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  • Writer's pictureBethann Garramon Merkle

Sketchbook Snapshot: Sketches from “Drawn to Quebec”

I’ve been penning the Drawn to Quebec illustrated column for over a month now, and the majority of my articles have been nature-inspired, naturally.


I thought I’d share with you the companion blog posts I’m doing on In these posts, I do several things:

  1. tell more about the illustrations

  2. elaborate on the circumstances in which I was drawing

  3. share more sketches than just the ones published in the paper

Just recently I started sharing extra tips on sketching, like this week’s look at how different types of bees merit different drawing styles.


Here are a couple of excerpts:

“Bees are essential pollinators. Their value to food production in the U.S. alone is worth over $14 billion annually. Human-related pollination aside, bees of all stripes pollinate a staggering proportion of the wild and domestic plants that fill our forests, prairies, and back yards.”


2013_bison summer sketches (26)_bee_clean

You can check out the complete post on bees, and all my behind-the-scenes (or should I say “between the pages”) posts at

And, as always, if you’d like to learn more about how to do this yourself, or with your students, do get in touch!

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