Sarah Simblet recently talked about the making of The New Sylva and gave a Master Class in drawing at Cal Lutheran University in California. One of the attendees has written an interesting blog post about the class. Read more on the Art by Vreeke blog
Book designers, Grade Design, have been making the finishing touches to the final cover design for The New Sylva.
Photograph (low quality) of a completed drawing by Sarah Simblet for The New Sylva: Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)
Photograph (low quality) of a completed drawing by Sarah Simblet for The New Sylva: Pollarded willows at Wootton
Photograph (low quality) of a completed drawing by Sarah Simblet for The New Sylva: Field Oak (Quercus robur) and rooks.
Time lapse film of artist Sarah Simblet working on a drawing for The New Sylva book. Made from 600 photographs taken over the course of 6 hours. The drawing is of a stand of sugi or Japanese red cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) growing in Brechfa Forest Gardens, Wales.
There remain many botanical parts of trees to be drawn and a few whole trees to be depicted by Sarah Simblet, yet a forest visited this week by the authors will be one of the last whole treescapes to feature in The New Sylva. The authors visited Brechfa Forest Gardens
The authors visit the ash tree chosen to feature as in The New Sylva. Working in the rain …
Common hazel (Corylus avellana) is one of the first of our trees to flower in very early Spring. In time with nature, while their pendent ‘lambs tail’ catkins are emerging, so is a drawing of a hazel tree for The New Sylva. Sarah has been working on a drawing on
We’ve been overcome by the number of fantastic ash trees submitted by dozens of people across the country. Thank you to everyone who took part. The chosen tree is …
The authors are searching for the finest example of a common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) tree to feature in The New Sylva. We hope that our readers can help by submitting their favourite ash trees – one of which will be selected and appear in the book frontispiece. Following the outbreak
Day two of our Scottish drawing expedition took us to the southern shore of Loch Rannoch. We were in search of a treescape that would enable us to feature birch and water together. We had a specific place in mind for where the drawing will feature in the book. The
Yesterday our Scottish Drawing Expedition for The New Sylva got underway. In search of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) we had travelled to one of the last remaining and best examples of Caledonian Pinewood: the Black Wood of Rannoch, in Central Scotland. High above Loch Rannoch, on an undulating heather-clad ridge,