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… Read More

Boreal Chickadee in the studio

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.

Ready, set, colour…

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

Boreal Chickadee Illustration

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

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… Read More

House Finch Illustration – June 29, 2015

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