Natural History Illustrator: A Week’s work May 16th 2014

Story posted: Friday, 16. May 2014 by Lizzie Harper

This week was a mix, and wonderful in being quite relaxed.  It gave me the chance to stare out of the window at the sparrows, and go for a walk in the local bluebell wood as well as to get some work done.

Lizzie Harper ornithological illustration of a tree sparrow

First, I had a day-long workshop to plan for 16 eleven year olds at Weobley High school . They’ll be drawing skulls and bones, then shells, then insects; before designing their own “ideal” skeleton.  We’ll talk about extinction, the differenced between internal and external skeletons; and the pros and cons of each before deciding whose creations will survive…or become extinct.

More botanical illustration work for “The Cultivated Forager” by Adele Nozedar entailed a barberry and a jasmine study.

Lizzie Harper botanical illustration sketchbook illlustration of barberry

Lizzie Harper botanical illustration sketchbook illlustration of jasmine

The final species list for a new book I’m working on came through from Bloomsbury Publishing; it’s really exciting as the illustrations are to be done in pencil.  I completed three illustrations in pencil.

My online image bank proved its’ worth yet again with RSPB re-using my illustration of a common lizard on an identification game.

Lizie Harper natural history illustration of a common lizard

Next week will include illustrating bamboo shoots, pencil drawings of the twin-flower and meadow-waxcap; and I hope to get a sketchbook study of the sea-holly (whose root is edible) completed.

For this week, though, it was a perfect mix of enough work, but also enough time to enjoy the spring view from my studio window.

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