2009, Graphite and Photoshop
This scientific illustration depicts a female specimen of the Cape May Warbler for identification purposes.
This small passerine species is better known by their male counterpart’s striking striped design. The illustration shows the lesser described female specimen of the warbler for a digital field guide.
Female warblers are less colorful and more challenging to identify. Some identifying marks are olive grey head and back and pale yellow sides of neck, throat and breast.
Why Scientific Illustration?
When illustrating birds, I always make sure to get the overall shape and beak characteristics correct first. I usually go on birding trips for native birds to study them in life and see how they carry their bodies and interact with one another. Each species seem to have their own “personal poses”! It is amazing to find so much variation in color and plumage even in the same species, so I average out the characteristics to prepare the final plate.
Exhibits, Uses, Collection
2010 GNSI Juried Exhibit
8.5 x 11 Archival Quality Prints available. $35 print only; $75 matted print