I N V E R T E B R A T E 

 

A R T W O R K  &  I L L U S T R A T I O N

 

Main inspiration and reference points include observation of live and dead specimens, involving close analysis of the anatomical structure to understand and capture the mechanics of the exoskeleton as well as the sometimes surprising beauty of each subject.

It is also through study of the lives of these creatures which leads to such ongoing fascination; from the way they move, hunt and feed, to their lifecycles and their relationship with man. The folklore, superstition, religious beliefs and darker connotations linked to the insect world also play a large role in the finished work, with the more imaginative work created with these tangible foundations in mind.

Close observation provides a constant source of discovery as there is always something new to see and understand in the insect world. Invertebrates are a fundamental aspect of the way we live and an infinitely diverse group of animals which we depend on as a species. Through this artwork and illustration, the aim is to reveal a fraction of the diversity and highlight the aesthetic qualities of species which are too often overlooked or feared. 

Batocera wallacei
Batocera wallacei

A4 sized, ink and coloured pencil

Calodema ribbei
Calodema ribbei

ink and coloured pencil on hot pressed watercolour paper

Actias artemis Japanese Moon Moth
Actias artemis Japanese Moon Moth

ink, coloured pencil and acrylic, 10x8 inches

Insect Compilation print
Insect Compilation print
Carabus intricatus A5
Carabus intricatus A5
British Hawkmoths
British Hawkmoths

available as an A3 print - every species shown at lifesize scale

British Insect species compilation
British Insect species compilation

Available as an A3 sized print - All species shown at lifesize scale

Chrysis ignita
Chrysis ignita

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Xylocopa caerulea
Xylocopa caerulea

ink and coloured pencil A4 sized prints available

Exaerete smaragdina
Exaerete smaragdina

Cuckoo Orchid Bee, drawn from a specimen at the NHM London, dorsal, lateral and head-on views with collection data labels.

Lithinus rufopenicillatus
Lithinus rufopenicillatus

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Eucera longicornis
Eucera longicornis

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Psorophora ferox
Psorophora ferox

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Boothia torreyi
Boothia torreyi

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Aphid
Aphid

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available

Lucanus cervus
Lucanus cervus

A4 size, pigment liner ink & coloured pencil, Limited edition prints available