Freezing temperatures gave way to an afternoon near 70 degrees on Saturday, ensuring that Cassie & I would find time to explore a few of our favorite trails. We had a good day hunting mushrooms & other interesting stuff!
I brought my macro lens into the woods again, something I just started doing but now feel I almost can’t do without. I’ve come to really enjoy it, and today got some fun shots of a few miniature beauties, such as these… I’m not sure whats. I’ll watch to see if they grow. Maybe they’re some sort of tooth fungus. I love their frilly lace hemline!
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!