One of my favorites so far. I Chose this subject because I felt like I need to work on drawing/ painting foliage (still need more work). I used both marker and colored pencil. I have realized that one of the things that really brings leaves and foliage to life is the shadows and veining and I need to pay more attention to making them stand out.
I so didn't like this subject while I was working on it. I think I was tired of working in green from the day before and the pea just seeming boring. I decided to do the same image in three different mediums since it was so small. The marker one was a fail and looks like a pickle :) Those markers just aren't meant for drawings on such a small scale. Really like the way the cross-sections (done in water color) came out and want to include more of this view in future renderings. I think the range of values from white to the dark shadow green are what make it look good.
I found cauliflower to be a tricky subject. The leaves were fun and I am happy with how they turned out but trying to paint something that is "white" is always tricky. That and I wasn't really sure how much detail I wanted to capture and exactly how to go about doing that. I had an after thought that perhaps using one of my natural sponges to emulate the texture might have been cool?
I am struggling a bit right now because I am feeling limited by my supplies. I am not a huge fan of using the watercolor cakes for this kind of work. They are more suited to writing and patterns and things where I don't need to blend colors. While the paper in this book is nice, it just isn't watercolor paper and doesn't allow for the blending and bleed that I would be getting otherwise. So with that said I am going to trying to figure out what I want to get out of this. Loose vs. detailed? Shadows and highlights? Color experimenting? Starting point for more finished work for prints? Should I start transferring some of the work to watercolor paper and illustrations to make into prints? We shall see :)