Fat Rosehips

I saw some big, fat rosehips in Queens Park. They looked so inviting in the late autumn sun, I made a quick sketch of them and later put on a wash and used my pen.

Quick watercolour sketch with pen, 17 by 19cm

A Full Table

I stylised a still-life based on a friend’s table.  I kept the palette limited to a narrow range and repeated the colours to anchor the parts together.

Watercolour, inktense pencils and black pen, 19.5 by 14.5cm

Carrot scape

I drew carrots on a plate, then used pastel pencils to put colour on them. I kept to the real colours and shadows. From a shortish distance, it looks like the landscape between the towns of Clinton and Balclutha in a dryish summer.

Pastel pencils, 13 by 15cm

Carrotty scapes, two tones

A few carrots on a plate were the subject of this sketch.  Again, I worked with them in different hues to see if it changed the results.

Grey: Derwent sketching and wash pencils; Sepia: Derwent inktense sepia pencil and wash; 6 by 12cm

Brocco scapes, two tones

I had a plate of broccoli bits, I drew and then shaded them. I wanted to see if my impression of them would change if I changed the tone I used. Hence the two similar drawings in the two different hues.

Sepia: Derwent inktense sepia pencil and wash; Grey: Derwent sketching and wash pencils; 7.5 by 12.5cm


I drew a section of a plate of corn and small pumpkins. I put in the shading on the vegetables and something like a landscape appeared. I darkened the negative shapes and applied a wash.

Pencil and wash, 18 by 14cm



As with the previous two drawings posted, I tried the same technique with an artichoke using the negative spaces in the outside of the artichoke.  I think it gave an interesting effect.

Pencil and wash with pen outline, 12 by 21 cm