Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dull and Rough

1/21/19 avocado and satsuma

One reason you see so many apples, pears and tomatoes on my blog is that they are all shiny and have smooth surfaces. Because of that, I find them relatively easy to draw realistically because the highlights are bright and solid, and even the reflected light is smooth. Much more challenging are dull, rough surfaces, so I find myself resisting other regularly available produce on our kitchen counter, such as this avocado and satsuma. It was time to stop resisting and get some practice.

1/23/19 satsuma leaves
The satsuma’s leaf, too, proved to be difficult – more so than I expected – another thing I need more practice on. A couple of days later, several leaves had fallen off the satsumas, so I grabbed a few from the counter. It’s very challenging to get the curls and the many tiny form and cast shadows right.

1/23/19 satsuma leaves


  1. You did a great job on the bumpy texture of the avocado, as well as the shining highlight. Curled leaves are always a fun subject as they twist and turn and the shadows appear. Well done!

    1. Thanks! It was all very challenging and enjoyable! I'm going to start shopping for more dull produce. ;-)


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