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    About

    ornithological illustration of Bullfinch completed, alongside bullfinch specimens and paintbox
    Lizzie harper botanical illustrator and natural history illustrator

    “ I love my job. I love being surrounded by gorgeous countryside and wild flowers. Each day brings a new species to draw and learn about ”

    Lizzie Harper

    Lizzie Harper is a free-lance natural history and botanical illustrator with a keen love of nature.

    Her scientific training as a zoologist helps complement her illustrations.

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    She works in watercolour, pencil, and pen.  With over 25 years experience as a free-lance illustrator, she has a broad range of clients.

    Clients

    Publishers, environmental charities, postage stamp designers, packaging firms, design companies, and private individuals have all commissioned her illustrations.

     

    “ Lizzie was great to work with! She was enthusiastic and efficient with excellent attention to detail. ”

    Fabulous Magazine

     

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    Recent books illustrated include “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, “The Hidden Universe” by Alex Antonelli, and “30 Animals that made us Smarter” by Patrick Ayree.

    Her tree illustrations feature in “The Treeline” by Ben Rawlence and “The Living Wisdom of Trees” by Fred Hageneder

    She’s illustrated The Hedgerow Handbook,  The Garden Forager, The Tree Forager, and Foraging with Kids by Adele Nozedar.

    Her work is in HarperCollins Flower Guide by Streeter, and The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss.

    Her illustrations appear in National geographic and BBC Countryfile Magazine.

    Lizzie’s work pops up on information boards and nature reserves around the country.

    For more information on her work, visit her

    Job Showcase

    “ I've used Lizzie's wildlife illustrations in my work for many years. The quality of her illustrations is always superb. ”

    Anglezarke Dixon Associates

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    New step by step blog out, on illustrating a variegated geranium leaf

    Https://lizzieharper.co.uk/2023/11/geranium-variegated-leaf-step-by-step/

    Have a look if you fancy trying to capture those very different colours, all appearing on one leaf.

    #variegation #step-by-step #geranium #leaf #pelargonium #painting leaves #botanicalillustration #sciart #gardening #flowerart #botanicalart #painted by hand #watercolour
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    Work in progress. An Alder Alnus glutinosa sprig showing fresh leaves and residual cones from last year.

    Part of a current commission of botanical illustrations of autumnal fruit, nut, cone and berry species.

    #wip #workinprogress
    #botanialillustration #botanicalart #alder #alnus #cones
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    This is a recent illustration of the Common European frog, Rana temporaria

    The colour varies a lot between individuals, from yellows to browns to greener shades.

    The dark patch behind the eyes and striped leg markings are a good identifying feature, but (as the name suggests) the majority of UK frogs are this species.

    Frogspawn is laid between December and April (depending on the weather) and a female can lay up to 4000 eggs each season.

    Illustrations of amphibians are tricky as my usual technique of layering tiny brush strokes to build up depth and texture doesn`t work on smooth amphibian skin, so it`s always an excellent challenge.

    #frog #commonfrog #rana #ranatemporia #naturalhistoryillustration #sciart
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    Apple blossom season. I`m meant to be drawing up 15 plants found in the Caribbean, but the apple blossom distracts me every year.

    And every year I don`t quite manage to catch its fresh colour and delicate structure.

    Anyone else have one plant that you HAVE to stop and draw every year, when it blooms?

    #spring #springtime #blossom #appleblossom #malusdomesticus #botanialillustration #botanicalart #apple
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    Exhibitions

    Original framed watercolour for sale

    Lizzie has recently shown in Exhibitions at the following venues:

    Herford Art Week 2019

    Association of British Botanical Artists show 2018

    Shepherd’s Parlour, Hay on Wye 2018

    Booth’s Bookshop, Hay on Wye 2018

    Hereford Art Week  2017

    Obsidian Gallery, Oxfordshire 2017

    Hunt Institute of Botanical Studies, Pittsburgh 2015

    Copyright Spot Farms 2018
    View of a head water stream with dipper, wagtail, waterfall and damselflies then view of a river with a heron fishing from a shingle bank, sand marten flying low, and dragonfly and beetles at home amongst driftwood; the river meanders on to a wetland meadow delta with grazing herds and established aquatic plant communities flanking the river waters, animals include red underwing moth, warbler, common frog, wild flowers, and dragonfly species,
    River landscape natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper
    Wetland landscape with curlew and pearl bordered fritillary in the foreground on emergent vegetation, behind a flooded area of meadow tails into distant hills, cows and swans graze fields and yellow flag, blackberry and alder fill the foreground.
    Wetland landscape natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

    Teaching Workshops

    Chrysanthemum flower Pom-pom, a single flower with golden petal colour.

    For details of upcoming courses read more...

    “ Lizzie was a wonderful tutor. Dynamic, encouraging, and friendly. ”

    Student from Cambridge University Botanical Gardens course

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Questions about inspiration, how Lizzie started out, and illustrations vs photographs often come up.

    Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (and answers)

     

    Lizzie loves nothing more than spending a day immersed in the beautiful landscape round her home in Wales; where she investigates slugs and mosses, and does sketchbook studies of the wild flowers she finds.

    She works from her garden studio in Hay on Wye where she lives very happily with a long-suffering husband and two lively children.

    Lizzie Harper