Sunday, March 13, 2011

Monkey Puzzle seeds

Monkey Puzzles are one of my favourite trees because they are so unusual and I noticed that they seemed to grow in some very unlikely places. That is until I found out that they were something of a status symbol in Victorian times so you generally only saw them in the gardens or grounds of large houses. There is one growing not too far away from me, in a small park next to a mayor's office, and it was only last week that I discovered what the seeds look like. I picked some up and took them home and then when I Googled for more information, I found out that the trees have either male of female cones so my local tree is in fact a female!

This is a quick little sketch using Winsor & Newton watercolours - mostly Magnesium Brown and Sepia with touches of red and yellow, on Saunders Waterford HP paper.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

New shoes

It's been a while since I drew any of my shoes so I thought it was time they were updated. Styles have changed quite a bit since my last drawing! I loved platforms the fist time round so I'm really pleased to see they are back with a vengence! I like this years big platform/lower heel too so you don't have to break your back trying to walk in them.

Taupe is an interesting colour to try and represent in paint or pencil. I had to mix some yellow, brown and a smidge of red until I got something close. Both of these are painted first and finished with coloured pencil. The black shoe is a mix of Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine, which gives an interesting granulated effect. I used a black Polychromos pencil over that. The paint gave it a chalky surface which felt nice to draw on and really gripped the waxy pencil. The suede areas of the sandal are painted and then lightly shaded with a Taupe Derwent Artists pencil. The rope effect is drawn with a Warm Slate Grey Lyra Rembrandt pencil with a touch of the taupe pencil. On Saunders Waterford HP paper.