BOTANICAL ART/ CERAMICS/ ILLUSTRATION

 

Following a course in horticultural design, I was self-taught as a botanical artist, and went on to teach botanical art at RHS Rosemoor and other adult education venues, as well as writing for online microscopy magazine Micscape. I wrote the book "Drawing and Painting Plants" for publishers A & C Black in 2006, and previously won 2 RHS Gold Medals for botanical painting. My natural history and microscopic illustrations are in RHS collections and have been requested for use by international scientific institutions. I provided illustrations for the Honda Spring/ Summer advertising campaign of 2011.

 

As a horticultural designer, I illustrated both my own designs and those of other landscape gardeners, with AutoCAD and fine hand-drawn plans, as well as winning a Gold Medal at the National Amateur Gardening Show for an interior garden design. 

 

I produced digitally printed transfer patterns for

ceramics,and designs for embroidery, music promotion

and book covers. 

 

More of my natural history illustrations, as well as my more

general illustration work, can be viewed at

www. microscopy-uk.org.uk

 

 

 

GALLERY - BOTANICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY

Sunflower
Sunflower

Gouache on paper.

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Trees
Trees

Trees rendered in different media: gouache, pen and pencil.

Red-purple Spring Flowers
Red-purple Spring Flowers
Tulip
Tulip
Honey Guides
Honey Guides

Painting documenting the distinctive patterns, or honey guides, on the inside surface of a flower which guide insect pollinators.

Apple "Discovery"
Apple "Discovery"

An apple in various stages of development, from flower to fruit. Showing seeds, flower and fruit painted in various stages of development. Gouache on paper.

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Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves from Westonbirt Arboretum, rendered in gouache and inks. Illustrated are leaves of two types of oak, plane, sweet chestnut, birch, beech, katsura and three types of maple, as well as fragments of larch needles, an acorn and a spindleberry.

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Tulips
Tulips

Pen and ink study of tulips.

Wheat
Wheat

Pencil and wash study of wheat.

Daffodils
Daffodils

Pencil and wash study of daffodils.

Winter Twigs
Winter Twigs

Winter twigs used for winter colour and decorative weaving: willow, bramble and three types of dogwood. Gouache on paper

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Catkins
Catkins

Alder and hazel catkins, rendered in acrylic.

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Cones
Cones

Includes cones from fir, Douglas fir, a large-coned pine, sequoia, cryptomeria. Gouache on paper.

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Scale-Leaved Conifers
Scale-Leaved Conifers

Juniper, thuja; Lawson's cypress; cypress, crytomeria; sequoiadendron. Acrylic on paper.

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Fruit Sections
Fruit Sections

Tomato, kiwifruit, passion fruit. Watercolour and gouache on paper.

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Species of Cladonia Lichens
Species of Cladonia Lichens

Cladonia fimbriata; C. bellidiflora; C. coniocraea. Acrylics on paper.

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Variegated Leaves
Variegated Leaves

Including cultivars of ivy, hosta, zonal geranium, cyclamen, box, Euonymus, Aucuba japonica, Thujopsis dolobrata. Gouache on paper.

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Moorland Mosses
Moorland Mosses

Polytrichum formosum; a species of Sphagnum; Thuidium tamariscinum; Rhytiadelphus triquetrus. Acrylics on paper.

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Fungi From a Moorland Location
Fungi From a Moorland Location

Fly agaric; cauliflower fungus; a bolete; birch polypore; Lactarius turpis; sulphur tuft; blusher. Gouache on paper.

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Oak
Oak

Showing tree in winter and summer; male catkins; branch in leaf; female catkins; acorns; winter twig and galls. Gouache on paper.

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Roots
Roots

Garlic corm, daffodil bulb, ginger and iris rhizomes, lily bulb, gladiolus corm, potato tuber, parsnip taproot, adventitious roots of ivy. Gouache on paper.

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Seedheads
Seedheads

Includes heads of clematis, shepherd’s purse, wintersweet, marigold, thistle, umbellifers, St John’s Wort, sweet pea. Acrylic on paper.

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Developing Seeds
Developing Seeds

Development of sunflower and maize seeds. Gouache and black acrylic gesso on paper.

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Sweetcorn #1
Sweetcorn #1

One of the illustrations produced for the Honda Spring/ Summer ad campaign of 2011.

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Sweetcorn #3
Sweetcorn #3

One of the illustrations produced for the Honda Spring/ Summer ad campaign of 2011.

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Sweetcorn #6
Sweetcorn #6

One of the illustrations produced for the Honda Spring/ Summer ad campaign of 2011.

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Seaweeds 1
Seaweeds 1

Seaweeds from Jersey. Pencil on paper.

Seaweeds 2
Seaweeds 2

Seaweeds from Jersey. Pencil on paper.

Seaweeds 3
Seaweeds 3

Seaweeds from Jersey. Pencil on paper.

Eagle
Eagle

Gouache painting of eagle.

Hominid Skulls
Hominid Skulls

Gouache painting of hominid skulls.

Dodo
Dodo

Gouache painting of dodo.

Ammonite
Ammonite

Two halves of an ammonite, which have partly been replaced with iron compounds. The pyrite replacing the half on the left of the picture has been converted to its oxidised form haematite. Acrylic on illustration board.

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Bird Beaks
Bird Beaks

Gouache illustration showing different types of bird beak.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

Gouache illustration showing different types of dinosaur.

Butterfly Scales
Butterfly Scales

Various acrylic media on illustration board. This is a painting from a microscope slide by slidemaker Klaus Kemp, showing 55 different butterfly scales. They show a remarkable variety of shape, form and colour.

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6-sided diatom.jpg
6-sided diatom.jpg
5-sided diatom
5-sided diatom

Canvas painting of a 5-sided diatom in acrylic, accentuating the structure of the glass frustule.

Triceratium favus Diatom
Triceratium favus Diatom

From a slide by Brian Darnton, of diatom species from the Westerschelde, The Netherlands. A three-sided diatom with a honeycomb-like appearance due to its hexagonal areolae (the holes in its shell, or frustule). Black scraperboard

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Diatom-4.jpg
Diatom-4.jpg
Diatom
Diatom
Radiolarian 1
Radiolarian 1

Beautiful radiolarian, rendered in black scraperboard.

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Radiolarian 2
Radiolarian 2

Radiolarian, rendered in black scraperboard. Thyrsocyrtis tensa?

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3-sided Diatom
3-sided Diatom

3-sided diatom, rendered in black scraperboard.

4-sided Diatom
4-sided Diatom

4-sided Diatom, rendered in black scraperboard.

Temple of Flora website
Temple of Flora website

Christina Brodie's first website, showing her botanical paintings and drawings.

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Asparagus
Asparagus

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Pomegranate
Pomegranate

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Plums
Plums

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Yellow Pepper
Yellow Pepper

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Pear
Pear

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Nuts
Nuts

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Lemon
Lemon

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Figs
Figs

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Dates
Dates

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Cherries
Cherries

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Blueberries
Blueberries

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Apple
Apple

Watercolour for luxury hotel brochure.

Tomato
Tomato

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Shortbread
Shortbread

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Lemon
Lemon

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Plum Tomato
Plum Tomato

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Honeycomb
Honeycomb

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Cookies
Cookies

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Butter
Butter

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Beetroot
Beetroot

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Bay and Vanilla
Bay and Vanilla

Watercolour for set of recipe cards.

Fruits for LUX magazine
Fruits for LUX magazine

Magazine spread incorporating antioxidant foods.

Juniper
Juniper

Juniper twig drawn for promotional cards

Chamomile
Chamomile

Chamomile sprig based on historical drawing of chamomile/ daisy family flower, for promotional cards.

Allspice
Allspice

Allspice twig, based on historical drawing of allspice, for promotional cards.

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GALLERY - CERAMICS 

Alice Teacup Watercolour
Alice Teacup Watercolour

Watercolour design for a cup, along an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Alice Saucer Watercolour
Alice Saucer Watercolour

Watercolour design for a saucer, along an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Alice Cup Pencil
Alice Cup Pencil

Pencil design for a cup, along an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Alice Saucer Pencil
Alice Saucer Pencil

Pencil design for a saucer, along an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Alice in Wonderland "Drink Me" Cup
Alice in Wonderland "Drink Me" Cup

Pink and white cup portraying a windy day. Alice chases the White Rabbit across the body of the cup.

Alice Cup2
Alice Cup2
Alice Cup3
Alice Cup3
Alice Cup Interior
Alice Cup Interior

Cup interior shows Alice falling down the rabbit-hole, with a "Drink Me" flask at the bottom.

Drink Me Saucer
Drink Me Saucer

A windy day, featuring a storm in a teacup and a surprise "Drink Me" bottle pictured on the part of the saucer underneath the cup.

Bread and Butter Plate
Bread and Butter Plate

Pink and white plate with slogan "The Queen Says: Let Them Eat Cake".

"The Queen Says" Mugs
"The Queen Says" Mugs

3 mugs in "The Queen Says" series, with witty slogans.

You're Not Worthy1
You're Not Worthy1
You're Not Worthy2
You're Not Worthy2
You're Not Worthy3
You're Not Worthy3
Water, Water!1
Water, Water!1
Water, Water!2
Water, Water!2
Water, Water!3
Water, Water!3
Off With His Head1
Off With His Head1
Off With His Head2
Off With His Head2
Off With His Head3
Off With His Head3
Honeypot1
Honeypot1

Decorative design to be fired onto ceramic honeypot, in the style of David Gentleman.

Honeypot2
Honeypot2

Decorative design to be fired onto ceramic honeypot, in the style of David Gentleman.

Sweet Jar 3D1
Sweet Jar 3D1

Mockup of sweet jar design with paper templates.

Sweet Jar 3D2
Sweet Jar 3D2

Mockup of sweet jar design with paper templates.

Ladle 3D1
Ladle 3D1

Mockup of ceramic ladle design with paper templates.

Decorative design to be fired onto ceramic ladle interior.

Ladle 3D2
Ladle 3D2

Mockup of ceramic ladle design with paper templates.

Jampot2
Jampot2

Decorative design to be fired onto ceramic jampot, in the style of David Gentleman.

Jampot1
Jampot1

Decorative design to be fired onto ceramic jampot, in the style of David Gentleman.

Toast Rack 3D
Toast Rack 3D

Mockup of design for ceramic toast rack with paper templates.

Alice Teapot Surround Design
Alice Teapot Surround Design

Design showing Alice in Wonderland/ The Queen of Hearts holding The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at her court. Design for bulbous teapot.

Alice Sugar Bowl Surround Design
Alice Sugar Bowl Surround Design

Design showing the Queen of Hearts' minions building a castle made of sugar lumps, before it is washed away by a rainstorm, for which a teapot is implicitly held responsible. Design for bulbous sugar bowl.

Dragon Wallpaper
Dragon Wallpaper

Wallpaper design based on shining Japanese silks and featuring dragons and suns.

Batik Dragon Tile
Batik Dragon Tile

Batik style dragon design for tile.

Rider1
Rider1

B/w version of knight on horseback tile.

Red Rider
Red Rider

Red version of knight on horseback tile.

Golden and White Lion tiles
Golden and White Lion tiles

Chunky 4 x 4" tiles with lion design.

Large Blue Goldfish plate
Large Blue Goldfish plate

Design with botanical drawing of waterlily and goldfish.

Large Colour Girl plate
Large Colour Girl plate

Profile drawing of girl with flowers.

Large Red Dahlia plate
Large Red Dahlia plate

Botanical drawing of dahia on red background.

Large Red Girl plate
Large Red Girl plate

Profile drawing of girl in red and white colourway.

Small Colour Goldfish plate
Small Colour Goldfish plate

Botanical drawing of waterlily in primary colours colourway.

Small Yellow Passionflower plate
Small Yellow Passionflower plate

Botanical drawing of passionflower in yellow and white colourway.

Butterfly tile 1
Butterfly tile 1
Butterfly tile 2
Butterfly tile 2
Butterfly tile 3
Butterfly tile 3
Butterfly tile 4
Butterfly tile 4
Butterfly tile 5
Butterfly tile 5
Crest
Crest
Birds
Birds

Victorian style tile panel featuring birds in a tree.

Tropical Shells
Tropical Shells

Victorian style tile panel featuring tropical shells and starfish.

Pineapple Panel
Pineapple Panel

Victorian style tile panel featuring a row of pineapples.

Decorated letter A
Decorated letter A

Tile depicting the letter A.

Decorated letter E
Decorated letter E

Tile depicting the letter E.

GALLERY - GENERAL ILLUSTRATION AND OTHER DESIGN

A Golfin' Dolphin Front Cover
A Golfin' Dolphin Front Cover

Front cover for the poem "A Golfin'Dolphin" by Anthony Fairweather.

A Golfin' Dolphin2
A Golfin' Dolphin2
A Golfin' Dolphin3
A Golfin' Dolphin3
A Golfin' Dolphin4
A Golfin' Dolphin4
A Golfin' Dolphin5
A Golfin' Dolphin5
A Golfin' Dolphin6
A Golfin' Dolphin6
A Golfin' Dolphin7
A Golfin' Dolphin7
Embroidery Logo
Embroidery Logo

Vector design for logo for an embroidery company.

Logo for LADA Design School Website
Logo for LADA Design School Website

Front page of LADA Design School website with LADA logo.

LADA Website 1
LADA Website 1

Image from LADA Design School Website.

LADA Website2
LADA Website2

Image from LADA Design School Website.

LADA Website3
LADA Website3

Image from LADA Design School Website.

LADA Website4
LADA Website4

Image from LADA Design School Website.

Mirror Music Night Sign
Mirror Music Night Sign

Design for music night sign, to be rendered in mirror mosaic and shisha mirrors.

Bohemia Cafe Christmas Poster
Bohemia Cafe Christmas Poster

Poster advertising entertainment at London's Bohemia Cafe.

Transformation House Logo1
Transformation House Logo1

Logo design for Christian centre.

Transformation House Logo2
Transformation House Logo2
Ravenna Church1
Ravenna Church1

Pencil drawing of San Vitale, Ravenna.

Ravenna Church2
Ravenna Church2

Pencil drawing of San Francesco Church, Ravenna.

Ravenna Church3
Ravenna Church3

Pencil drawing of Theodoric's Temple, Ravenna.

Ravenna Church4
Ravenna Church4

Pencil drawing of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna.

Armour from Ravenna Museum
Armour from Ravenna Museum

Pencil drawing of armour from the Museo Nazionale, Ravenna.

Impossible Flowers
Impossible Flowers
Flower, Fruit and Seed
Flower, Fruit and Seed
2 Magicians
2 Magicians
Birds In A Tree
Birds In A Tree

Design for digital print onto leather.

Birds In A Tree2
Birds In A Tree2
Birds In A Tree3
Birds In A Tree3
Dandelion1
Dandelion1

Rubber stamp design.

Dandelion2
Dandelion2

Rubber stamp design.

A Galaxy In Sand Stanza1
A Galaxy In Sand Stanza1

Illustration for the poem "A Galaxy In Sand" by Christina Brodie.

A Galaxy In Sand Stanza 2
A Galaxy In Sand Stanza 2

Illustration for the poem "A Galaxy In Sand" by Christina Brodie.

Flower People
Flower People
Emerging Life
Emerging Life
Maze AutoCAD Drawing
Maze AutoCAD Drawing
Parterre AutoCAD Drawing
Parterre AutoCAD Drawing
Labyrinth AutoCAD Drawing
Labyrinth AutoCAD Drawing
Lavender Cafe, NEC
Lavender Cafe, NEC

Pen and ink and pencil drawing on coloured paper.

Dunkery Beacon
Dunkery Beacon

3-D drawing of Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor.

Water Feature Planting Plan
Water Feature Planting Plan

Water feature planting plan for a private garden.

Walled Garden Planting Plan
Walled Garden Planting Plan

Planting plan for a walled garden.

Design Section Detail
Design Section Detail

Construction design detail rendered in ink.

Site Survey
Site Survey

Site survey, for a private garden.

Temple of Flora Garden1
Temple of Flora Garden1

Designed by Christina Brodie. Gold Medal Winner at the National Amateur Gardening Show.

Temple of Flora Garden2
Temple of Flora Garden2
Temple of Flora Garden3
Temple of Flora Garden3
Temple of Flora Garden4
Temple of Flora Garden4
Temple of Flora Garden5
Temple of Flora Garden5

View showing orchids planted on a moss-covered log and a bottle garden with miniature orchids.

Plan - Temple of Flora Garden1
Plan - Temple of Flora Garden1

Detail from the Temple of Flora garden plan.

Plan - Temple of Flora Garden2
Plan - Temple of Flora Garden2

Complete plan for the Temple of Flora garden.