Today I’ve had my drawing materials out.
My One & Twenty focus is a simple exercise to get me drawing. I pick something, observe it for one minute and then spend twenty minutes drawing it. The idea is that I don’t get too immersed and concerned about making mistakes and I should be able to do it more frequently as I’m not investing huge amounts of time.
A few days ago I picked up a dead Banksia pod. I’ve always liked them and, as I walk my dog daily, I watch the emergence of the flower, the beautiful colours, the gradual decline and then the formation of the dried husk. They are weird and wonderful things.
But then this amazing country is full of all sorts of plants that result in stunning dry nuts and pods as they age and dry each season.
Pencils are my preferred option and, using an HB and 2B, after 20 minutes I came up with this:
I thought it was quite a reasonable start and, as I had some time (a miracle in my life!), I chose to continue. Fast sketching hasn’t managed to lodge itself in my brain yet so I spent about another hour working on it.