In January I did this illustration for the Natural History Museum in London. They needed a fresh image for their own-range giftware, and this was created using fineliner pens and time spent in the Museum itself, along with hours poring over their massive photo library. It's finally in the museum so I'm allowed to share it!
The illustration had to summarise the enormity and breadth of their collection along with the unique architecture of the building. Creating this illustration combined everything I love to do: observe and study nature, draw challenging new things (ie: "animals are not my strong point!") and work in a detailed and accurate way, while being invited to flavour the image with my own style and atmosphere.
For the curious, featured in the illustration are the following species and elements:
Asterope Lepreuri Butterfly
Jackson's Leaf Butterfly
Silver Chafer Beetle
Great Raft Spider
(There are two more dinosaurs, one skeletal and one whole (Bronto?) but I've lost the notes for these! Maybe you can advise?
Assorted bird eggs
Koh-i-Noor diamond replica
Homo Erectus skull
Australopithecus Boisei skull
Assorted generic specimen jars and notebooks
Earth Gallery and other architectural details
Images are shown on my website here.
and you can buy the NHM's illustrated goodies here.