A 100 BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS IN A 100 DAYS

Three weeks in and I've amassed a whole new collection of illustrations through this project and the commissions I'm working on. My ink lines have become stronger, and I learned how to layer and work with diluting my ink. The one thing I haven't fully figured out yet, are my colours, that one is still a full work in progress, but that's why I still have seventy-nine days left.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Radish

Day 15

Raphanus sativus or radish

Drawn from life

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The size of these could fool you in to thinking I drew turnips or beets, but I'm only trying to fill up the page, so I'll have more room when it comes to colour, detail, and line.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Radish

Day 16

Raphanus sativus or radish

Drawn from reference

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After having drawn round radishes the day before, I hit google up in search for slender and tall ones, and google did not disappoint. After the ink dried, I scanned them in and digitally layered them over each other and a blue/green textured background I made late last year. The white ink drawings are the same as the black ones, just inverted.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Kohlrabi

Day 17

Brassica oleracea Gongylodes Group or Kohlrabi

Drawn from life

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This kohlrabi was ridiculously overpriced for its size, but I saw the potential for a new illustration, so it scored a spot in my cart. I truly enjoyed drawing this one, all two hours of it. Not sure what I'll do with it colour wise, yet, but at the moment I'm happy just to have it as is.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea

Day 18

Pisum sativum or Peas in a Pod

Drawn from life

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I put about three of these in a small paper bag at the shop for the sole purpose of drawing them. Way too much food is starting to hang out at my desk at the moment. Technique is a layering of diluted black ink.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Chicory
TheHungryChild-Illustration-Chicory

Day 19

Cichorium intybus var. foliosum or Chicory, also known as 'witloof' in Flemish

Drawn from life

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Chicory, because I'm Belgian and I had a tingling to pay homage to a Belgian staple. When I was little, I wanted nothing to do with this veg, it was bitter, wether you had it cold or hot, but as I grew up, I did develop a liking for it. I'm not sure if it has to do with a more grown up palate or farmers breeding less bitter varieties, though, I have an inkling it's a mix of both.

Watercolours were digitally layered over the ink drawing, and even though the colours are accurate, there's still something missing, so this one will receive another go later on.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Sea-Kale

Day 20

Crambe marítima or Sea Kale

Drawn from reference

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I saw this gorgeous, bright coloured baby in James Wong's Homegrown Revolution, quite a small photo, but there was something in the colours that hooked me. In the illustration I amped up the colours to an almost psychedelic level, which they're not in real life, but it aided the illustration, so one took priority over the other.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea

Day 21

Pisum sativum or Peas in a Pod

Drawn from life

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A continuation of day 18, and the colours just worked, no fuss, no anything, they simply turned out spot on. So, I guess it's time to draw the other peas I still have tucked in the fridge.

With hunger and love,

Julie

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