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  • Hi Doug – Thank you for the feedback, I see what you mean about the green leaf main vein and secondary veins. The other leaf was very flat – would you suggest a little toning anyway to show it is less flat?

  • Great leaves Susan! Good colors and details! A couple of observations – on the green leaf, the main vein undulates as we would expect, but the thickness varies. Main veins usually are widest at the base and narrow as they head for the tip. The secondary veins stop at mid leaf and it seems they should follow thru to the edge of the leaf. Even…[Read more]

  • Thanks for that advice. Yes I did copy it from Wendys book, so credit to her. In Australia we do have gum nuts, which are a similar shape, but they do not have the same shiny surface. I will draw one of them from life and send it through at a later date.

  • Hi Pam, I really appreciate your detailed comments (I have a science background too, so I like detail!). I followed your suggestion by trying colours on sample drawings of leaves and made tone bars with the 2 main green colours and it makes a difference, Thank you very much.

    • Great leaves Susan! Good colors and details! A couple of observations – on the green leaf, the main vein undulates as we would expect, but the thickness varies. Main veins usually are widest at the base and narrow as they head for the tip. The secondary veins stop at mid leaf and it seems they should follow thru to the edge of the leaf. Even…[Read more]

    • Hi Doug – Thank you for the feedback, I see what you mean about the green leaf main vein and secondary veins. The other leaf was very flat – would you suggest a little toning anyway to show it is less flat?

  • Thanks Doug – I’ll work on that and repost!

  • Fantastic subjects Margaret! You have done an amazing job with these three! The radish on the right is especially jaw dropping!!! My one comment is that the radish on the left does not seem to be carrying it’s weight. I guess one reason is that the colors are lighter and not as bold so it does not have the same impact. It helps having the green l…[Read more]

    • Fantastic subjects Margaret! You have done an amazing job with these three! The radish on the right is especially jaw dropping!!! My one comment is that the radish on the left does not seem to be carrying it’s weight. I guess one reason is that the colors are lighter and not as bold so it does not have the same impact. It helps having the green l…[Read more]

    • Thanks Doug – I’ll work on that and repost!

  • I think this is a perfect time to add some colored pencil. This is already looking great! With sharp colored pencils, you can deepen the browns of those seeds, and add some more contrast to separate out the separate tufts of hairs where they overlap, and then get some of the texture of the seed pod in there. You are doing a great job with this…[Read more]

  • This is already looking so beautiful, Helene! I think I would keep some of the leaves less-worked on. I think they are giving this a beautiful sparkly effect. As far as getting more definition, saturation, and contrast in the leaves where you want them to be more defined, I think you are doing a great job with that cluster of leaves on the upper…[Read more]

  • Love this tree! So beautiful!

  • Thank you for the tip on adding contrasting colours (opposite on the colour chart). I was wondering how to work on these leaves and not have them turn out very similar to each other. I hope that this will be a Christmas card. Any suggestion will be helpful.

    • Thank you for the tip on adding contrasting colours (opposite on the colour chart). I was wondering how to work on these leaves and not have them turn out very similar to each other. I hope that this will be a Christmas card. Any suggestion will be helpful.

    • This is already looking so beautiful, Helene! I think I would keep some of the leaves less-worked on. I think they are giving this a beautiful sparkly effect. As far as getting more definition, saturation, and contrast in the leaves where you want them to be more defined, I think you are doing a great job with that cluster of leaves on the upper…[Read more]

    • Hi Pam, I really appreciate your detailed comments (I have a science background too, so I like detail!). I followed your suggestion by trying colours on sample drawings of leaves and made tone bars with the 2 main green colours and it makes a difference, Thank you very much.

  • Thanks, Pam. I’m moving my seed around. I see what you mean about the current placement.

      • Pam commented on sheila y.'s Photo 1 week ago

        Sheila, I like how you are handling that negative space. That seed is now the main focal point for me since it is so perfectly centered in that negative space. I’d like to see what it would look like if you placed it off center just a bit. I seriously thought these were your subjects and not your drawings. They are incredible.

      • Pam commented on sheila y.'s Photo 1 week ago

        Sheila, These are amazing. You really should have an exhibit.

      • Oh Maureen! I Love this. It’s such a tender sweet drawing.

      • That’s a great way to learn, especially when you can’t find a particular subject. Just make sure in the future to let us know when you are copying someone’s work, and credit the original creator, even if it’s Wendy. You did a great job re-creating these. Those highlights are great!

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