Esmée Somers Winkel
Scientific Illustrator & Botanical Artist



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Selected Botanical Art:
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Watercolour - Tuliptree
Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera
Tuliptree


Watercolour on paper
50 x 40 cm
See also: Out of the Woods






Diospyros lotus
Diospyros virginiana
Tuliptree
Ebenaceae Diospyros lotus
Date plum

Watercolour on paper
30 x 20 cm

In this watercolour a flowering branch from both male and female tree are painted. The male tree was planted in the Hortus botanicus Leiden in 1736. The female tree is much younger and can be found in the fern garden.
Ebenaceae Diospyros virginiana
American persimmon

Watercolour on paper
12 x 20 cm

In fall the American persimmon turns from green to golden orange with a reddish cheek and tasting deliciously sweet when ripening. A branch was given to me on a conference in the US.
Magnoliaceae Liriodendron tulipifera
Tuliptree

Pen and Ink on paper
40 x 30 cm


This Tulip tree was planted in 1716 by Prof. Herman Boerhaave, prefect of the Hortus Botanicus Leiden at that time, making this specimen 300 years old in 2016.




Lilium speciosum var. rubrum
Fungi
Iris domestica
Liliaceae Lilium speciosum var. rubrum

Watercolour on paper
50 x 40 cm

Fungi, Study of a Paxillus species

Pencil and watercolour on paper
15 x 15 cm
Iridaceae Iris domestica
Blackberry lily

Watercolour on paper
60 x 42 cm





Selected Botanical Illustrations:

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All images are © Naturalis Biodiversity Center.


Orchid - Dendrobium goodallianum
Legumes - Tadehagi triquetrum Orchid - Specklinia pfavii
Orchidaceae Dendrobium goodallianum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. E. de Vogel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and R. van Vugt, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.

This species is named in honour of Dame Jane Morris Goodall who is a biologist best known for her work with Chimpanzees.  She still is very active promoting nature conservation across many countries and all generations. Together with Gail Hudson, she recently published the book 'Seeds of Hope', in which an entire chapter is dedicated to the conservation of orchids.


Published in
Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 14
Leguminosae Tadehagi triquetrum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. F. Adema, Naturalis Biodiversity Center - Herbarium.


Orchidaceae Specklinia pfavii
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. A. Karremans, Lankester Botanical Garden, Costa Rica.

This orchid species is part of a series of illustrations made for the thesis 'Systematic, phylogenetic and pollination studies of Specklinia (Orchidaceae)'.





Orchid - Chelonistele maximae-reginae
Fungi - Russula vesca
Euphorbiaceae
Orchidaceae Dendrobium kruizingae
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Dr. E. de Vogel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and R. van Vugt, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.
Fungi Russula vesca
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for publication in Persoonia.



Euphorbiaceae Endospermum diadenum
Pen and Ink on paper, 24 x 36 cm

Drawn for Prof. dr. P. van Welzen,
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - Herbarium.





Selected Medical and Biological Illustrations:
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Insect fossil in Amber

Insect Fossil in Amber


Insect fossil in Amber
Insect fossil in Amber
Insect fossil in Amber

Pen and Ink
©Esmée Winkel
Insect fossil in Amber

Pen and Ink
©Esmée Winkel


Insect fossil in Amber

Pen and Ink
©Esmée Winkel


Insect fossil in Amber

Pen and Ink
©Esmée Winkel







Thesis


Mouth parts of Bumble Bee

Leeuw
Skeleton of the thorax
Lilioceris lilii
Scarlet lily beetle (Leliehaantje)

Watercolour
©Esmée Winkel

Mouth parts of the
Bumble Bee

Pen and Ink - Digital drawing program
©Esmée Winkel
Pencil drawing of a plastercast of a lion

Pencil and Inkscape
©Esmée Winkel
Skeleton of the thorax


Pencil
©Esmée Winkel




Ventral view of a dog skull
Animation skeleton of the hand


Respiratory system of the rat
The_Isolated_Gut
Ventral view of a dog skull

Pencil
©Esmée Winkel



Animation of the skeleton of
the hand
Mixed Media:
Pencil and digital drawing program Gimp

©Esmée Winkel
Respiratory system of the rat

Pencil
©Esmée Winkel



The Isolated Gut

Pen and Ink
©Esmée Winkel










Diplacina lisa
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Crab
Diplacina lisa
A dragnofly from the Phillippines

Watercolor
©Esmée Winkel




Dragonfly:
Male primary genitalia

Mixed Media:
Pen and ink,
Digital drawing programs Gimp and Inkscape
©Esmée Winkel


Dragonfly:
Male secondary genitalia

Mixed Media:
Pen and ink,
Digital drawing programs Gimp and Inkscape
©Esmée Winkel
Female crab
   

Pencil
©Esmée Winkel




All images are © Esmée Winkel or © Naturalis Biodiversity Center. All rights reserved.