A 100 BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS IN A 100 DAYS

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Medlar-Ink

Day 22

'Medlar' Mespilus germanica

Drawn from reference

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When I draw from reference I like to mix up the photos I'm referencing, either by having several open in tabs or other devices or by pasting several of my references on a mood board. I like to set this challenge, so that I'm not copying one image. For this medlar illustration, the fruits came from two different reference sources, and so did the leaves, but I took a bit more liberty with the rendition of the leaves, when I saw how artist Sarah Simblet drew a branch of Medlar for her co-authored book: The New Sylva.

The illustration was built by pencils and diluted ink. Drawn with a busted and gnarly pen nib, a newer sharper one, and painted with a soft round number 6 brush. I wrote a little about this fruit in my latest journal entry.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Medlar-Watercolour

Day 23

'Medlar' Mespilus germanica

Drawn from reference

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The colour was built with a mix of homemade food dyes—red and yellow onion peels—Daler & Rowney Acrylic artist ink,  Sennelier's shellac inks, and Mont Blanc green ink (originally bought to fill a fountain pen).

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea
TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea

Day 24

'Peas' Pisum sativum

Drawn from life

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Two versions, two experiments, and still not entirely happy how both turned out, so I'll return to it in a little while and give it another go.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Avocado

Day 25

'Avocado' Persea americana

Drawn from life

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These avocados were almost entirely painted with one colour of ink, a Mont Blanc green ink, that I've been very happy to rediscover in my paint locker. I layered the ink over each and made sure to add extra textured brush strokes in the lighter areas to replicate some of the gnarly avocado bits. The 'almost entirely' part refers to my other medium, black olive brine.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Avocado

Day 26

'Avocado' Persea americana

Drawn from life and memory

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The inside of the avocado was drawn from memory, since I wasn't ready to eat my desk companions yet. It was built up with yellow and red onion skins, pastels, and Daler & Rowney acrylic ink.

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea-Plant
TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea-Plant
TheHungryChild-Illustration-Pea-Plant

Day 27

'Pea Plant' Pisum Sativum

drawn from reference and life

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I drew the plant from reference and digitally added the peas I drew earlier this week. Drawn in ink and built with watercolour and Mont Blanc green ink (that bottle is growing near and dear to me).

TheHungryChild-Illustration-Radish

Day 28

'Radish' Raphanus sativus

drawn from life, colour from reference

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I drew these radishes in week 03 of The 100 Day Project, but the colour was added on day 28. A mix between Sennelier shellac ink and Daler & Rowney acrylic ink, the green of the leaves is a mix between Mont Blanc's green ink, blue Sennelier shellac ink, and a little bit of watercolour based yellow.

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With hunger and love, 

Julie

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