Category Archives: Wildlife Illustration

Wildlife Illustration – Tawny Frogmouth 1

This was my first attempt in recent years at Fauna Illustration – a Tawny Frogmouth illustration using rotring pens and lots and lot and lots of dots! The basic technique involves using dots to create the image – the closer the dots the deeper the tone. I would like to try the Tawny Frogmouth illustrations with some light watercolour as well.

Copyright – Lynette Weir
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Wildlife Illustration – New Zealand Falcon 1

The New Zealand Falcon Falco novaeseelandiaeor – Karearea (Moari name) – is an endangered bird species that is only found in New Zealand.

This is my first attempt at an illustrative approach to drawing birds using Rotring pen. It is on hot-pressed watercolour paper – still deciding whether to add watercolour…

Just a tip about Rotring pens – I was given a lovely set of them but they were not working – after hours with hot water and then methylated spirits was unsuccessful , the tutor mentioned cleaning off mistakes from the drafting film that she uses with ‘windex’ – I thought what have I got to lose. Soaked the nibs overnight in some windex and they are all now working perfectly!

I have had an interesting dilemma with this particular image from my website/Studio Diary. It seems to have gone a bit viral with some very odd people using it as their logos – have managed to get some removed – not really sure why this particular image is the one they have gravitated to.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

Wildlife Illustration – New Zealand Falcon 2

Another small wildlife (fauna) illustration of the New Zealand Falcon.

This is another ‘head-shot’. Beautiful birds – we saw them up close at Wingspan outside Rotorua in New Zealand.

This was a commission piece.

And in a simple dark brown timber frame with double paper coloured mountboard.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

Wildlife Illustration – Cassowary

This Cassowary drawing is one I completed as part of my HSC Art Major Works – a long time ago…..

I used the fine rotring pen that I have resurrected for my recent illustration course work and used watercolour pencils for the colouring.

Cassowary are huge scary birds – they have large, dangerous toed feet and that bony ‘headpiece’ can do serious damage to unwary intruders.

That being said one of my most favourite children’s books is The Cassowary’s Egg written and illustrated with totally engaging and wonderful illustrations by Gary Fleming.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

Wildlife Illustration – Kookaburra

I have just finished this drawing of a Kookaburra.

Again it is drawn using light washed of watercolour and many dots made with a fine nib rotring pen.

I liked his windswept head feathers and that look of determination in his eye.

Anyone who has watched kookaburras hunt have seen that look!

Copyright – Lynette Weir