News Stories from March 2015

Natural History Illustration: Using Negative Space in Botanical Illustration

Story posted: 27. March 2015 by Lizzie Harper

Natural history illustration, Sciart, and botanical illustration require the illustrator to draw accurately and with confidence.

One of the many tools I use almost daily is the idea of negative space.

The easiest way to think of negative space is as the space between and around objects; the triangles between spokes of a bike wheel, the ovals in the handles of scissors, the shapes made by overlapping leaves.   Here’s a demo I did for a botanical illustration workshop recently.



Negative space demo

I first learned about negative space from my mother, a fine…

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Natural History Illustrator Out & About: Birds on the run

Story posted: 20. March 2015 by Lizzie Harper

Although I spend much of my time doing natural history illustration, botanical drawing, science art, and natural science illustration I also do my best to try and keep fit.

This is made a great deal easier thanks to the beautiful town where I live, Hay on Wye in the Welsh borders.

One of my favourite jogs is down to the warren ; a shingly beach on the banks of the river Wye, and back up through town.  Invariably, I see a wide array of animals, but this week the bird count was absurdly high!

So, jogging across the common grazing land I spotted a buzzard overhead,…

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Natural History and Botanical Illustration: Creating a Butterfly Bouquet Watercolour

Story posted: 6. March 2015 by Lizzie Harper

Often I'm asked to combine botanical art with scientific illustration, but rarely as tightly as in a recent insect meets flower art commission.

The client sent over a rough visual, and asked me to combine features of a butterfly with a Victorian style bouquet.  Species and details were up to me.

Well, first thing was to choose the butterfly.  The client is American, so I decided to stick to common species from the USA.  Although the iconic Monarch butterfly worked well, I wanted a species with some blue on the lower wings as I knew I would be including purpley blues in the…

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