Sunday, March 19, 2006
Red Mustard Top
Sketching the reverse side of the red mustard leaf was fun -- but the TOP of it was particuarly challenging. I sketched it in pencil and found that by using my eraser, I could achieve a softer value contrast I really liked. I then ran the scanned image through my printer onto watercolor paper (thanks, Karen, for the idea!). But since I only have an inkjet printer, I had to work through and swipe off as much of the ink as I could. I added watercolors to attempt that deep purple-magenta of the leaf. I scanned the image again -- then decided to add some ink for veins. I like each of these sketches for various reasons ... do YOU have a preference?
BTW, I had some questions about this vegetable, so I'm including a link to our state university for additional information. It really is delicious, and YES, ya'll are invited to dinner!