Jody grew up in the woodsy countryside. She spent her childhood in the natural world: studying insects, playing with animals, examining plants. Her favorite souvenirs are stones and leaves. As a natural science illustrator, Jody is comfortable with watercolor, ink, graphite and colored pencils, and acrylic paints.
Gouache and colored pencil, 14" x 11"
The inspiration behind the decision to choose a camel to study for this assignment is based upon my fascination of the uniqueness and history of this animal. Thousands of years ago, frankincense traders trained camels to make the lengthy, arduous journey from S. Arabia to N. Middle East. The camel went on to become desert dwellers’ primary source of transportation, shade, milk, meat, wool and hides. Today, in Africa and Asia, camels still pull ploughs,turn water wheels, and transport people and goods to market along desert routes impassable by wheeled vehicles. More “civilized” cultures use the camel primarily for racing.
Zoological and botanical illustrations from scientifically informed observation