sara j cary is a pittsburgh, pennsylvania based artist creating science illustrations and photography inspired by nature. see more at

Sunday, September 27, 2015

sketching sunday

using some color study skills I learned in a botanical illustration class, I only needed to use five prisma colors for this Pelidnota punctata (grapevine beetle) sketch.

light brown - true blue, orange and a touch of canary yellow
dark brown - aquamarine, poppy and a touch of orange

before the class I would have used at least four colors to make up one.  simplifying helps prevent muddied colors and saves time.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

back in the saddle!

Today is the first time I have worked since the birth of August.  I created an estimate for a natural history of Pennsylvania book.  Back in the saddle again!