Beatrix Potter is Nora’s favorite natural science illustrator. Through careful field sketching, live observation and the use of early photography, she created compositions both realistic and fanciful. She was an incredibly hard working illustrator, churning through pages of sketches and paintings during her lifetime; what we see in her books is only the tip of the iceberg. This workshop explores Potter’s background, techniques (a combination of lightly layered watercolor and pen and ink) and subject matter. By learning from and imitating her work, we will learn directly from Potter. We will then apply what we have learned to creating illustrations of our own.
Nora Sherwood has a professional certificate in natural science illustration from the University of Washington and is a working artist on the Oregon coast. Her science illustration work is guided by Baba Dioum's famous quote, "In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we have been taught." In addition to commissioned work for museums, interpretive signage, commercial products and scientific journals, Nora shows work in galleries around the Pacific Northwest and teaches workshops.
• A basic set of watercolors and brushes (include some small, round brushes such as a DaVinci Cosmotop spin round #3).
• Palette and water buckets
• Pencils and sketch book
• India ink pens such as Sakura Pigma microns in size 05 (a little thicker line) and 01 (thinner)