On my work table, 03.16.2018

This week I finished a few more illustrations for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.  First are monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and their host plant milkweed; in this case it is narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias fasciculatus).

MonarchAndMilkweed_2018Mar15

The next is Nipomo lupine (Lupinus nipomensis), which is federally listed as endangered and is endemic to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.  LCSLO has been working to save this lupine, monitoring extant populations and improving habitat so that they can thrive.

NipomoLupine_2018Mar15

An important method of improving habitat for Nipomo lupine is by reducing competition from perennial veldtgrass (Erharta calycina), an introduced species:

PerennialVeldtgrass_2018Mar10

On my work table, 03.08.2018

The interpretive panel illustrations I am working on for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County include a long horizontal panel showing the four habitat types in Black Lake Canyon Preserve.  I’ve completed the draft of the first habitat, Coast Live Oak Woodland.  Here’s a preview of the woodland landscape and species, with just a little more cleanup and rearranging to do before the labels and interpretive text are added.

OakWoodlandDraft3_sm2

And here’s a little of the process; these are the two sketches I used to develop the scene.

coastliveoakwoodland2_sm

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