Tarja Barton Illustrator

Begonia Rough Sketch

Earlier yesterday, I had stopped at the local garden center to pick up some salad and pickled beets, when I noticed this Begonia by the cash register. I couldn’t resist, I knew I had to draw it! So home it came and today I spent part of the afternoon drawing it. Line drawing is done with 2H pencil, lettering with Tombow Dual Brush black marker.

Now that I have a line drawing, I can use it to transfer the drawing to other surfaces like vellum or watercolour paper. Haven’t decided yet.

Begonia Illustration WIP


Garlic Illustration

It’s another rainy day at the latter part of April that couldn’t turn in to snow, or could it? Good grief, I hope not! While stuck in the house, I had a sudden urge to illustrate. After picking out a few items, outside (in the rain) and inside, I decided to try to illustrate a garlic. Surprisingly, I have not tried to draw one before. The drawing itself is done with 2H and 4B pencil, while the lettering is done using ‘Tombow’ Black Dual Brush pen. Illustrating is a great way to learn about the object itself and in this case the latin names.


Echinacea purpurea – Eastern Purple Coneflower


This illustration was created using just a little watercolor to determine shadows and highlights and Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils for all detail work. All that needs to be done now is to create museum quality giclee prints and delivery to the exhibit location in Ancaster, Ontario.

Echinacea purpurea Botanical Illustration – The Beginning

Finally decided on the type of plant I wanted to illustrate for the exhibit at The Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre in Ancaster, Ontario. Pencil drawing of the Echinacea purpurea is done and transferred to watercolor paper. My studio is organized and ready for some serious painting! The exhibit will be open to visitors during weekends between September 5 and November 1, 2015. If you’re in the area, come and visit the exhibit to view beautiful illustrations created by members of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group. Exhibit is at The Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre, located in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. http://www.giantsrib.ca/discovery-centres/

Water Lily Illustration

This past summer I strolled through Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. I shot some nice photos of many of the flowers that were blooming, this watercolour painting is based on one of those photos. ©2014 Tarja K. Kuronen.

WaterLily Watercolour Illustration

Botanical Illustration for a wedding invitation nears completion.

This week at Inkberry Studio – finalizing botanical illustration and graphic design for a wedding invitation. Picking seeds/plants for a flower reference garden and wishing for sunny weather!



Tarja Barton is a graphic designer and illustrator who works traditionally with acrylics, watercolour, pen and ink as well as graphite. She also creates digital art using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Her subject matter includes still life, portraits and botanical illustrations.

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