Natural History Illustrator: A Week’s work
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 natural history in the garden. I went for a walk in the local bluebell wood. There was still time to get some work done.
I have a natural history workshop to plan for 16 eleven year olds at Weobley High school . They’ll be drawing skulls and bones, then shells, then insects. Finally, they’ll design their own “ideal” skeleton. We’ll talk about extinction, differences between internal and external skeletons; and the pros and cons of each. The last activity will be a survival showdown. The children will whose creations will survive…or become extinct.
The final species list for a new book I’m working on has come through from Bloomsbury Publishing; it’s really exciting as the illustrations are to be done in pencil. It’s about the scientific names of animals, The working title is “The Naming of the Shrew” by John Wright. I manage to complete three illustrations for this project. (see my blog for more on this project).
Next week will include illustrating bamboo shoots, doing pencil drawings of the twin-flower and meadow-waxcap; and a sketchbook study of the sea-holly (whose root is edible).
For this week, though, it was a perfect mix. Enough work, and plenty of time to enjoy the spring view from my studio window.