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More Garden Alphabet Letters

Over the past few days, I've been working a lot on my Garden Alphabet, and I feel I'm making good progress. I have six letters completed, and sketches for several more. Plus, I've made what I believe will be "final" decisions about some important things, namely, the size of the letters (2.25 inches tall) and the paper (Strathmore Windpower Smooth Bristol). I decided to make the letters larger, so that if I scan them and shrink them on the computer, the lines will look more crisp. (That's the trouble with the markers; they tend to bleed into the paper a bit; I could use marker paper, but I think the colors look better on something more porous).

The other thing I've noticed is that this is good practice for me in really getting down to the essence of my subject. I'm trying to make all of the animals and plants (and fungi) as realistic as possible, but they're so small I have to do it with just a few lines. So far, I'm pleased with them. This is my favorite - Bullfrog:

Bullfrog

The others - D (a newer version), E, H, O and X - can be seen in this Flickr Photoset.

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catlily
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
OK, that Bullfrog is cuter than cute, but I'm embarrassed to say admit that I've never heard of a Xerola.
here_be_dragons
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
LOL! Don't be embarrassed . . . NO one has ever heard of a Xerula, including me. Well, except for a few wacky botanists (unless there's another word for someone who studies mushrooms. Mycologist?). Xerula is a genus of mushrooms; there aren't *any* organisms with common names starting with X, (well, except Xantus' Hummingbird and Xantus' Murrelet; and those are both really LONG) so I figured I'd tried to find a Latin name. It was either that, or some obscure bug that no one's heard of, either, and in honor of Connor, I went with the mushroom. So don't feel bad at all! I'd never heard of it until I went Googling for something starting with X. :)
nice_cup_of_tea
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Hi Herebedragons... Can I ask you a few things about your lj setup? If so, could you pm me your email address? Cheers, Helen aka nicecupoftea
here_be_dragons
Sep. 7th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
YAY! Playing with layouts! I've sent you an e-mail; let me know if it doesn't arrive for some reason (I used the LJ system), and I'll try again. :)
mhchipmunk
Sep. 7th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
These are LOVELY!! So whimsical. I can't wait to see the rest as they come into existance!
dilettantiquity
Sep. 8th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
I love seeing your art; these are great!
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