Natural History Illustration in Pen & Ink

Published by Crowood Press.  Publication August 23rd 2021.

Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink

" This beautiful book combines the author's extensive ecological knowledge with art, and her passion for drawing with ink.  It is packed with clear instruction and inspirational illustrations, and will be treasured by artists, illustrators, scientists and ecologists alike"

The Crowood Press - 2021

This book combines science and art and takes you on a journey through the natural discoveries that Sarah has experienced from childhood through to her adult life working as an educator, ecologist , artist and now author.  These discoveries have inspired her to create a range of illustrations covering many aspects of the natural world in pen and ink, often combining this with other media.

This unique book provides:


Practical advice on using a range of materials and equipment for illustrating in pen and ink, as well as the collection and preservation of subject matter and reference material.

Detailed instruction in how to create essential mark-making techniques that will enhance your illustrations through accurate depiction of shape, form, texture and pattern, and in the principles and elements of design.

Subject-themed chapters including botanical subjects, strandline and marine specimens, fossils, invertebrates, birds, feathers and nests, and mammals.

Additional chapters on:  the importance of sketchbooks and study pages, protection and presentation of artwork, combining pen and ink with other media and composition.

Step-by-step exercises suitable for all skill levels, and case studies describing working practice as a professional illustrator.

Additional examples of natural history illustration in pen and ink by other artists ~ Paschalis Dougalis, Lara Call Gastinger, Jennifer Hunt, Richard Lewington, Lisa Mason, Libby May, Carim Nahaboo, Adrienne Roberts, Elizabeth Romanini, Guillermo García-Saúco, Lucy T Smith, Ann Tromans, Claire Ward, Sharon Williamson, Dawn Wright.

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Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink
Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink