Coltsfoot Poster, colored pencil on Dura-Lar film, pen and ink, Adobe Illustrator
I spent some time this past quarter volunteering to draw a couple of illustrations for an update to Flora of the Pacific Northwest, a comprehensive book originally published at the University of Washington in the 1970’s.
One of the drawings was of Coltsfoot (Tussilago fanfara). I made a poster out of that drawing for one of my class projects, taking the diagnostic drawing I had done for the book and expanding on it to include a variety of animals that interact with it.
Sunflower in Graphite, graphite on Bristol vellum
Dahlia, colored pencils on watercolor paper.
Snapdragons, Uni-ball pen, watercolor, colored pencils, graphite, Photoshop.
Sunflower, watercolor and colored pencils on watercolor paper, cleaned up in Photoshop.
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 it’s dazzling.
They’re still eye-catching—even beautiful—as they wither and become bedraggled, ghostlike and faded.
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.
Freesia, watercolor pencils, graphite and colored pencils on water color paper, Photoshop.
From a bouquet of spring flowers I bought to put around the house when my wife returned from a recent trip to Michigan.
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.
Two Tulips, graphite on paper, plus Photoshop.