Scientific Botanical illustration 2006-2010

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  • A small selection of botanical line drawings made for the National Botanic Garden of Belgium with pen and ink; published in various books, papers and online.
    All images © National Botanic Garden of Belgium
     
     
     
  • Different morphological variations between species needed to be made clear as an aid to the identification, study and classification of the plants.  
     
     
     
  • Technical accuracy is essential in scientific botanical illustrations and details critical for differentiating species have to be displayed correctly. I usually work with fragile and delicate herbarium collections of dried and pressed plants, and sometimes reconstruction is required as specimens are often broken and/or incomplete. Therefore, once a pencil drawing is done, it is checked by the botanist for content and accuracy before the final rendering in ink can begin.
     
  • I like to use Rotring rapidograph pens (from 0.1 to 0.5) for rendering the drawing. The precise, sharp-edged lines are just what I need to make clear what the botanist wants to communicate. With a minimum of stippling form is suggested in naturalistic gradations of tone.
     
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  • For dissecting and drawing small structures I use a binocular microscope with drawing tube.
     
     
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    All images © National Botanic Garden of Belgium