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Swallowtail + Succulent (image)

Sharing a happy picture of a swallowtail and a succulent! I was lucky enough to get this picture on a walk.

(Showing going outside has more benefits that one originally anticipates.)

Also, I’m working on submitting poetry out today! What are you working on? ♥

Purple Iris (Digital)

Purple Iris (Digital)

I was looking through some photo albums a few days ago, and spotted this lovely picture of a dark purple wild iris.

Wild Iris - Reference Photo

Using the new Cintiq I was given, I decided to try to draw it. Even though there are artistic liberties in this picture, I like it!

The start of the image, working in the major color groups.


Wild Iris - Beginning


And the end of the image for now, with color groups filled in, as artistic and free as I believe is effective. You will note that the background is filled in with more visually interesting bright spots of color, too.



Wild Iris - Final with Background



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Daily Sketch – Day 26

Daily Sketch – Day 26

I got some time and some energy to draw today. I felt like focusing on getting back to building skills with a portrait. This sweet picture, named “Rosemary” gave me a ton of confidence. I was very loose and open during the experience of drawing. To enable right-brain thinking, I put a song on repeat, which helped me focus. I played with the lines in the hair, and used a recently-released brush from Sketchbook Pro intended as a leaf pattern to make some cool freckles!

Day 26 – “Rosemary”

Daily Sketch - Day 26, Rosemary

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Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

Six Succulents (digital art, version 2 / WIP)

This is the second round of working this picture of succulents. I originally made a less realistic version of it here.


It was colorful and fun, focusing more on the bright-color aspect and less on the real, true-to-form colors of the succulent. I told myself I’d come back to work using the very same reference image but doing it in a different style. And this is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress, but here are some images from the working second version.

Six Succulents - v.2 WIP, Full Image

The working second version. There is still cleaning and refining to do. But note the realistic style I’m aiming for, aside from the pink outline — which I like as a contrast from the dark green.

Six Succulents - v.2 Center Succulent
A zoom-in of the center succulent.














Six Succulents - v.2 Side-by-Side Plants

Side-by-side zoom-in shots of two succulents in the image.


Six Succulents - v.2 Highlighted Edges
Highlighted edges with pink lines. It’s fun to see the underlines and structure without the color.



A zoom-in of a succulent, colored. With the original gray lines and pink overlapping + highlighted edges.

In another post, I show the lines from the image with various background colors. It’s fun to play with the original lines of a drawing and explore all of the possibilities. You can see that here.

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