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Hooray! I’m done!!

Finally, I think I’m done with my oil pastel & ink original croton piece. Just going to tweak a couple of places but otherwise it’s time to photograph this puppy & put it on the website! So glad that’s over. Projects are easier to start than finish, and this took longer than it should have. Will work to finish more this weekend.

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Crotons coming right along

Crotons are my favorite plants. They come either striped or spotted. The yellow striped ones are my favorites by far. When hit by the light & heat of the summer sun, they come ablaze with yellows, oranges, reds & pinks, and when brought inside for the winter they change back to a drab green. They grow wild in Africa. Wouldn’t a hedgerow of these be amazing?!

Anyway, here’s my progress. If I work hard at it I could finish it today. Here’s a before shot as a reminder:

Then as I started adding the green and deepening the values:

The value sketch I did (seen in the previous photo) is very important. This is making sure that I improve upon my photo reference since my drawing isn’t exactly like the photo. (If it were, why bother drawing it?!) I need to make sure that the parts I need to make certain areas pop are as dark as I want them.

If you scroll back on my tagged “drawing” posts (or just click or tap on the “Art Studio” link under “My Pages”) you can see that I did a looser form of this design back in the fall. When I inked the transfer I didn’t expect so much of it to show through as much as it does, but I’ve come to really like this look. I’ll be experimenting with this more in the future. It could become my “thing”, who knows? To happy accidents!

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Starting a new drawing - going to try oil pastels this time. I’m working from a photograph of my beloved croton bush that lived with me in my apartment over the winter and is now back outside. I love its colors, so I thought the leaf patterns would make a good greeting card or a cool area rug. Anyway, we’ll see how this ends up looking. I thought this would be faster than doing it with colored pencil. Sometimes, though, it’s not about fast, it’s about GOOD. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

Starting a new drawing - going to try oil pastels this time. I’m working from a photograph of my beloved croton bush that lived with me in my apartment over the winter and is now back outside. I love its colors, so I thought the leaf patterns would make a good greeting card or a cool area rug. Anyway, we’ll see how this ends up looking. I thought this would be faster than doing it with colored pencil. Sometimes, though, it’s not about fast, it’s about GOOD. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

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