Category Archives: Botanical Illustration

Botanical illustration – Banksia serrata 1

My work with illustration – Botanical and Fauna Illustration uses a very fine Rotring pen and ink.

The drawing should be botanically correct which is a challenge in itself – preferably working from real specimens.

The image is made by slowly building up the surface image  is made up of a series of very small dots and lines using a very fine nibbed rotring pen.

This was the final set drawing for the short botanical illustration course. It is Banksia serrata – Saw banksia – or ‘Old Man Banksia’.

The challenge now is to try a variety of subjects in this illustrative style and improve my skill in this area.


Copyright – Lynette Weir

Botanical Illustration – Banksia serrata 2

This illustration/drawing of a Banksia serrata is probably about half way through but I am pleased with the way it is coming along. I have a couple more drawings sitting back in various states but none ready to ink.

The image below is the partially completed, it is a slow process but I quite like the slowness and being particular savouring each little section of the plant and ‘dotting’ it in on the paper.

And the final result.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

Botanical Illustration – Moreton Bay Fig

I did a short course on Botanical Illustration at the local adult community education.

I love going and doing short course – gets the brain working again!

Although I draw all my designs most of which are botanical and I see my linocuts as botanical linocuts, I have never done any formal training in botanical illustration. So I am doing a short 4 week course….here is my first botanical illustration.

It is a Moreton Bay Fig – one of my all time most favourite trees – we have one in the reserve nearby our house.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

Botanical Illustration – Waratah 2 – with colour

In this particular illustration of a Waratah – Telopia speciosissima – I have used a very light wash of watercolour and use fine dots (many many fine dots) with a Rotring pen to build up the image.

For those that may be interested in papers I have used an antique white rag based acid free watercolour paper. I like this paper with its slightly rough texture – it is cold pressed watercolour paper and so has a ‘bite’ on its surface. The hot pressed papers I mainly use for the linocuts has a smooth surface.

Copyright – Lynette Weir


Love these birds!

The first image shows the early stages of the Tawny Frogmouth Glare.

After drawing it up lightly on watercolour paper I added some light underwashes of colour with watercolour.

I have then been slowly working using a rotring pen with black ink with tiny (and sometimes what seems endless!) dots to create the detail…it’s getting there…slowly…

Below is the completed illustration/drawing.

Copyright – Lynette Weir