Phipps - Annual Flora Project Process

Beech ink drawing
Beech ink drawing

Pencil drawing is transferred to good paper and inked with Micron pens.

Testing colors
Testing colors

A test image of the leaves is painted with watercolor.

Final painted leaves
Final painted leaves

Painted leaves on final piece.

Testing branch colors
Testing branch colors

Trying out test image of the branches and buds with watercolor

Painting leaves & branches
Painting leaves & branches

Final painting of leaves and branches plus flowers.

Branch detail
Branch detail

Detail of painted branch.

Forest painting test
Forest painting test

Trying out forest scene in grayscale. Greys are mixed primaries, not ink!

Beech final
Beech final

Final American Beech botanical portrait.

Pawpaw research
Pawpaw research

Research includes books, web, my own photos of specimens, plus testing out stippling and hatching techniques for leaves.

Pawpaw research @ Hunt
Pawpaw research @ Hunt

Notes from research at the Hunt Botanical Institute. Phipps arranges our annual visit. The library pulls relevant books on each plant.

Preliminary drawings
Preliminary drawings

Drawings from a pawpaw tree--buds and flowers.

Preliminary drawings
Preliminary drawings

Drawings from a pawpaw fruit, cut open and with seeds.

Drawing of pawpaw fruit & leaves
Drawing of pawpaw fruit & leaves

Drawing from life: fruit and leaves, plus color swatches.

Mockup of the composition
Mockup of the composition

Figuring out the composition and sizing, a composite of prior drawings.

Final hand-colored print
Final hand-colored print

Solar plate etching of my final composition, hand-colored with watercolors.

Final sepia print
Final sepia print

Solar plate etching with sepia ink.