Anonymous said: Hi Lauren, your illustrations are so lovely! I am going to school with a major in scientific illustration and was hoping to ask you some questions. I've been enjoying using watercolor and was wondering what texture of watercolor paper would be best for detailed drawings? What textured paper did you use, especially for the goldfinches? And do you scan your works before putting them up online?
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Thanks! I like the cold press best for real detailed stuff (rough texture). Anything hot press (smooth texture) is going to make the paint slide around a lot more. It’s a preference thing but I just think it’s easier to control the paint on cold press and therefore easier to get more detail.
Hot press is great for things like leaves and flowers because the paint glides well and spreads nicely.
For the goldfinches however, I believe I used Hot Press. It works if you know how to control the paint. Cold Press just makes life a little easier. But I suppose some artists wouldn’t like the aesthetic of the rough texture.
I try to scan them all but I don’t own a scanner, so sometimes a picture will suffice.
Some design work of mine:
6 of the 12 canvases commissioned by Pica9 for their new office space.
Quick photo of the bird I had been working on for my Songbird drawing class. Hope to get a scan soon.
White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
The last piece I posted has officially been accepted into Art. Science. Gallery’s “Year of the Salamander” Exhibition! Running May 24 - June 21 in Austin, TX.
Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma Opacum) Life Cycle
Cow Jaw Bone + Hazelnut studies.
Pen & Ink
Pheasant feather study, graphite
Fabriano Artistico Hot Press vs. Vellum Trace
First stage of bird illustration.