Sweet Smelling Sweet Pea

Summer has come and gone and I can’t help feeling a bit sad :(.  One of the things I miss about summer is the hint of the sweet smell coming from a couple of sweet peas that I cut and put in a glass in my living room.

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Sweet peas are one of those flowers which has many faces. They look slightly different when you turn them around.  It took me a while to take some good photos that capture the right angle for me to draw.  This drawing is a composite of a couple of photos I took from the sweat peas I planted in my back garden.

Ruby Rose

Summer is not complete without roses. Among all of the colours available, I find ruby is the deepest and moodiest. Here is a drawing of a ruby rose on its stem.

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For the flower, I used the gradient tool and layers of different tones to get the velvety effect.

Bonsai!

This is a drawing of a Japanese acer bonsai tree that I took a photo of at a flower show. Like the other drawings I made, I use a lot of gradient and blurring effects.

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Since the leaves in the photo were quite small, I had to refer to a couple more photos of the leaves of the same species.  Here is a sample of the drawings I made for the leaves, which I then scaled down and added on to the tree.

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I also used the Geometry Add and Subtract tools to draw the pot. They make drawing circular and curvy items very easy.

 

 

Roses are red, violets are…

…blue, according to a poem I heard when I was young. Here it goes:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
But not as sweet as you

Awww… so sweet 🙂

However, the violets or violas I planted in my back garden are not blue. They are yellowish and purplish.

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Well, they come in so many colours.  Just like roses, not all of them are red.  Another name commonly used to refer to the same flowers is pansy. Although there are differences between violets and pansies, they are in the same group of species. And undeniably, they have amazingly striking colours.

A Birch Springs Back to Life

After a couple of months in cold weather, this birch tree showed signs of life.  It is always nice and heartwarming to see fresh green buds appearing on an otherwise bald tree.  I guess this is why springtime is always associated with the hope of a new beginning in life.

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Just like my cherry blossom, this drawing was done in two stages.  First, I drew the bare tree and then added on the buds and new leaves.

Here is the detailed drawing of the bud and new leaves,

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and a couple of new leaves on a twig.

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Blooming Cherry Blossom

Every year, between the end of March and the beginning of May thousands of people go to Japan to experience Hanami (translated as ‘flower viewing’), commonly known as the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Around this time, there are spectacular views of cherry blossoms all around the country.  And if you happen to be in Japan or are about to go there, you can check one of the forecasts and guides to these places.  But for those who are not so fortunate, hopefully you can enjoy this drawing 😉

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This drawing took quite some time to complete and was done in two stages.  The first stage involved drawing the bare tree, which was based on a photo I took during winter.  The second stage involved drawing different tones and shapes of leaves and flowers, then combining them together to form bunches, and then placing these bunches all over the tree.  Below are close-ups of two of the bunches.

The species of cherry blossom which is the subject of this drawing is called Kanzan. Unlike most other cherry blossom species, each Kanzan flower contains between 20-50 petals.  This makes the drawing a bit challenging, so I only drew around 10 petals for each flower, not including the middle part which contains the stigma and stamens.  Here are more detailed drawings of the flower,

 

 

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and the leaves.

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