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Botanical terms for fruit types

Botanical and scientific illustration requires biological knowledge, and this is certainly true when it comes to painting botanical diagrams.  I recently did some illustrations for Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal by Michael Balick.  One of these was a diagram of fruit types.   Sources of information on Fruit type This got me thinking about how little I knew […] Read more

Natural History Illustration: Lansdscape

Natural History illustration needs landscape painting skills Natural history illustration incorporates a wide range of techniques.  I realised about ten years ago that a desirable type of of natural science illustration was one that incorporated numerous species of plant and animal into one landscape.  This wetland landscape done for Natural England is an example. Working on […] Read more

Natural Science Illustration: Beetles

Natural history illustrators have passions for their subject matter, and we also tend to have “favourites.”  Without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favourite subjects to illustrate is insects.  I’m especially fond the beetles (Coleoptera). A Passion for Beetles Chrysochroa buqueti rugicollis I’m not sure where my passion for beetles sprung from.  I […] Read more

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