|2/28/20 Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelles in Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook|
Neither of us is hot on bell peppers, so we don’t buy them. Whenever I’m in the produce area, though, I look at them longingly, thinking about how much fun they would be to sketch – all those shiny, complex, curvy contours and vibrant hues. This week I had the ideal opportunity: Bell peppers were assigned in my botanical drawing class!
Before class, I sketched in my usual way with watercolor pencils. As expected, the rich colors and reflective surfaces were a fun challenge.
|3/1/20 Prismacolor Art Stix in Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook|
The second one was done with Prismacolor Art Stix with looser color and less detail. It was also fun, but challenging in a different way. I kept wanting to make it sharper, but the flat, dull edges of the Art Stix wouldn’t let me. It’s fascinating to me that it’s so challenging to be loose.
Finally I took the pepper to class. I enjoyed this assignment more than any other in this class so far. In addition to being fun and challenging, it was deeply satisfying to render all those curving contours and subtle changes in value with graphite.
I’m not done with the pepper, though. In fact, I have a green one in the fridge, too. I’m sure I have a few more sketches coming before they go bad.
|3/2/20 graphite on Strathmore Bristol 300 smooth|