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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Warm Colors on a Cold Morning

I wanted to quickly transmute my new memories of a weekend in the woods with friends into something durable and creative, so I continued my turkeytail streak and completed a small mushroom drawing during Cassie’s nap yesterday.

This illustration is a sort of collage of mushrooms drawn from a natural grouping. Sometimes I grab one or two from one region, a few more from another, and combine them to my liking. It helps me pare down a large mass of fungi into an elegant little arrangement.

I liked the warm, muted, yellow hues of these mushrooms, and while I didn’t quite have the colors in my small collection of Copics to reproduce what I found in Nature, I blended what I had available to try to capture some of the feeling of the originals. I was also trying to be more economical with my micron pen this time, which is difficult for me, as I like a lot of tiny, busy linework.

I’ve managed to fall into a really productive, creative routine lately, in which numerous hobbies and loves are being mutually nurtured, my motivation is high and my stress low, and I’m happy to share with you the yield of my efforts. If you’ve been following along with my journey by checking out my frequent posts to ToadChapel, I hope you’ve found it enjoyable, too. And thanks!

Mushrooms for Mom

Having forgotten on two occasions to hand this over to my mother, I finally gave her something special I’ve been sitting on for many weeks.

Mom is a talented artist who is making time to do more and more drawing in recent months, so I gave her a blank journal to house her illustrations, writing, and other creative or personal output. Like her son, she nurtures interests in Nature, mushrooms, weird natural shapes & textures, and more in her art. To push her a little in that direction, I added the above turkeytails to the first page with an inscription. I had fun making it and even more when I finally got the chance to let it go.

Love you, Mom!

Is That an Ent?

I found a wonderfully rumpled birch tree last week which I knew would be fun to draw. It had nice rolled bark, a mix of textures, and… a face!

I like the contrasting vertical and horizontal lines in this drawing, along with the tattered sheets of bark sort of exploding out at you. I kept it pretty clean in order to preserve that effect, forgoing some of the gnarly bits found on the tree itself.

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Pencilled Pixie Cups

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.

Thanks for having a look!