This past weekend I was inspired to do a quick color illustration with three pears came home from the grocery store. Love that the size, color, and value are all different. Since this is the first time that I rendered pears using Copic Markers, the results are not quite as successful as I like my work to be. On the other hand, it is always good for me to work with a new subject so I can be expanding my rendering skills.
It was fun to practice a bird illustration with my Copic Markers. This is a Red-Winged Black bird hunched down on top of a Sorghum plant. When using the darker marker hues on the bird, I was careful to include lighter highlights. Also, when I added the first gold marker to the background, the value was too light. I decided to add a taupe marker right on top. This created a better value against the bird and the two different marker hues added more interest to the background.
It was fun to add color to my cone flower line drawing using Copic markers. My goal was to mix several different color markers to create a realistic rendering. I bought a container of cone flowers at the grocery store which was great to use as my visual reference for the marker color inspiration and free hand drawing.
Always enjoy working with a series of similar subjects. Here are a pair of Copic Marker rendered flower images. I find that my drawing and rendering work will improve as I play around with the same subject. I tend to let go of focusing on technique which frees me up to move into the expression of the image.
Super busy time for me so I quickly sketched fresh flowers that I got at the Black Mountain tailgate farmers’ market from the Urban Farm Girl booth. Elaine and Bryan supply organically grown cut flowers, raised from seed to bloom to the community for community for weddings, special occasions and events. Check out their website with beautiful images of the flower arrangements, Urban Farm Girl.
For these line drawings I used Conte crayons to add color and then took snap shots of the drawings on my phone.
Love my opportunity to create illustrations for the Plough & Pantry magazine, which is a Farm-to-table living in the mountains and the foothills publication. This illustration was included in “Milkweed: Critical for monarchs, beautiful for your garden” article. Fun to explore the monarch cycle and the connection it has to milkweed. Cheers!
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