Forest Folk

My friend has been spending her Spring break drawing Pokémons for her kids, and told me her son was styling himself Professor Oak. I thought that was funny, so I drew him a flunky to boss around.

Meet the Sapling. He’s a very loyal aide to Professor Oak and always does his job with the utmost seriousness.

However…

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Lots More Knots

Work and life have been taxing lately, but these repetitive, process-driven drawings of knitting have been just what I’ve needed to mentally disconnect from the stresses in my life.

I can play around with texture and color, trying different approaches from one illustration to the next and seeing what effects I can create.

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Knot My Usual Drawing Subject

I’m not sure why, but I had a mind to draw a bit of knitting. My mom really likes to knit, and maybe I was looking at one of the hats she has given me. But I was suddenly seized with the urge to try out the texture of wooly clothing with my pens, markers, and colored pencils.

I drew this yesterday. The colors are mostly Copics (with a tiny touch of Prismacolor colored pencil). The pens are all Pigma microns, black, sepia, and brown. I really like it. I just like looking at it. I was very flattered when my daughter Cassie tried to feel the little bumps.

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A Few Drawings

I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to drawing lately but I did manage to get a few marks on the page in the last few days.

These are all just little things I did to keep myself happy. I try to find some opportunity for creativity even when circumstances conspire against it.

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A Couple of Weird Drawings

I haven’t enjoyed a wealth of inspiration lately, but I have knocked out a couple of strange little drawings.

Here’s a big scary monster full of teeth & tentacles. His maw seems to defy space, receding into some unaccountable place not occupied by an external body. Spooooooky!

This was a little drawing I did of a little burrow through the earth. It was really just a little exercise with a pen. I couldn’t figure out what to place at the opening, so I pulled out the colored pencils and drew a sort of cosmic warp storm or something.

It can’t all be happy little lichens and friendly fungus!

Stump Puffball

I completed a drawing of a spent stump puffball today based upon a fantastic picture taken by my mom.

I like the clouds of white spores on the black background, though the arrangement of all the parts is a little strange. That’s because I had initially placed a shadow under the puffball, which I decided was both poorly executed and made it seem like a specimen on a table. The black portion of the illustration was my solution to the problem of hiding that wonky shadow.

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A Green Goodbye

I found time to draw a bunch of showy turkeytail mushrooms today. A friend at work is retiring and the two of us share a love of and interest in the natural world, so I thought I would make John a little gift. A few of the identifications on my photographs have come from him, and he’s used a couple of my images in his environmental science class.

I still don’t know how turkeytails and other bracket fungus turn green, but maybe John knows. I certainly intend to ask him!

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