This post is about drawing a stick.
A stick of sassafrass.
For the first year or two of growth, sassafrass bark is green and fairly smooth.
As time passes, browns and tans of mature bark “invade” the green juvenile growth.
The transition stage, part green new bark and part mature bark, is really interesting.
That transition stage has been the subject of my most recent drawing.
Here’s my stick setup, under the drawing lamp, with the two paper “L” shapes used to find and frame the final image.
The first step was to get proportions and their relationships drawn on tracing paper.
The tracing paper image is transferred to good quality illustration board.
I often make a test card, to help choose colors and to test ideas for the drawing.
Colors are built in gradually.
This next image is about a third or half way from “done”.
Here, the stick is about three-quarters done.
And here is the finished piece.
Some friends remarked that the drawing seems as a miniature world seen from above, that the new “old” bark looks like islands in a sea of green.
So, I guess it is time to say,
“Thanks for visiting the Sassafrassian Archipelago.”