Using colored pencil & technical pen, I drew a different crop of pixie cups today. These I found with Cassie on our first hikes of 2020. There’s a close relationship between my time in the woods, my efforts in photography, and my drawings of Nature. I wrote about it here. It makes me happy to know exactly where these little lichens live, and what Cassie was getting up to as she pottered around while her dad took a few pictures.
These little subjects, moss, lichen, woodgrain, mushrooms, etc. exhibit colors, patterns, textures, and volumes that I enjoy trying to capture in my artwork. I definitely don’t feel I’ve mastered it.
I’ve had good luck finding natural treasures out in the woods during the early weeks of Winter, and some of them have readily lent themselves to my drawing hobby. Sometimes it feels like I draw the same things time & again, but I enjoy it and I’m still trying to get it just right.
These colorful turkeytails Cassie & I found last week. I might have embellished them a little… I didn’t have any grey pencils so the blues are pretty powerful. The little guy in the upper right got a bit overworked, but otherwise I’m pleased with a couple hours enjoyment.
I found time for a little drawing today. And it is little, about five square inches. I like compact and small images and often start an illustration by tracing around the base of a coffee mug or roll of tape.
Of course my new favorite lichens were so rad that I had to draw some more.
This little drawing uses colored pencils, where I had used Copics for color the first time. In the past several months I’ve used this set up (microns, white gel pen, and colored pencil) for my Lovecraftian microbes, but not for real subjects. It’s what I had on hand, though, and it worked out great.
I’ll definitely be drawing these again, I’m sure. I’d like to find some more so I have more reference material!
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.
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.
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!