lichen drawings

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some small lichen drawings (or illustrations perhaps), 15cm x 15cm, all ink pen on paper, on pages in a sketchbook… adapted (and distorted) from some cropped and enlarged photographs… lichenscapes…

A style of drawing inspired in part by the histology illustrations in biology textbooks, which I find fascinating…

Here are some of my lichen photographs, taken on a crisp and clear morning a couple of weekends back, visiting three churchyards in the search for interesting lichens [a new species of lichen was apparently discovered at one of them]…

I read online (although I’ve since lost the link to it) that churchyard lichens are sometimes as old as the gravestones on which they silently inhabit… could there ever be a more unintentionally beautiful way of signifying a life after death…?


  1. Susie Harris
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m currently in Year 11 studying GCSE art and I’ve just received my exam paper and I’m basing the exam piece on layers and I have to say that your artwork is truely inspiring. Your photographs are fantastic and your drawings such as the Lichens drawn in ink are amazing! I started with no ideas and my teachers told me to research you and I’m so glad I did as your work is amazing :)

  2. Jazz
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you – good luck with your art exam.