Garlic Scapes – ink and colored pencil

I finally had a chance to do a color version of my garlic scapes drawing from last year. This was done in pen and ink and colored pencil and the image is about 5 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches high. I did the pen work first, using my Rapidograph 3×0 (.25) size nib. I really like the fine line that I get with this size and think it works well when adding color with pencil later. I did do a thicker trace over the outer edge of the stems so it reflects a slightly larger pen size. In the original ink drawing, I had used a size 0 (.35) nib for the stem outline.

For the colored pencil, I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, layering permanent green olive (9201-167) first on the stems, then adding pine green (9201-267), darkening the edges for some form/shadow. I used a light wash of earth green yellowish (9201-168) on the bulbs and some on the stems as well in the lighter areas. Finally, I added some chrome green opaque (9201-174) to darken the stems (they are kind of darker/duller in real life) and then burnished with ivory (9201-103) over the whole thing to blend everything together and dull some of the brighter areas. I think it turned out pretty well and it’s fun to finally see it in color!

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