As a wildlife illustrator I mostly make identification plates. When representing a species in a single image, you want it to have the characteristic posture, perfect plumage, fur or skin. I aim to combine all typical aspects of a species in one ‘perfect’ specimen. By observing and sketching a species in its natural habitat, you get to know and understand its ways. Therefore, I feel that fieldwork is essential to capturing the essence of a species in the final illustration. Looking through a spotting scope I make (visual) notes of the animals I’m studying. This field journaling together with my digiscope footage will help me in the studio to create the final piece.