Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Natural Historie Notebook: Drawings

Today you can take the "field journal" reference quite literally! I am pleased to present pages fallen from the loose binding of a naturalist's sketchbook. Well, not exactly. But, in a manner of speaking I really did "collect" all these little renderings - these ink and watercolor drawings have been scanned (finally!) from the pages of my personal sketchbook. They're compiled in this fashion for inspiration's sake I suppose. Kind of a drawing board to figure out the style and direction I want to take the dormant Etsy shop in. Perhaps there will be more "Natural Historie Notebook" entries to come as I muse over font decisions and other creative choices. Do you ever find it just helps to start putting things down on paper (or onto a Photoshop canvas as the case may be)? I suppose mulling too much over creative options is just what slows me down; sometimes it's best to put analysis aside and just let ideas flow. But I ramble, and I'm keeping you from the imaginary travels you're about to embark on...

105 comments:

Caitlin said...

these are so beautiful! you are so talented!

Casey said...

How gorgeous!!! I just love the colors and details...

cookiefleur said...

so very pretty! you're a great artist! =) look forward to more stuff and the re-opening of your etsy shop!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Your specimens are so very lovely. When will your etsy shop open again?

PS I am here via Concrete and Honey
PPS I am linking you

cindy : quaint said...

the are so lovely and a shop update sounds great. have you ever read the book 'the country diary of an edwardian lady'? i think you would like it.

erin said...

these are so lovely. i especially adore the birds and butterflies. so glad you shared them.

Helen said...

Love your penmanship and, of course, your illustrations. I'd love to see more!

Char said...

beautiful work - reminds me so much of Audubon. very nice.

Kristina said...

How lovely! The ferns are my favorite-- is that one a maidenhair?

Amber said...

I would buy your work in a book, on a bag, on a dress... they are just so very beautiful and inspiring.

Mal said...

I would totally ooh and ahh over this in a store. It's sooo pretty!

Summer said...

So sweet! Thank you for sharing these little bits of loveliness!

LBB said...

Gorgeous, Livy, as always! Your drawings are beautiful and the way you've compiled them is so intriguing. I especially love your belljar atop a trio of mushrooms. I can't wait to see what is in store for your Etsy shop!

kelly said...

love it all! i wish i had as much talent as you do :-) thanks for showing us your work

Emily said...

Livy, you are so talented! I wish my notebooks looked like this...

sara said...

Pretty!! Do you color these on Photoshop? What do your original sketchbooks look like? Ah, notebooks and sketches - they are like good medicine to my soul! :)

henzy said...

these are simply lovely pieces. congrats on being a blog of note

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

pretty blog! congratulations on being the blog of note today!

Shattered said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! I hope you share more soon...

Fllu said...

Amazing drawings! Plate 3 is Incredible!

Jen said...

Amazing! I would love a notebook with each of these as an interchangeable cover — flip to a new lovely illustration each day.

Rebecca Ysamar said...

Wow! how inspiring! These are wonderful, hope to see more :]

Mod Girl said...

Congratulations of blog of note! I am delighted to find your beautiful little spot, all full of freshness and bright inspiration.

Rebecca Woodhead said...

What an unbelievably beautiful blog. Clever thing! Congratulations on blog of note.

Rebecca
http://frombrain2bookshelf.blogspot.com

artsybee said...

lovely blog! it is very unique and quaint.
i'll be back!

laura said...

I think I am in love with this creative and inspiring blog of yours!

Andrea said...

What an enchanting blog!! So deserving of the blog of note....you have an incredible way of seeing the world. So nice to meet you. :)

Lisa Falzon said...

Oooooh so delightful!!! I love these so much :)

Blake Eliza said...

I recently came upon your blog today and I have to say... your blog is absolutely delightful! I love the soft shades, pretty pink words, and amazing photography. Well done to you, I can't wait for more!

Livy said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone! I just wanted to take a minute to respond to a couple of questions that popped up above.

-I'm hoping to open my shop again by the summer!
-Unfortunately I can't take credit for the penmanship, since it's a font.
- And I do use photoshop to brighten and add more saturation if necessary, but the drawings are originally done in black pen and colored with watercolors. My actual sketchbook is much more plain: white paper, and usually one drawing per page.

crazycris said...

I came across this through the Blogs of Note -by the way, congratulations!- and have been charmed particularly by this post! As a biologist and a lover of history I can so appreciate these Plates! and am completely jealous of your wonderful artistic gift, had I a fraction of your talent would have made my zoology, botany and marine biology classes a bit easier!

Muppet Soul said...

I looove robins eggs.

Beautiful.

Ez said...

OH.MY.WORD! These are just stunning... I'm speechless! I'd love prints of any of these... but that last one has completely captivated me! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
xox
Ez

కొత్త పాళీ said...

They are Beautiful.

Char said...

congrats on being a blog of note!!! I'm so happy I was already onto the good thing that you are!!!

Clare said...

These are stunning, brilliant, pretty, inspiring,lovely well, you get the gist. Congrats on being a blog of note.I am glad that I stopped by

SAE HAN PARK said...

wow! so beautiful page! you are so fabulous!

Laura Lucille said...

those are so neat. i like your style.

Nick James said...

This is fantastic. I'm so, so glad I found your blog. I hope you find enjoyment in mine, even half of that I found in yours. I'll be back, absolutely!

Phoenix said...

What a pretty blog... were my first words when I reached your site. Congratulations on blog of note.. look forward to many more beautiful posts.

Grit said...

what a beautiful blog! thank you!

The villager: said...

Delightful blog. Well done.

Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

I love the plates. Great site. Congrats on being Blog of Note.

http://rebeccalynchphotography.blogspot.com/

Liza said...

I just love blog of note. It introduces everybody to such beautiful work. I hope that I hear from you about this...you seem so extraordinarily busy. However, I wanted to know more about how you created your backgrounds. I'm always looking for new things to spice up my little space in blogland. Thanks for your time.

Screwed Up Texan said...

Congratulations on blog of note...your blog is definitely noteworthy.

Mark David said...

absolutely beautiful! :)

Lynne said...

Hi Livy - Just saw you're 'blog of note' - but I knew that anyway. Love these illustrations. I can't wait for your little shop to open.

Miss Mapp said...

Wow, this is a very beautiful blog and you have loads of talent. Love the delicasy of your work.
Can I ask you a question - I am pretty new to all this: You have a subscribe section near the top - how do you import those three elements - which are much better than the follower thing have a greta day. MM.

Teaching The Teacher said...

I love the idea of keeping a field notebook. I'm assuming that it could be based on anything. Your artwork is beautiful! Congratulations on being selected for Blog of Note! Great job!!

TheTinyJEWELBox said...

congrats!!

Vina Puspita said...

that's amazing how you create it!
Love your style!!! :D


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Lea said...

It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it! Do make more.
&(^_^)& Lea

Vicki P. said...

Your naturalist drawings are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen and George said...

I'm looking at your lovely blog from a sailboat off the coast of Honduras. I once aspired to be a biololgical illustrator and am so pleased to see the very creative composition of your inspiring field journal. Wishing you all success and congrats. Keep following your bliss!

Meandu said...

These sketches were wonderfully creative. I enjoyed viewing them. Thank you for sharing!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

Oh my Livy! You've outdone yourself, which I didn't think was possible since I love absolutely everything you do!!! These are amazing and I'm making a little wish that they will become prints in your shop someday. Thanks for sharing. xo ~suzanne

Kris said...

wow very interesting! I love this.. I am truly inspired.

STFS said...

Awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

So did you put in the cream/brown background of the paper in photoshop?

Rustic Urbanity said...

This is so beautiful! And your blog is lovely! Thank you for sharing! :) Juli~

Rowan said...

Wow! Your so talented! I love the robins. ;)

nicegirl3007 said...

amazing drawings

Sophie Appleby said...

I am spellbound by your blog, every little bit is so beautiful and interesting. I just adore your drawings, can't wait until they are in your etsy shop. You have made my day!
Sophie x

elle said...

the drwaings are adorable!

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Dreamers Dream said...

these are so pretty! x

Delectable Goodies said...

I joined your blog as a follower a little while ago, and I just wanted to say that you do great work and I enjoy your blog.

Lisa said...

beauitufl images- congrats on blogs of note xx

Paula and Skip said...

Your blog is so delightful! All soul.

The Girl with the Red Hair said...

Your blog is so cool and really artistic

yoli said...

so cute!

Jeannette said...

You asked: "Do you ever find it just helps to start putting things down on paper (or onto a Photoshop canvas as the case may be)? I suppose mulling too much over creative options is just what slows me down; sometimes it's best to put analysis aside and just let ideas flow." A big yes to that. When creativity flows in a variety of directions it's important to start capturing it without the concern for total organization. It's the organic nature of our efforts...other sophisticated attributes accrue and can be woven in, but those sparks, don't let them get cooled off. I want to look at your whole blog.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful

Pyzahn said...

Whew. Scrolling through all those comments made me dizzy.

But really, this is the loveliest blog I've ever visited.

Jeremy Weber said...

Wow!!!

This is wonderful!!! You truly have a talent.

I wish to see more...do keep in touch

Jeremy

The Things We Carried said...

Gorgeous! Found you at Blogs of Note! Congrats on being NOTEd :)

sheri amor said...

did you made this drawings?

Marypoppins said...

Very, very nice.

Arcadia said...

Wow!I really like this drawings.As I can see you have a very beautiful gift to draw thing from another perspective.
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Ahmad Nizar Hidayat said...

amazing...ur work is awesome. I know the reason u being noted.

Kleksy said...

This pages're beautiful!

They look like they're from some books of small elves :)

JungleGirl said...

What a wonderful site. I love the artwork, the love of nature and the way they are presented. Truely a work of art.

congrats on being NOTEd.

streetmachine said...

very creative)

Zach said...

Man, thats awesome. God blessed you with ALOT of talent.

Alanna said...

oh wow! they're beautiful. I love all the different colours in nature :)

Pattern and Perspective said...

How lovely. Can't wait for your etsy shop to open again.

Pattern and Perspective said...

Awesome. I can't wait for your etsy shop to reopen.

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HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Wow, all of these are so beautiful! For some reason, I like Forest + Sea better. Maybe because it is more intricate, much more colorful? Either way, all of these fallen pages are beautiful!

Writer girl said...

OK that is really cool. Im an artist my self and have never seen such beautiful art work!

Cesia said...

I love the drawings in that notebook!

Congrats on being Blogger's Blog of Note.

If you're interested, I'm giving away a free blog makeover at http://mommatudes.blogspot.com.

Keep up the great bloggy work!

- Cesia.

Kate said...

Gorgeous work, I wish I could draw.
Please do something with Etsy, I'll be first in line!

Ashley L. said...

THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Such beautiful work! I love your blog oh so much!!! :)

Destroy Rock And Roll said...

Beautiful blog - I just stumbled on to it and can't get enough of the posts you have here and I love the color combo you have on the whole layout.

-Sebastian

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

LoVe your sketches! Thanks for sharing again.

lpickup said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely sketches. Your work is so graceful. thanks.

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Livy, the pages of your sketchbook are simply amazing!! I love the contrast of the colors against the neutral grain of the page, and it is certainly a beautiful symbol of a modern naturalist. My favorite is the fern page, but I love them all! I absolutely can't wait until your Etsy shop reopens!

Rachel B said...

I love it when I stumble across a site that just inspires me, you did tha today.... i had been looking for an outside enrichment to do with some of my art kids.... thanks.... i think the field journal is the way to go

Miss B. said...

These are AMAZING!!!!!!! Just breath taking...

nschinook said...

I Love your stuff! Keep up the good work!

Alice X said...

these are soo beautiful, what did you use to draw them?

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DalenaVintage said...

simply charming...thank you for sharing with us!

iva yaneva said...

I just came across your blog and I love it! Your drawings are lovely and yes - I know what you mean - I love my journals and taking notes, sketching etc. I am also planning on opening an etsy shop - there's a lot more work than I expected! :)
Anyway, good luck with all that! You are really talented :)

meg said...

I keep coming back to this post again and again. Your whole blog is so lovely!
PS if you check out the Mtv billboard post on my blog, you might notice something familiar!

Hannah said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I adore your blog...its so lovely!

Hannah

Mary Tipping said...

What a wonderful blog! I am delighted to have found it--I love your work, and your sensibilities:)

Mary

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