|5/4/19 Maple Leaf neighborhood|
A few days ago I showed you my study of a lace leaf Japanese maple that I had made using a bicolor editing pencil (shown below). The two distinct vermillion and Prussian blue hues somehow made it easier for me to interpret the subtle differences in values.
On another sunny day, I passed a different Japanese maple in the ‘hood, so I decided to try it with more realistic colors (above). Without the stark contrast between red and blue, it was a challenge to make the illuminated parts of the tree stand out distinctly against the shaded areas, but I hope I got enough contrast to indicate the light. Although I didn’t give this tree as much detail, it was helpful to have studied the first tree closely because the shape of the leaf clusters was familiar.