Monthly Archives: January 2012


Robins Image Gallery 2A flock of robins has been feasting on the crab apples in my neighborhood. The weather has been warmer the last couple of days which might account for their increased activity. After seeing them and being reminded that spring will eventually return I was inspired to draw a robin fledgling.

Click the thumbnail to see a larger version and a preliminary drawing.

Materials: Derwent and Prismacolor pencils, Strathmore 80# 400 series paper


Fuchsia magellanica

The fuchsia, while not hardy in the region I live in, can be enjoyed as an annual plant in the garden or in a hanging planter. It attracts hummingbirds which is a nice bonus. If it isn’t obvious I recently received this years catalog from Burpee so planting has been on my mind. I’m not sure I’ll include this in my plans but it was fun to draw the flowers.

Materials: Prismacolor Premier pencils, Strathmore 400 series drawing paper

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Leaf Study

Leaf Study Image Gallery 2As I pursue drawing I always want to challenge myself, to learn new techniques or to learn how to better use the tools that I have. The two drawings I have done are of the same subject – a leaf – but rendered using 2 different methods.

The first was done by creating an underpainting with watercolor pencil then dry pencil was applied over top. The second was done entirely with graphite pencil. The tones in the graphite drawing were achieved by burnishing the layers.

Materials: Derwent Watercolor pencils, Prismacolor Premiere pencils, Strathmore drawing paper, Strathmore 140# CP watercolor paper.

Click the thumbnail to see both versions

Cabbage Butterfly

Cabbage Butterfly Study Image Gallery 2 Today’s sketch is a botanical study of the Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris brassicae). Although not common in the US it is sometimes seen in the northern states. The spots and colored edges were done with a series of finely spaced dots.

Materials: Strathmore 400 series drawing paper, Prismacolor Premiere pencils

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Rosa Rugosa

All along the coast Rosa rugosa (beach rose) grows in abundance. It’s wrinkled flowers and corrugated (rugose, hence the name) leaves are a wonderfully showy display all summer long. In the fall the round hips resemble a tomato. This sketch was done from a photo taken earlier this month when only the hardiest of leaves remain.

Materials: Prismacolor Premiere pencils, Strathmore 80# drawing paper

P.S. Click the thumbnail to see the larger version