Justine Lee Hirten is creating natural science illustrations and wildlife art
31

patrons

$143
per month


About me

I am a science illustrator and naturalist located in the Northeastern US. I do a lot of bird art and work in traditional and contemporary styles to create images that share the intricacies of nature and the individuality of its wild inhabitants.
This Patreon is brand new. I will be using this space to share works in progress, experimental works, Photoshop downloads (mostly brushes and textures), tutorials, and videos. Your pledges will help me devote more time to my personal projects and allow me to connect more with my followers — thank you!

Available downloads:
• Brush Pen Set (free)
• 
Various Ink Brushes (free)
• 
Various Ink Brushes (free for big birds only)
• 
Pastel Brushes (free)
• 
Pastel Brushes (free for big birds only)
• 
Gouache Brushes (free for patrons only)

🌿All downloads can be found in my Gumroad shop


About my work

My focus at this time is on understanding local animals and habitats in my area. I am interested the common and everyday sorts of plants and animals we pass by in our daily lives and the wild areas among our neighborhoods that need protection from human development. After working as a wildlife rehabilitator for 7 years I have witnessed all of the conflicts between humans and animals that occur all around us as we try to learn to share our spaces with one another. Every animal I have ever worked with is an individual with unique presence and importance, and I strive to illustrate my subjects with the same depth and character that I have known in them personally. By expressing this I hope to inspire compassion and appreciation for them and their world so we can see local wildlife as an extension of our own community.

I enjoy working in a range of styles and mediums, I will share both traditional media and digital work here. I primarily work with gouache, watercolor, and acrylic mixed media, and for digital artwork I use Photoshop CC and a WACOM Intuos 4 tablet. I also do a lot of sketching and my sketchbook will be prominently featured in my posts here. Resources and tutorials for both traditional and digital media will be a part of my Patreon posts for contributors. There will also be public posts with general updates and additional free content.

About the rewards

I will post at least one free post available to non-patrons per month to check in with news and show recently completed projects, and occasionally I will include free mini-tutorials and selected brush/texture downloads in public posts. I want to share a bit with all of my supporters; even if you are unable to be a patron your support as a follower means a lot to me and I want to share my work with you.
Tiny Birds get more access to behind the scenes progress/previews and selected sketchbook scans. I am working to have at least one Tiny Bird post per week.
Little Birds get full access to the sketchbook — every single page scanned and shared including notes, roughs, and ideas. I am working to have at least one Little Bird post per week.
Big Birds get full access to extended tutorials and complete sets of brushes and textures, plus private artist Q+A posts to help generate more exclusive material for this reward tier. I am working to have at least one Big Bird post per month.


Natural Science Illustration Discord Server

I also am running a new Discord server for natural science illustrators! Your pledges will help me give more time to this effort. All are welcome to join the server — students, pros, wildlife artists, scientists, naturalists, or anyone else with overlapping interests. This server is brand new, the roles and content will be developed further in the coming months. Join link is here: https://discord.gg/ntwaa8B

Thank you for your support

You can find me elsewhere  •  instagram @justine.lee.hirten •  tumblr @justineleehirten •  website justineleehirten.com
Tiers
tiny bird
$1 or more per month 16 patrons
Patrons-only content: Tiny birds get to view my private Patreon posts including progress images, previews of upcoming artwork, and selected scans from my sketchbook.
Includes Discord rewards
little bird
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
Sketchbook access: Little birds get full access to my sketchbook pages including field sketches, studies, notes, and rough concepts. 

+ everything in previous tier

Includes Discord rewards
Big bird
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
Downloads: big birds get full downloads of my original Photoshop resources including custom brushes and textures (full sets). I will also provide private Q+A posts for Big Birds and use it to provide additional exclusive content for this tier. Thank you!

+ everything in previous tiers

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$143 of $250 per month
GoPro
This milestone will help me purchase a GoPro camera so I can record and share more videos of sketching and painting.
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About me

I am a science illustrator and naturalist located in the Northeastern US. I do a lot of bird art and work in traditional and contemporary styles to create images that share the intricacies of nature and the individuality of its wild inhabitants.
This Patreon is brand new. I will be using this space to share works in progress, experimental works, Photoshop downloads (mostly brushes and textures), tutorials, and videos. Your pledges will help me devote more time to my personal projects and allow me to connect more with my followers — thank you!

Available downloads:
• Brush Pen Set (free)
• 
Various Ink Brushes (free)
• 
Various Ink Brushes (free for big birds only)
• 
Pastel Brushes (free)
• 
Pastel Brushes (free for big birds only)
• 
Gouache Brushes (free for patrons only)

🌿All downloads can be found in my Gumroad shop


About my work

My focus at this time is on understanding local animals and habitats in my area. I am interested the common and everyday sorts of plants and animals we pass by in our daily lives and the wild areas among our neighborhoods that need protection from human development. After working as a wildlife rehabilitator for 7 years I have witnessed all of the conflicts between humans and animals that occur all around us as we try to learn to share our spaces with one another. Every animal I have ever worked with is an individual with unique presence and importance, and I strive to illustrate my subjects with the same depth and character that I have known in them personally. By expressing this I hope to inspire compassion and appreciation for them and their world so we can see local wildlife as an extension of our own community.

I enjoy working in a range of styles and mediums, I will share both traditional media and digital work here. I primarily work with gouache, watercolor, and acrylic mixed media, and for digital artwork I use Photoshop CC and a WACOM Intuos 4 tablet. I also do a lot of sketching and my sketchbook will be prominently featured in my posts here. Resources and tutorials for both traditional and digital media will be a part of my Patreon posts for contributors. There will also be public posts with general updates and additional free content.

About the rewards

I will post at least one free post available to non-patrons per month to check in with news and show recently completed projects, and occasionally I will include free mini-tutorials and selected brush/texture downloads in public posts. I want to share a bit with all of my supporters; even if you are unable to be a patron your support as a follower means a lot to me and I want to share my work with you.
Tiny Birds get more access to behind the scenes progress/previews and selected sketchbook scans. I am working to have at least one Tiny Bird post per week.
Little Birds get full access to the sketchbook — every single page scanned and shared including notes, roughs, and ideas. I am working to have at least one Little Bird post per week.
Big Birds get full access to extended tutorials and complete sets of brushes and textures, plus private artist Q+A posts to help generate more exclusive material for this reward tier. I am working to have at least one Big Bird post per month.


Natural Science Illustration Discord Server

I also am running a new Discord server for natural science illustrators! Your pledges will help me give more time to this effort. All are welcome to join the server — students, pros, wildlife artists, scientists, naturalists, or anyone else with overlapping interests. This server is brand new, the roles and content will be developed further in the coming months. Join link is here: https://discord.gg/ntwaa8B

Thank you for your support

You can find me elsewhere  •  instagram @justine.lee.hirten •  tumblr @justineleehirten •  website justineleehirten.com

Recent posts by Justine Lee Hirten

Tiers
tiny bird
$1 or more per month 16 patrons
Patrons-only content: Tiny birds get to view my private Patreon posts including progress images, previews of upcoming artwork, and selected scans from my sketchbook.
Includes Discord rewards
little bird
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
Sketchbook access: Little birds get full access to my sketchbook pages including field sketches, studies, notes, and rough concepts. 

+ everything in previous tier

Includes Discord rewards
Big bird
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
Downloads: big birds get full downloads of my original Photoshop resources including custom brushes and textures (full sets). I will also provide private Q+A posts for Big Birds and use it to provide additional exclusive content for this tier. Thank you!

+ everything in previous tiers

Includes Discord rewards