NatureArt Lab


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Capture the essence of birds in your digital bird illustrations! Join professional Belgian scientific illustrator Joris De Raedt for a once-only learning opportunity during his visit to Australia.

About our tutor:

Joris De Raedt is a scientific illustrator and graphic designer from Belgium visualising the wonders of the natural world. "Translating my fascination with nature into aesthetic and functional content has always been my greatest passion. As a true believer in visual communication I aim to connect people with our precious fauna and flora. Growing up in a family where exploring nature and observing wildlife was always the focal point of every holiday. I have been sketching nature as long as I can remember."

During his Masters studies in graphic design he developed his own digital drawing technique. Although working with a graphic tablet, his style pays homage to naturalists of the 19th century. Joris graduated with magna cum laude (high distinction) at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He now works full-time for magazines, books, museums and nature reserves. In 2017 Joris published his first book together with Roots-Author Paul Böhre: RAPTORS and OWLS of Northwest Europe.

About the workshop: 

Joris will take you through the process of creating a scientific illustration, including a presentation on his professional practice. The workshop will cover all of the essentials of observing birds in the field from the equipment needed, to developing behavioural sketches for use in the studio.  You will be able to join a field trip to Jerrabomberra Wetlands to practice these skills using your own bird-watching equipment and learning about nature journaling techniques. Joris will be teaching field sketching techniques including the use of graphite drawing and watercolour painting to create lifelike reference sketches.  Once back in the studio you will learn how to use these observations and sketches to create your own digital bird identification illustrations. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Techniques for observing and sketching birds in the field
  • Steps to making a scientifically accurate bird illustration
  • Nature journaling techniques using graphite and watercolour
  • Digital illustration techniques using the latest technology and applications

Suggested Field Equipment: 

  • Bird-watching equipment including binoculars
  • Spotting scope with tripod (desirable)
  • Foldable chair
  • Sketchbook and drawing/painting materials (details to be sent out to students)

Suggested Digital Illustration Equipment: 

  • Laptop
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wacom Tablet
  • iPad with Procreate (optional alternative)

Class size is limited to 10 students. Suitable for beginners through to intermediate students; some drawing experience would be an advantage. A materials list will be available after bookings are received. Students are requested to bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks for the workshop duration.

Note: Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply throughout the workshop.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday 18 - 19 July 2020

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm (both days), including a field trip to Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

Joris De RaedtEuropean Wren by Joris De Raedt

Dotterel by Joris De RaedtWhistling Duck by Joris De Raedt

Joris De Raedt