News Stories from July 2016

Natural History illustration: Primary school drawing workshop

Story posted: 29. July 2016 by Lizzie Harper

As well as being a natural history illustrator and botanical artist, I’m also a parent and sometimes get asked to go into our local Hay-on-Wye Primary School and draw with the children.  Recently I go to help year 1 (5 – 6year olds) draw “mini-beasts”.



I’ve got a whole lot of insect specimens that I’ve gathered over the years, including loads encased in Perspex.  These are brilliant for kids as they can examine them closely, but do no damage.



I’m happy for them to use other specimens too – there’s nothing like drawing from life to ignite a child’s…

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Natural History Landscape Illustration: Malham Cove

Story posted: 8. July 2016 by Lizzie Harper

A natural history illustration job I've been working on recently is two large landscapes for the North Yorkshire Dales National Park. These are to go on a desk in their visitor centre in Malham .  Each landscape focuses on bird species found in two different habitats; one of the landscapes is a view from the desk, into their wildlife garden.  The other is a view of Malham Cove.

Although I am able to paint landscapes it's not something I ever feel confident or complacent about, and illustrating the dramatic cliffs at Malham were no exception.

The first step was to get a…

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