Having researched and considered how biodiversity affects human life, I decided to focus on the cultural and aesthetic value of biodiversity and how it continues to inspire human creative endeavour. I specifically explored the colour, texture and surface-pattern of various animals. The shape of the stamps was influenced by my research - a hexagon being a common occurrence in the natural world: think honeycomb, the plates of a turtle's shell, the Giant's Causeway etc. The splashes of paint are a reminder of elementary human creativity and offer a vehicle in which to display magnificent examples of the creative diversity of nature.
The trace of mankind in rural environments
Investigation into the lighting and colour of anime background painting and the line quality, composition and viewpoint angles of admired illustrators led to an integrated visual ideology to inform and enrich my illustrative style: A hybrid solution of digital colouring and hand-drawn line, with distinct focus on enhancing production quality through intuitive and innovative self-developed working methods.
A watercolour illustration of the lateral and dissected lateral cross-section view of a Green bell pepper, Capsicum annuum L. 'Diamond'. A combination of watercolour based mediums were used including watercolour paint, watercolour pencils and concentrated watercolour inks on 14in x 10in 300gsm Langton hot pressed watercolour paper.
Watercolour illustrations of Macrodontia cervicornis (Linnaeus, 1758) of South America and Euchroea clementi (Kunckel D'Herculais, 1887) of Madagascar. A combination of watercolour based mediums were used including watercolour paint, watercolour pencils and concentrated watercolour inks on A4 250gsm Bristol board.
M. cervicornis specimen viewed for reference, courtesy of Bristol Museum.
Pen & Ink stipple illustrations of both the dorsal and ventral view of Nauphoeta cinerea (Lobster cockroach AKA Cinereous cockroach AKA Speckled feeder cockroach). The originals (left) were stippled by hand with a 0.05mm Staedtler pigment liner on A4 250gsm Bristol board. The morphology was labelled (right) upon a scan of the originals and printed at A3 at 300dpi (3508x4961 px).
3.8cm squares, each of a section of one of four different insects. I only completed these small parts as I was merely testing a media choice and setting a quality level. They were digitized, reduced in size and placed over black and white photographs of their respective specimens (right) and printed at A3 at 300dpi (3508x4961 px). The originals (left) were painted using watercolour paints and watercolour pencils on A4 250gsm Bristol board.
The two butterflies are African Charaxes, C. eudoxus and C. numenes. The two beetles are the Royal goliath beetle, Goliathus regius of Western equatorial Africa and the Atlas beetle, Chalcosoma atlas of Southeast Asia.
Illustrations of the lateral and dissected lateral cross-section view of a Onion, Allium cepa (Linnaeus, 1753), a Carrot, Daucus carota L. subsp. sativus and a Beetroot, Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris var. rubra. Self-developed pseudo-etching technique with watercolour wash on A3 190gsm Saunders Waterford hot pressed watercolour paper.
Allium cepa L.
Daucus carota L. subsp. sativus
Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris var. rubra
An editorial illustration (without strap line) to a fictitious brief, communicating the effect of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) on pre-washed and packaged salad. Accompanying an insightful article entitled "What's that in your bag of salad, and how did it get there". Watercolour and graphite pencil on 190gsm Saunders Waterford hot pressed watercolour paper.
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