Pixie Cup Portrait

It’s been a while since I posted a Nature drawing, but you had to know I couldn’t resist using my art tools to get closer to the pixie cup lichens I found while hiking in the woods a few weeks back. They’re too funny and beautiful to remain just in a photograph.

Drawing of lichens found while hiking and investigating Nature
So alien!

I had a very fun time trying to capture the lichens’ colors & contours, and their dusty surfaces covered in propagules. Balancing a lot of similar colors (I used seven different green Copics, plus a green micron pen!) was also an interesting challenge. Ultimately, I am happy with this drawing, because it made me happy to draw it.

If you haven’t seen the actual pictures of this fantastical symbiote, check out Week in the Woods from Christmas Eve.

I’ve also got a tutorial that breaks down how I do these pen & marker drawings of Nature subjects. Whether or not you use my approach, I encourage you to draw something cool soon, especially if it’s been a while!

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