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Nature Illustration

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Nature Illustration
Nora Sherwood
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10:00am - 4:00pm
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

Get comfortable drawing small organic objects—pine cones, a bone, feathers, insects, leaves and flowers—borrowing techniques from the world of natural science illustration. Science illustrations are both accurate and visually engaging, are a wonderful means of sharing information about our beautiful world, and help inspire people toward greater responsibility and stewardship. We’ll collect simple subjects from the environs (or bring something from home that you love) and carefully render them in a scientifically accurate and lifelike manner, emphasizing shape, dimensions and anatomical structures. We will work on accurate line drawings, shaded for three-dimensional modeling, and get a the start on the use of color. 

About the Instructor(s)

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 scientific journals, Nora shows work in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, and teaches workshops.

Materials List: Students Bring


Sketchbook: 8x10 or 9x12 (Any high-quality blank sketchbook will do)

Watercolors: This is a list of some good, basic colors to have if you’re starting from scratch, but don’t go nuts! I can share dabs of watercolor paints with you!

Phthalo bue

Cadmium Red

Alizarin crimson

New gamboge

Hansa yellow

Sap green

Ram umber

Burnt umber

Raw Sienna

Burnt sienna

Neutral tint

Paint Palette and cups for water(it’s good to have two cups, one for mixing and one for cleaning brushes)

Colored Pencil set of 12 (24 would be better): (Nora uses mostly Prismacolor, but Blick or other high-quality pencil should be fine.)•   **Whatever you do, don’t bring student-grade colored pencils - waaaay too much wax and too little pigment for this kind of work! Resulting in frustration...***

Pencil set for graphite studies (whatever pencils you like to use for sketching- I typically have 3 pencils on hand when I’m sketching- F, 2B and 4B is a useful set)

Paint Brushes 2 or more: I exclusively use use round brushes, ranging in size from 4 to 00. Everybody has their favorite type of brush, and mine is the DaVinci Cosmotop spin… I love them and a bonus that they are vegan! Bring what you have, and buy a few new ones if yours are old and crusty.

Tracing Paper (we will only need a small amount, if you have it already bring it or purchase a small pad), best brand is Canson if you’re buying it. I’ll bring a pad as well.

Eraser, pencil sharpener, tortillion or stump if like using them

Magnifying glass

Clear plastic ruler

Specimens or insects that you have found that might be used as a subject. (No living insects please!)•

Art board (masonite or gator board, to tilt work surface, approximately 12"x15")

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

Insect and nature specimens

Bristol board

hot-press Fabriano 300 lb. watercolor paper.

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