News Stories from July 2015

Natural History & Botanical Illustration: Sketchbooks

Story posted: 31. July 2015 by Lizzie Harper

As a natural history & botanical illustrator, sketchbooks are a vital part of both the drawing and the learning process for me.  Being asked to consider my relationship with them recently by Illustrator Magazine has made me pause; it’s not something I’ve thought about closely before, but has made me realise these tools are even more important to me than I previously realised.

Much of this blog formed the base of the article soon to appear in Illustrator magazine.



Pencil sketchbook notes on lichen species studied at a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust event

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Natural History Illustration at Art in Action

Story posted: 24. July 2015 by Lizzie Harper

I was honoured and delighted to be asked to join the Calligraphers and Illustrators this year at Art in Action , at Waterperry Gardens near Oxford.  This meant having the chance to sell my natural history art, botanical illustrations, and cards to all the thousands of visitors who attend this amazing annual event.  I also got to demonstrate how I work, and talk to anyone who wants to ask about what I do, how, and why.



Setting out painitngs on the kitchen floor

First thing to establish was which paintings to take and where to place them.  This required a lot of…

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Botanical Illustration: Working from Photo reference

Story posted: 10. July 2015 by Lizzie Harper

As a natural history illustrator, you often get asked to complete botanical illustrations of plants which aren’t in season, or bloom.  This is where sketchbooks, filled with notes and annotated details prove invaluable.  But what if you’re asked to illustrate a botanical subject you’ve not got notes on, and which you can’t get hold of?

The first thing is to ensure you can’t get your hands on a specimen.  It is so much easier to draw plants from life than from photos; you can rotate them, dissect them out, magnify them.  You can beg, borrow and steal plants; often gardeners are…

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Scientific Illustator Out and About: Biolblitz at Llanbwchllyn Lake

Story posted: 3. July 2015 by Lizzie Harper

As a botanical artist and natural history illustrator, it's inevitable that I'm passionate about wildlife.  Wildlife which isn't far from home is especially appealing, so when my local Wildlife Trust , RWT offered a "Focus on Nature Bioblitz at Llanbwychllyn Lake" I had to go along.

"Bioblitz" is a relatively new term, and means that experts and amateurs go to one site and look all over it, listing every single species of plant and animal that they encounter.  It's not only a good way of getting a snapshot of the wildlife communities in a place, but is also very exciting…

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