Holy shit! We met our minimum AND our first stretch goal, which means all the artists will be PAID $5 per page! 

All the perks with commissioned artwork by me are sold out (holy wow), but if you’ve got more money than sense, you can still donate $750 and get a guided birdwalk with me in a Seattle Park! (You can also donate any amount above $1 and get your name on the thank you page, and the knowledge that you helped this amazing book happen!)

There are eighteen days left and I’m excited to make this anthology as rad as it can possibly be, so please donate and share widely! THANK YOU!

The cat’s out of the bag! Here’s the giant secret project I’ve been sitting on: several fellow artists from my scientific illustration program and I are doing a Kickstarter campaign to help get a NATURAL SCIENCE THEMED COMIC BOOK off the ground. As the title implies, this book is going to be awesome, so please stop by and pitch in if you can! The perks include commissioned artwork by me and other artists!


Banana slug, some imagination required.

BTW, I’m now a member of thewayweseenature! We have weekly themes and I’ll try my best to get something out every week. Here’s my attempt at this week’s theme, banana slugs. 


Banana slug, some imagination required.

BTW, I’m now a member of thewayweseenature! We have weekly themes and I’ll try my best to get something out every week. Here’s my attempt at this week’s theme, banana slugs. 

amongflora-and-fauna said: Your illustration work is beautiful! Just wanted to acknowledge your efforts and express my inspiration :)

Thank you! <#

Here are the rest of my finals from botanical illustration. From left to right, they are Albuca longipes (watercolor),a cluster of as-yet-unidentified mushrooms (Micron pens), and purple columbine (watercolor and graphite pencil). The albuca and the mushrooms are not 100% done but I like the way they’re looking at this stage.

mariden said: can you tell me what that plant you thought you're crazy for drawing is? i have the same one (and recently it started sprouting... tentacles apparently, its pretty awesome) buuut I've no clue what's its name. do you?

Man I used to know, I got it from a cool plant store that sells all kinds of succulents and air plants an I’m sure they told me when I bought it, but I have forgotten. Let me know if you figure it out! I’ve been referring to it as my dinosaur plant because it looks like something out of the Cretaceous. It’s such a bizarre little weirdo, I love it.

Oh my dear patient followers. I have been up to my eyeballs in finals for about a month (don’t give me that look, one of them at least was a REALLY big deal). Here is a multi-part reward for being so wonderful and still following me even though I’m neglectful: the step-by-step process of this botanical plate, which was one of my finals for my botanical illustration class. The captions describe what step is shown in each photo, but for those of you on mobile (which I don’t think shows captions), here it is in list form. <3

  1. Finished pen and ink white pine cone with all my other specimens, when they were still fresh, laid out on the page so I could start thinking about how I wanted to arrange them. I could not have done this step if I hadn’t decided to draw everything at actual size.
  2. My larch sprig with cone and illustration.
  3. The lacebark pine cone, sweet gum seed ball, and dawn redwood cone and my sketches of them. 
  4. The coast redwood frond and cone, with illustration. 
  5. The next two photos show the step where I trace the value study illustration using a blue-leaded pencil. In the next step (not pictured, sorry), I use this tracing and a piece of transfer paper to transfer the drawing onto the plate. I used blue lead in the last step so that, when I trace over it to make the transfer with a regular graphite pencil, I can easily see which parts I’ve already done.
  6. All my blue tracings, arranged (and rearranged, again and again) on the plate, trying to find the right spot for them.
  7. The very final final!

So much more to come! I’ll try and spread it out so as not to overwhelm any innocent feeds.


Goodbye, 2B pencil, you served me well.

Goodbye, 2B pencil, you served me well.

Progress on my cicada! I thought this would be a good stage to break down because the piece goes through such a wild transformation. At this stage I am building up the black of the cicada’s exoskeleton, and I was always taught, no matter what medium I’m working in, never to go straight for the black paint or pencil or whatever. Out-of-the-box-black tends to be a very flat color and you can add a lot of depth by blending your own. In this particular case I kind of compromised. I’m using prismacolor pencils.

  1. With the highlights and reflections already laid in in white pencil, at this stage I use indanthrone blue for the very darkest areas. Indanthrone is an intense color: on its own it’s almost black; combined with other darks it makes a nice rich black; but if you let it mix with white pencil it will become the craziest, brightest blue that cannot be erased.
  2. Laying cadmium orange hue over the blue! At this stage I got really nervous because seriously look at that crap, it looks like I ruined it. But orange and blue are color complements so with a bit more fudging they should make the color I’m going for…
  3. That photo doesn’t really show it, but the blue and orange made a color a little closer to green than I wanted, so I added sepia, a slightly reddish brown (red to counteract the green, color complements again).
  4. And then finally plain old black over the whole thing. It was time-consuming but the end result is SO much richer and more complex than just what a black pencil by itself could accomplish.

Thanks for watching!

#illustration #pinecone  (at Fuel Coffee)

#illustration #pinecone (at Fuel Coffee)

It’s done! Next step: colored pencil on drafting film over the top.

Cicada progress.