Here is the first video in my 2020 tulip phase. I go through one of these every year. Unfortunately this year my tulip craving will be hard to feed. The much anticipated crops of 'Black Parrot', 'Burgundy' and 'Apricot Beauty' I planted in my garden were all eaten by something unknown and mysterious, while West… Continue reading Anatomy of a tulip – Video
By now you have probably noticed that I am obsessed with the rose 'Souvenir du Docteur Jamain'. I wrote a masterclass for Artists & Illustrators magazine, which is published in the forthcoming issue. I also filmed the whole process, from the drawing stage to the tone study and painting the colours wet-in-wet. I broke it… Continue reading New video tutorial: watercolour dark rose + magazine article
There is something quite magical and romantic about a dip pen with a beautifully marbled handle and a gorgeous nib. The feel you have as you dip the pen and make a mark on the paper with the liquid ink cannot be matched by a felt tip pen. For this ginkgo leaf I have chosen… Continue reading Ginkgo leaf part 2: Ink
I have been painting a lot of Ginkgo biloba leaves, some from my own tree in the garden, others from the beautiful pair of trees outside the orangery in West Dean Gardens. There is something fascinating about a prehistoric tree. You can just imagine it surrounded by Diplodocus and Stegosaurus in the fading Jurassic light,… Continue reading Ginkgo leaf part 1: drawing
The Artists & Illustrators Magazine May issue is out! I have another article in there, and this time it's not about botanical art: it's called "The Ethical Artist" and it's about looking at where our art materials come from and what they are made off. I did quite a bit of research and got in… Continue reading The Ethical Artist – New article in Artists & Illustrators Magazine
If like me you do a lot of erasing before you can be happy with a drawing, then drawing straight on watercolour paper is not really an option. Because botanical painting is cut to white, any trace of erasing, smudging, or marking on the paper will stand out and completely ruin the feeling of freshness… Continue reading How to transfer a drawing
This question comes from Bing Aling on my YouTube channel and is about erasing, an all important part of drawing: Which is the best rubber to use? I have several rubbers for different purposes, but the one thing they have in common is that none of them are made of rubber. A rubber rubber can… Continue reading Which is the best eraser?