Friday, April 21, 2006

Hon-Shimeji mushrooms - a drawing

Every now and again I give in to the urge to draw something very precise in graphite. I found these Hon-shimeji mushrooms at the supermarket earlier this week and they've proved to be a fascinating subject to draw - even though they began to dry out overnight and needed to relax in a bowl of water before we settled down for the second sitting............

This is mechanical pencil on a sheet of Arches HP watercolour paper 9 x 12 inches.

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  1. Beautiful graphite drawing Katherine. I can see why these intrigued you. They are a drawing waiting to happen. There is something fascinating about small versions of anything.

    I love also how your links educate me futher. Thank you!

    I haven't come across these mushrooms here yet, but then again, living on a small island, exotics are the rarity rather than the norm. All part of the charm...

  2. Making drawings like this one (I mean, precise, tight, smooth) is such a meditative enterprise. Nice rendering.

  3. Very beautiful. I love the subtle tones you've achieved in this.

  4. Thanks ladies. Laura - you had it spot on - there's something very satisfying and meditative about pushing graphite around a piece of good quality paper...

  5. I've been looking at the mushroom drawing again and again. I find it impressive.

    I was wondering about the darker areas on the right side and bottom of the sheet. Are these part of the drawing, or an effect of the photograph? It seems to me that this "shading" contributes to the drawing, especially along the bottom edge.


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