News Stories from January 2016

The Ups and Downs of an Illustration Career: A defiantly optimistic blog

Story posted: 29. January 2016 by Lizzie Harper

I am, and have been, a free-lance natural history and botanical illustrator for about 20 years now; and it is by no means an easy career path to plough.  However, in today’s blog I’m going to explain some of the drawbacks, then show why being an overworked and underpaid illustrator is, in truth, a worthy and a wonderful way of life.

Generally I avoid airing my personal concerns and politics, so today’s blog will feel rather different from my normal ones, and will be a one-off.  I also want to stress that all opinions are my own, and founded on personal experience rather than…

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Natural History Garden Illustrations for National Geographic books

Story posted: 22. January 2016 by Lizzie Harper

I was recently excited to get a commission in from National Geographic Books in the US.  They needed a series of full-colour garden plans; showing plants, and possible planting schemes for wildlife gardens.  They will be used in a book promoting wildlife gardening, “Birds, Bees, & Butterflies”.

One plan would show a garden designed to encourage birds, one designed to tempt bees, and the third aimed to be a haven for butterflies.  Not only did each garden have about 8 plants to include, but each one needed to include some symbol or prop to show what animals were being lured…

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Natural History Illustration of the Goshawk

Story posted: 8. January 2016 by Lizzie Harper

After a lot of recent botanical illustration, it was a treat to be commissioned to do an ornithological natural history illustration of the Goshawk Accipiter gentilis for a private client.

The Goshawk is a gorgeous bird of prey, and has long been used in falconry.  They’re really hard to spot, and are fearsome predators. (A recent and beautiful book on the Goshawk is well worth a read;   H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald)  Therefore, getting good reference for them is very tricky.  Luckily I had permission from some top ornithology photographers to use their photos for…

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