Phipps - Annual Flora Project Process

Beech ink drawing
Beech ink drawing

Pencil drawing is transferred to good paper and inked with Micron pens.

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Testing colors
Testing colors

A test image of the leaves is painted with watercolor.

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Final painted leaves
Final painted leaves

Painted leaves on final piece.

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Testing branch colors
Testing branch colors

Trying out test image of the branches and buds with watercolor

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Painting leaves & branches
Painting leaves & branches

Final painting of leaves and branches plus flowers.

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Branch detail
Branch detail

Detail of painted branch.

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Forest painting test
Forest painting test

Trying out forest scene in grayscale. Greys are mixed primaries, not ink!

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Beech final
Beech final

Final American Beech botanical portrait.

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Pawpaw research
Pawpaw research

Research includes books, web, my own photos of specimens, plus testing out stippling and hatching techniques for leaves.

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Pawpaw research @ Hunt
Pawpaw research @ Hunt

Notes from research at the Hunt Botanical Institute. Phipps arranges our annual visit. The library pulls relevant books on each plant.

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Preliminary drawings
Preliminary drawings

Drawings from a pawpaw tree--buds and flowers.

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Preliminary drawings
Preliminary drawings

Drawings from a pawpaw fruit, cut open and with seeds.

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Drawing of pawpaw fruit & leaves
Drawing of pawpaw fruit & leaves

Drawing from life: fruit and leaves, plus color swatches.

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Mockup of the composition
Mockup of the composition

Figuring out the composition and sizing, a composite of prior drawings.

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Final hand-colored print
Final hand-colored print

Solar plate etching of my final composition, hand-colored with watercolors.

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Final sepia print
Final sepia print

Solar plate etching with sepia ink.

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