Great Garden Sketchabout #23: Succulent Garden

April 3, 2011

2 April, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Succulent Garden. 5×8″, Derwent graphite pencil; Staedtler watercolour pencils.  Keen to capture the lovely tonal contrast, light and shade, given intermittent bursts of sunshine on these prickly pear ‘circles’ and ‘ellipses’. My natural inclination is to do a close-up capturing the spines, but for a change I thought I’d try to convey a sense of the ‘whole’ plant.

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