Traditional Pen & Ink – sketching Banksia, Day 7

August 29, 2011

Having opened the handbound sketchbook with dried specimens, I thought I’d move the focus to the dried seedpods. Here’s my first go: difficult to render in pen and ink because the seedpods are entirely in charcoal greys and browns which are nearly black. But this is, after all, a sketchbook – warts and all!

This first seedpod is a small one; other longer ones show the natural geometry to better effect. More of that anon!

The stylized geometric pattern to the left comes from a Gustav Klimt painting, currently on show in Melbourne. It’s chair upholstery fabric, accompanying the full-length figure.


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