Another botanical illustration – this time of a waratah – Telopia speciosissima.
Anyone who reads my Studio Diary knows this is just one of my all time favourite wildflowers.
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.
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.
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.
I love the teal green patch on it’s wing – gives it quite a splash of panash!!
This drawing/illustration of a Pacific Wood Duck.
The drawing is done with a fine rotring 0.5 pen with a light underlay of watercolour to pick up some of the colour of the duck.
This took about a week to complete. and is for my dad for his birthday.
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!