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Behind the Scenes: The Creation of the Seaweed Collection

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Behind the Scenes: The Creation of the Seaweed Collection
The latest collection of Artworks have come to fruition from over two decades of producing intricate drawings of seaweed. In this blog, I reveal the whole process behind how I came to produce the Seaweed Collection.

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From Grisaille to Verdaille: Monochrome isn't just Black and White

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From Grisaille to Verdaille: Monochrome isn't just Black and White
Often when I am teaching workshops I advise people to give thought to the powers of using monochrome techniques in their practice. Whether that be working in a single ink colour, drawing in pencil to begin with, or viewing their subject through a black and white filter. Allowing the other colours to be taken away gives the viewer a clear and precise piece of information, particularly handy for diagrammatic purposes or identification.

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A Curious Herbal

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A Curious Herbal
Herbal illustrations, although being some of the earliest known type of Botanical illustrations, were not in print until the 15th century when the first printing presses were invented. In this blog, we explore some of the history of botanical illustration, including pioneering female botanical illustrator Elizabeth Blackwell. 

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