Portrait birthday cards for my grandchildren
NewcastleX: NHI101x Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101
This introductory course in Natural History Illustration is offered by the University of Newcastle. It is an online, six week course, focusing on botanical illustration and animal study and anatomy.
The course is available for a very low price (around $50 Australian) if you desire a certificate on completion, or is offered free if you just wish to participate in the assignments and take part in the online forums. Either way, it is very worthwhile.
I enjoyed the exercises and the positive feedback provided by the other students. It is a very friendly and supportive community and I learned new and valuable skills. The time passed so quickly and I would like to explore this field further.
I saw the rock (top left) at Surf Beach on Phillip Island and I would just clarify that I observed the rock and photographed it. Of course I did not remove it from the beach. The colours were stunning and it caught my eye – it was exposed on the shore line at low tide. I may attempt painting it in colour some time.
I chose this gorgeous little numbat for my final piece. Photographic reference was kindly provided by Western Australian wildlife photographer, Rob McLean.
This beautiful little banksia was growing very unassumingly in the Coles Supermarket Car Park in Cowes. I parked right alongside it – the leaves were touching my driver’s window. The banksia was in several stages of growth, from the unformed, smooth young cones depicted at left in the above illustration, to budding cones and to the mature cones depicted on the right.
Public latrines at Ostia Antica which took hours to find – but I was on a mission; a pilgrimage, after seeing them on Mary Beard’s program on Ancient Rome.
Jan Lowe is a very talented local artist who conducted our Scratchboard workshop. Here is a link to her website: https://www.janlowefineart.com/
My son gifted me this little 100mm x 100mm drawing pad made from elephant dung which he picked up in Thailand whilst on holiday. I have finally made use of it and will do a series of drawings and hopefully my creativity will improve, using this lovely material. I am already inspired, so here are some of my first attempts.
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