Friday, October 24, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - October

An Imperfect Pair

Here's my interpretation of this month's reference photo for Virtual Sketch Date, provided by Belinda Lindhardt.

I cropped the reference photo and experimented with it in coloured pencil on red paper:

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Then I got carried away because I liked the image so much and did it again on black paper, to see how that came out:

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and now I'm doing it on white paper, and then I shall probably try it again with pastel pencils on tinted pastel paper!

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Evergreen Oak

We have lots of these trees along the edge of the promenade here. They have acorn-like nuts and leaves that are bright green when they are first opened but darken to an almost black olive colour, shiny and hard, with a grey underside. These trees are sometimes called 'Evergreen Oak' and sometimes 'Holm Oak' but are, in fact, a holly, or Ilex. In a park or garden setting, these trees are nicely shaped atop a thick trunk, but here along the beach we have scrubby, straggly, gnarly specimens.

I've chosen to take a small sprig here, with immature acorns.

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Polychromos and Koh-i-Noor Polycolour on white cartridge paper. 8 x 10 inches.

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