Illustrating the Redwoods


I’m excited to share with you a few details from the beginning stages of a commission I’ve since completed, of the magical and amazing California Redwoods.

My work for commissions always starts with research and questions, lots of questions and conversations with my clients.

After I get a sense of the project, I will make some preliminary sketches. Sometimes I do small drawings, like below, and sometimes, larger black and white studies to further understand the scale and composition.

What do you think? How do you as an artist, approach commissions? What  would you, as a client, think about this process?

Stay tuned, the next post will be the final piece!

Author: Rachel

My paintings and art journals are a combination of both traditional art techniques and mixed media explorations. I am primarily inspired by nature, pattern and abstract form. I am continually aiming to unearth my inner worlds, and find my work is on an exciting path of discovery. See more at

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