Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy First Day of Autumn!

A Trio of Buttercup Squash
Prismacolor colored pencil on Stonehenge paper
(click to enlarge)

I love going to the grocery store or farmer's market in the fall. The piles of pumpkins, brightly colored gourds and winter squash are irresistible to me—and such a variety of shapes and colors! Many of these buttercup squash (not to be confused with butternut squash) look like little lidded jars or pots. They're pretty cute, and after we try them for dinner tonight, I'll let you know how they taste!

Here are some shots of my "models" and work-in-progress:

After I do the sketch, I often scan it and print it out at different sizes, so that I can pick just the right size for the final drawing.

Greens are tricky to scan: You can see that the greens are much more accurate in the daylight photo than in the scans...hopefully the final scan at the top of the post shows the true colors, or at least close!

If you're not all squashed out, 
take a look at my drawing of my all-time favorite winter squash here.

Happy First Day of Autumn!


  1. Gorgeous! I just love seeing what you can do with produce!

  2. Wow, the squash look terrific! Wonderful color and shape to them. And they are totally cute.

  3. Beautiful illustration, love the different perspectives.