I love drawing the texture of an orange peel. It requires a very light touch and some time spent looking deeply at surface light and shadow. These studies in pencil are a preliminary to a color illustration that will combine all four. Can you name them all? (The answers are at the end of this post.)
The first sketch is a satsuma. The second is a satsuma, partially peeled. The third is a Meyer lemon. The fourth is a pair of kumquats. Now I’m hungry.
…and just in time for spring planting, here’s my first printable garden calendar page. (I’ll have April ready to post in a few days.) This is my little gift to the world, and I will gladly send a pdf file, as each new page is completed, to anyone who asks. March is ready for you this very minute, so drop me a note at email@example.com . Enjoy!
‘Ruby Red’ Swiss chard, with its crinkled leaves and richly colored stems, is almost as much fun to draw as it is to eat. This year, instead of the traditional pot of New Year collards simmering on the stove, our first supper of 2012 was a chard and feta pie, incorporating ingredients from our winter garden. I love chard’s delicate spinach flavor and its prolific growing habit – plus, those lovely leaves are packed with Vitamins A, K, C and protein. And did I mention that fairies like it, as well?
This little drawing is colored pencil on acid-free vellum cardstock. Brilliant white with a smooth surface and a little more heft than drawing paper, premium cardstock makes a terrific sketching medium. Try it — you’ll be pleased.
Came across this older sketchbook page this morning… I’ll be on the lookout for oakleaf hydrangeas coming to life this month:
I rarely see oakleaf hydrangeas in our city. But its kissing cousin, the bigleaf hydrangea, blooms in pink and blue abundance all through our long, humid summers. No matter what your favorite hydrangea might be, it’s time to plant them this month if you live in Alabama.
Our local sketchers jumped the gun on Worldwide SketchCrawl Day (most cities will host the popular drawing marathon this Saturday). We had a very good reason for deviating from schedule: director Ivan Richardson recently invited us to sketch actors performing a full dress rehearsal of “The Lion in Winter.” Who can resist an opportunity to sketch 12th- Century costumes? Not me.