I’ve finished the background paintings for the habitats interpretive panel for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County to be placed in Black Lake Canyon Preserve and they’re off to be scanned. Here are some progress shots.
Transferring the sketches to watercolor paper and enlarging:
Just after applying the first background layer and removing the masking fluid:
Filling in details:
One more detail:
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).
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.
An important method of improving habitat for Nipomo lupine is by reducing competition from perennial veldtgrass (Erharta calycina), an introduced species:
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.
And here’s a little of the process; these are the two sketches I used to develop the scene.