Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Seed Pod

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My mother sent me a picture of this plant from South Africa. It made a wonderful reference. I have illustrated it and painted it. I used a few tricks here. The texture on the seed pod was created using clingfilm which is left over the wet paint until the paint dries. Very useful for subtle effects. I also dropped salt onto the background whilst the paint was wet of course. This results in fantastic 'star bursts'. It is always tempting to use more salt than you need. A few grains will do the trick.

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