8 - 9 June 2024, Illustrating Rays in Acrylics with Dr Lindsay Marshall
Learn about the art and science of rays with marine biologist and illustrator Dr Lindsay Marshall.
- Dates: Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 June 2024
- Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
- Address: Queensland Museum, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane, Queensland
About the Workshop:
Join me as I take you through the process that I used to create the accurate natural history images for the Rays of the World book. We will be observing real specimens of stingrays from the local market and learning about stingray taxonomy, including how to identify a specimen using a taxonomic key. We will be observing, drawing and transferring to final watercolour paper. Next we will learn how to use masking fluid to recreate natural skin patterns on our base layer, before working on the upper layers and final detail of the ray in acrylic paint. The final outcome will be an accurate and detailed natural history drawing of a stingray.
Workshop Learning Outcomes:
- Learn about stingray taxonomy and how to identify a sting ray using identification guides and taxonomic keys
- Create an accurate sketch of a stingray from observation of a subject
- Use masking fluid to create realistic and taxonomically accurate skin patterns as their base layer
- Use acrylic paints and medium to create upper layers and detail to represent the morphological elements of the stingray (such as mucous layers, thorns, tail spines)
- Create an A4 (210 × 297mm) picture of a stingray in natural history illustration style
About the Tutor:
Dr. Lindsay Marshall, a distinguished fisheries biologist and natural history artist, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the workshop. With a PhD focused on shark fin morphology and a lifetime achievement award from the Australian Society for Fish Biology, Dr. Marshall is not only a seasoned scientist but also the first person in the last century to illustrate an entire vertebrate group.
From painting every living species of shark and ray for the Tree of Life Project to having a hornshark named after her, Dr. Marshall's dedication to fish taxonomy and species identification is unparalleled. She currently works from her studio in Peregian Beach, Queensland, striving to inspire awe for the natural world through her art.
NatureArt Lab Awards
- 2022, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Promoting Sustainability, ACT
- 2024, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Building Communities, ACT
Image: Dr Lindsay Marshall