News Stories from March 2016

Natural History and Natural Science Illustration: Step by Step Ladybird Watercolour

Story posted: 17. March 2016 by Lizzie Harper

I was recently commissioned to do an entomological illustration of the Seven-spotted ladybird  Coccinella septempunctata for a birthday gift.

As always, the first step is to assemble your reference.  I use as wide of a range of reference as I can; this decreases the chance of "copying" mistakes, and helps show the main features to highlight.  With the ladybird, I've recently done a whole project illustrating different British species of ladybird, so had plenty of reference (and my own existing illustrations!) to work with.

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Natural History Illustration: Drawing is Vital

Story posted: 4. March 2016 by Lizzie Harper

It might seem self-evident that being a natural history and botanical illustrator involves a lot of drawing, but I don’t think the importance of this can be stressed too much.

A lot of my work involves creating detailed illustrations of plants and animals, carefully done and accurately noted.  This is part of the job, but without basic drawing skills I wouldn’t be able to begin these botanical and anatomical illustrations.

Illustration of Lilac Syringa vulgaris from The Garden Forager by Adele Nozedar

One of the main drawing skills is being able to record…

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