Sunday, March 18, 2012

An Apple A Day...

So I had to do something green to complete my own premier challenge for The Artist's Play Room this week. I found myself thinking about fruit, I'm not sure if this is because I'm on a diet and fruit with all it's sugar is the first thing to eliminate or whether it's because Spring is here and I know we're only a month or so away from the West Coast blooming with fresh fruit like strawberries. At first I drew up a pear of long necked pears but didn't feel inspired to finish them, I'll probably use my new Prismacolor markers to flesh out their beauty, but that's not what I wanted to do today. I wanted to play with my new Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, in all their (120 piece) splendiforous color! So I did.

I decided to do an apple. Not just any old apple though, I figure if I was gonna draw out an apple, I better make it more difficult and unique. I mean, I did an apple & orange weeks ago. I wanted to do something really challenging and interesting. Here's what I came up with...

Title: "An Apple A Day..."
Artist: Jennifer McLean
I'm thrilled with how it came out! I was surprised to find that the inside of a green apple has green shadows! As I said, I used my new Faber-Castell watercolor pencils to color the sketch. Oh, and I used one of my new Graphitint pencils (graphite pencil lead with a tint of color added, so cool) to do the shadow. The inside flesh of the apple is cream and the lightest green and a warm gray. The outside peal is like more than a half a dozen greens plus a creamy ivory pushed HARD to  smooth out the greens underneath to do the highlight. I also erased the highlight a little too so it was smoother and the pencil crayon "pushed" into the crevices of the paper. The leaf is a wholly different set of greens, I must have like 16 or so greens! And they combine to make even more colors. It was such fun getting the core right, to make it actually look eaten. 

On Tuesday, a fun post talking about all my new supplies and their qualities will go up, until then my bloggy friends... I'll miss you. (I'd miss you a little less if you joined me in my Artist's Play Room, I'd LOVE to see your art! Anything GREEN.)

Talk to you later,

P.S. I'd love some new followers in my linky followers tool, I'll follow back if you leave a comment with your blog and ask me to visit. I'm always happy to discover new friends!
(I'll also be putting this up at Diana Evans' Sweet Saturdays, I love her logo!!)

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  1. Hi Jenn,
    I would be glad to welcome you on my blog @
    Not sure I have enough time this week to follow your challenge but I sure will later on !
    cheers from France !

  2. what a beautiful job on this apple and those pencils sound like so much fun!

  3. Very nice job on the apple. We have Granny apples that grow out in back. Great job.

  4. Your apple looks great. I'd have taken a bite out of it, too.

  5. Wow... that apple looks like it tasted marvelous! ;) Great job! Warmly, Tracy

  6. This is beautiful! Do you work? If you don't and that's okay, I wish I didn't have too, but if you need a job , just put a resume together and stick this apple on the front of it and you should land an illustrators position in no time!
    I love to sketch and paint and draw, but nothing I do resembles anything "real" or I should say so photo like.
    Maybe that's because I don't work in "real" time. I tend to like whimsical, altered, and crazy stuff! ;)
    Your picture makes my mouth water for an apple!

  7. OMgosh girl your apple is awesome! It's perfectly beautiful & I chuckle at you selecting an eaten apple! So cool & interesting! LOVE it! :D
    and i agree with Kim.. you could land an illustrators positon in no time... or illustrate a childrens book!! You are an amazing talent Jenn!!

    :) Diane

  8. Amazing one! I still have to improve my pencils skills. :))

  9. wow, this is beautiful, you have such a talent.

  10. That apple looks so real you could eat it. Thanks for sharing how you did it. I have learnt so much from blogs.
    Von :)

  11. That apple looks so great, and especially the flesh where you really captured some delicate shading and colour work.... love those pencils and how they let you get such detail and not sacrifice colour... just curious if you have tried using hot pressed paper... you get even finer detail with hot pressed paper... I used to use cold pressed all the time, but totally hooked on the hot pressed now...xx


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