Month: April 2016

Jake the Lion

Jake the Lion, graphite on watercolor paper. I had the privilege of drawing again today at the Burke Museum’s Mammalogy lab. Jeff, who runs the place, asked me what I’d like to draw, and I gave him only the vague answer of “some kind of interesting skull.” He suggested a carnivore and brought out the skull […]

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Our Walnut Tree

Walnut Tree, notebook sketch with Uniball pen, painted with a watercolor brush in Photoshop. I always wanted a walnut tree. We finally planted one a few years ago, and while it’s healthy, it’s taking its time producing walnuts! Last year we had two or three. Maybe this will be our year? I’ll sketch more over the summer and […]

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Spent Daffodils

Spent Daffodils, graphite and colored pencils on watercolor paper, Photoshop. It’s almost the end of daffodil season. Our family planted dozens of daffodil bulbs on our hillside on Orcas Island a few years ago, and last year my wife planted dozens and dozens more. Now in the spring the fields are dotted with bright yellow, and […]

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Sprig of Little Flowers

Sprig of Little Flowers, graphite and colored pencils on watercolor paper, Photoshop. This little sprig of flowers was growing in our garden. It seemed sweet and simple and was fun to draw—somehow it almost feels like a small “scientific illustration/comic art,” the way it turned out with the pencil lines clearly visible.

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Two Tulips

Two Tulips. Graphite, watercolor pencils and colored pencils on watercolor paper, plus Photoshop. I started with the black and white pencil drawing of these same tulips I did yesterday—I traced the outline of that onto watercolor paper using a light table, because I wanted to create a color version of the same thing.

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Pronghorn Skull

Pronghorn skull from the Burke Museum, Mammalogy Collection, University of Washington, Seattle. Colored pencil on watercolor paper, cleaned up in Photoshop. (Antilocapra american, family Antilocapridae) I wanted to capture the roughness of the sheaths on the horns versus the smoothness of the ivory skull. (Pronghorns shed their sheaths annually, but underneath is a horn made of bone.)

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