Bloomsbury release selection of images on Facebook album


Bloomsbury Facebook album for The New Sylva

Bloomsbury Facebook album for The New Sylva – click to view

Sarah Simblet master class in drawing


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

Norway spruce drawings in progress (2)


The latest photograph of Sarah Simblet’s drawing in progress of Norway spruce collected from Westonbirt Arboretum – read the full story.

Norway spruce in progress 2

Norway spruce drawing in progress (2) by Sarah Simblet

Norway spruce drawings in progress

Last week we visited Westonbirt Arboretum (read more) to collect samples from various coniferous trees to be featured in drawings for The New Sylva.

Sarah Simblet has started work on drawing three plates featuring Norway spruce. The photograph shows work in progress, first in pencil, and the start to working in detail with pen and ink. Later more tone and depth will be added.

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

The left-hand drawing will depict a bunch of three mature female cones with examples of both right and left hand twist (which this species can present). It also represents how females cluster at the top of the tree. On the right-hand side a bunch of male cones on a sprig taken from ground level branches (centre right) and a solitary immature female cone with a few males taken from half way up the tree (far right).

Yellow archangel


Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)

Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) drawn for The New Sylva by Sarah Simblet. Low quality photograph.

Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) is an ancient woodland indicator species. This drawing by Sarah Simblet is one of a series created for The New Sylva that will illustrate some of our most beautiful and iconic woodland plant life.