So- in my last post, I mentioned that I would post the finished coloured pencil rendering of my puriri moth life cycle- so as promised- here it is, including all the individual illustrations!
All illustrations in coloured pencil (prismacolour and FC polychromos) and then lifecycle compiled digitally in photoshop 🙂
Man did that thing take a long time to do!
The next stage is to create background images for the poster I want to make! Probably watercolour and coloured pencil renderings…
And some weekend reading for you….
This fantastic article – ‘Why botanical illustration still matters in the digital age’ by Susanna Speier. A very interesting topic- its not unusual for people to ask WHY draw something when you can just take a photo of it- this essay gives some interesting points to consider.
Now- I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this illustrator before, but Dave Gunson is one of my favourite natural history illustrators of all time! If you are looking for inspiration- check out his website here, and also this fantastic interview by Kathy Temean’s blog for writing and illustrating for children. He also has a book about his wildlife art; Dave Gunsons’ New Zealand Wildlife <– check it out if you can!
Lastly- this lovely video chat between Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen from the Guardian, discussing the making of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’– a nice insight into the making of a book from the point of view of an illustrator and an author!
Have a great weekend!
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