Tarja Barton Illustrator

Sketching at the Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratory, Toronto, ON

This past Saturday, June 11, 2016, I had an amazing opportunity to visit the Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratory at the University of Toronto. As a member of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators (SONSI), I was able to spend the afternoon sketching and photographing their zoological specimens. Their collection includes bones and skulls, dissected wet specimens as well as taxidermy mounts.

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Boreal Chickadee in the studio

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Work is coming along pretty well. Today I have been working on the branch using watercolours. Actual size of the illustration is 17 inches wide by 11.25 inches high.

Boreal Chickadee in progress

As I work on the feathers, I am already thinking ahead about how I will illustrate the branch.Boreal_Chickadee-May10-web

Ready, set, colour…

The tedious process of illustrating feathers has begun. I’m using .2 mm embossing stylus along with Faber-Castell Colour Pencils.colour-pencils-IMG_1007-web

Boreal Chikadee Illustration

The Boreal Chikadee Poecile hudsonica is an extremely rare visitor to Niagara Region. I’ve chosen to illustrate this particular bird for its beautiful colouring. This illustration will be mixed media using graphite, watercolours and Faber-Castell polychromos colour pencils. The size of the illustration will be w: 17 inches by h: 11.25 inches. The hope is that I will be including it in the SONSI 2016 Exhibit held at the Grimsby Gallery. The show opens September 17 and runs until November 6.

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Boreal Chickadee Illustration

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Another bird illustration in the beginning stages. Rough sketches first and then I’ll transfer to watercolour paper and begin illustration, most likely with watercolour and coloured pencils.

House Finch Illustration – June 29, 2015

House Finch Illustration. Watercolor and Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils. ©2015 Tarja K. Kuronen.HouseFinch_Jun29_fb

House Finch ‘Carpodacus mexicanus’ illustration – work in progress

Work continues on the House Finch illustration this week. So far, I have painted in the background and also the main colour areas for the bird itself. Some detail was added with watercolour round brush No. 3 and 5, and I then started adding more detail with Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils. I love when the illustration begins to stand out and appear more three dimensional.

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House Finch Illustration – work in progress

This week at Inkberry Studio, I’m learning about Niagara Birds, specifically about the House Finch ‘Carpodacus mexicanus’. The House Finch is native to the west, but in the 1940s pet dealers in New York imported these birds to sell them as “Hollywood finches”. Eventually the pet dealers were forced to release the birds in order to avoid charges by the authorities. Since then, they have spread over much of the east. Work in progress watercolour and Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencil illustration, ©2014 Tarja K. Kuronen.

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‘Cyanistes caeruleus’, Blue Tit Illustration, March 16, 2014

Earlier illustration which I completed in March 2014. Mixed media water-colour and colour pencil illustration of a Blue Tit. Museum quality giglée prints are available for purchase at Etsy.comBlueTit_InProgres_Mar15

Northern Cardinal Illustration

Another illustration completed for the bird series. ‘Cardinalis cardinalis’ Northern Cardinal, female. Mixed media watercolor and Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencil on Arches Hot Pressed 140 lb. water-color block.Cardinal_Scan_Oct27F_fb

InkberryStudio etsy.com shop is open!

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This week at Inkberry Studio – Giclee prints are now available for purchase through www.etsy.com at my ‘InkberryStudio’ Shop! I will be adding more artwork as they become available.

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