Friday, December 18, 2009

Mystery Leaf of the Pompom Tree

The tree of this leaf grows in my yard. I call it the pompom tree because I don't know the species and it has four inch ball-shaped inflorescence with a wonderful scent. Some years the squirrels eat up the flower buds. When the leaves drop, the edges curl back, hiding the serrated edges.

This drawing was my first using finely sharpened pencils. I found it much easier to define a good range of values using only a 2H, HB, and 2H set. Pretty cool considering I've worked with 4B and even 6B grades, which being softer could quite possibly be easier to smudge.

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