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

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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.

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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.

Pigeon Sketch for WordPress

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.

Boreal Chikadee

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.

Echinacea purpurea – Eastern Purple Coneflower

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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/

Watercolour/Mixed Media Workshop – Antique Cutlery and Cranberries

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Final painting completed today! Mostly painted in watercolour with some detail and highlights in Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

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This past December, I became a member of the Pelham Art Association. They offer a variety of workshops and collaboration for local artists and its a great way to be inspired by your fellow artists. For the last few weeks, we have been working on the above watercolour painting of a set of tarnished cutlery. We are painting on Fabriano+Artistico 300 lb watercolour sheet and experimenting with different watercolour techniques to illustrate the textures in metals, fabric, glass and wood.

Welcome!

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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