This is a series of photos showing my process in creating an illustration of a bonsai tree using pen and ink on scratch board.
I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.
This is an example of a scientific botanical illustration done in pen and ink on drafting film. It represents the complete life cycle of Yucca glauca developed from several months of study. Sketches from direct observation and photo references were used to depict the different stages of growth and individual parts of the plant. I was fortunate to accidentally obtain some yucca moths which were in several of the blossoms I collected. This species of moth has evolved along with the yucca to be the only pollinator of this plant. It is one of only a few pollinators in the plant world to accomplish the fertilization process on purpose instead of as a result of collecting pollen or nectar for it’s own use.