WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES via Joh Del on Etsy
Illustrator and graphic designer Johan de Lange, aka Joh Del, creates detailed botanical illustrations of indigenous flora.
One of Johan’s most recognisable pieces is the Flowering Plants of South Africa fine art print, featuring a collection of 85 interesting and useful South African plants.
Not only a work of art, the piece also includes the plants’ scientific names, aiding in identification, and features the bugs and critters used for pollination, too. The original work took three months to complete, from research to sketching in pencil, drawing in ink and printing. “Inspired by historical botanical illustrations, I wanted to create a classic botanical chart in a fresh style that is beautiful as a work of art, but also functions as a practical chart for identifying the flowering plants,” says Johan.
Joh Del’s Etsy shop also stocks a collection of imaginative cities, birds, woodland scenes and a colouring book.
See more of his work on Instagram.