Monday, March 12, 2012
Illustration Friday: Yield
Last summer, we enjoyed a bountiful yield from our vegetable garden.
I fell in love with these beautiful "Royal Burgundy" beans, a variety from Botanical Interests—I adore the artwork on their seed packets! The deep purple beans turn back to green when they're cooked, but they're gorgeous raw, and so much easier to see on the bushes than green ones. (I posted this when I drew it in July, but since it wasn't for Illustration Friday, I thought I'd share it again.)
I actually started out with another drawing for this topic (some lovely oranges from a friend's tree), but am not thrilled with the result:
I used a textured, toned paper, which is usually a fun change for me, but I soon realized that the grey-green paper wasn't a great choice for rendering oranges. You can't layer colored pencil very heavily on this type of paper, so you have to achieve the colors you want with one or two passes instead of the many that I sometimes use. I think that they turned out looking more like peaches than oranges! I did play around a bit with the background, which I tend to leave untouched—something that's good for me to explore, I think. The textured paper does help to create an interesting backdrop. Who knows, maybe I'll try the oranges again on my good ol' white Strathmore Bristol.
Meanwhile, here in Northern California, it's about time to plant seeds for this summer's garden...I can't wait!