a freelance botanical illustrator.
I live and work between Toulouse, Marseille & my workshop in the Lot countryside.
Botanical drawing, which brings together my love for drawing and meticulous observation of plants.
My professional path
I first worked in the field of painting restoration before entering a preparatory school in art and art history. I then studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts at Lyon, and obtained my Master's degree in Arts (DNSEP) at the Institut National Supérieur d'Enseignements Artistiques Marseille-Méditerranée. Two courses in botany and natural history illustration have complemented my studies and have allowed me to fully devote myself to botanical illustration since 2018.
Projects I work on
❀ I design custom botanical illustrations for all types of projects in the fields of publishing, advertising, press, web, packaging, and in such diverse areas as science, luxury, decoration, education, and many other industries.
❀ I work on an architectural scale and can come to your house or company to create botanical murals in different graphic styles.
❀ I also teach botanical drawing workshops, and have recently developed an online video course on botanical drawing using graphite pencil technique.
❀ I pursue a personal drawing practice, and my online shop is my privileged space to present my universe and sell my original artworks & art prints : boutique.camillecharnay.com.
❀ I also share my news and behind-the-scenes information in my bi-monthly newsletter (only in French) . Would you like to join? It's over here!
Techniques I work with
Drawing has progressively become my main instrument to scrutinize the plants I encounter, and thereby share all the attention I give to them. I work with traditional mediums such as graphite pencil, Indian ink and watercolour, but also with digital techniques.
Depending on the illustration project, my drawings can take on different styles, from minimalistic line drawings to very realistic and detailed graphite drawings, with a hole range of possibilities including coloured styles, scientific illustrations, drawings with flat colours or rich textures, drawings with a sketched style, etc...
Drawing is for me a wonderful instrument to learn how to see and perceive. It allows me to explore the flora and have better knowledge of plants.
This curiosity for plants is not only about seeing them, but also about observing them, considering them, making encounters and perhaps trying to rethink our relationships with them.
By delving into the details, drawing plants is also a way for me to take each and everyone by the hand and say "come and see"!
They trust me
Whether it's with companies, communication agencies, brands, publishers, institutions and sometimes with private clients, each project is above all a beautiful collaboration and the achievement of a trust-based relationship.
From one project to the other, I am pleased to help you bring your ideas to life through my drawings!