CLIENT: J.O. Design for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate Comanche Peak Prairie Clover, also known as Dalea Reverchonii, in the 2016 BRIT Annual Report as part of an article about conservation.
OVERVIEW: Never having seen this plant in person, I relied on photos BRIT provided, the few photos available on the internet, and descriptions of the plant from researchers at BRIT. With this information, I was able to make this illustration possible of this rare, unique plant that was once thought to have disappeared only to be rediscovered in the same spot of rock outcrop called the Walnut Formation where it was first discovered.
The illustration is mixed media in order to achieve the unique textures and colors of the plant and work with the feedback from BRIT researchers. Watercolor is the primary medium used, but the addition of other media, such as acrylic, helped me go back into the painting to refine features of this plant based on the revisions needed. Placed into a clean layout that resonates with BRIT’s donors, this illustration was used as a part of this page spread in an article from the 2016 BRIT Annual Report, shown below and on their website.