaria vesca .  This will be one of the plants featured on a fold-out identification chart of Edible British Plants produced by the Field Studies Council .  There's also a 2 minute Youtube film of this illustration being completed online, in time lapse.

I begin by drawing up the rough in pencil, using a mechanical pencil such as the P205 .  I draw direct onto the paper I’ll paint on, Fabriano Artistico hotpress .  There are lots of wild strawberry plants…

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Natural History Illustration: Step by step Painting of an Elder

Story posted: 4. December 2015 by Lizzie Harper

There's a really wonderful job I'm working on right now; about 20 botanical illustrations of different edible plants for a fold out chart, to be produced by the  Field Studies Council .  Other blogs on this job include the step by step of painting a dog rose, and the step by step painting of a wild strawberry plant.  This week I'm illustrating the Elder, Sambuccus nigra.

It's autumn, and although I'm fortunate enough to be able to find (slightly battered) elder leaves, and a few berries still hanging on, there's no elder blossom anywhere.  This is why I keep my sketchbooks ,…

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