Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing

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Not snow, but sap. And after you handle the pine cone, you realize the sap is like superglue on your fingers… but it has the most amazing pine scent, so you don’t seem to mind that you’re a mess.  Ha ha ha!

I found this pine cone while hiking and knew it would look great on toned tan paper I purchased recently from Strathmore. Starting with #2 pencil, I outlined the shape of the cone. Next I added a touch of red with a Sanguine Conté Crayon. Taking a #B6 pencil, I shaded the inner parts of the cone to give it depth. Next, I highlighted the edges of the cone with a white Conté Crayon for the sap. Lastly, I outlined with a navy blue sharpie fine tip pen. Usually I use a black Micron pen to outline, however I believe the blue made it pop.

Toned paper is great for shade value practice. Maybe you can find some nature goodies and practice at home!

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8 responses to “Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing

  1. I love the pine cone! I have been wanting to draw and paint one. You have
    inspired me. I have the tan paper and might just try a drawing of my own
    that I collected on a hiking trail.

  2. I agree with Carole … love the pine cone and your points about paper and outlining in pen make sense. No pine cones from me but plenty of other interesting plants/old logs etc.

  3. I love this! It looks so beautiful on that lovely tan paper!

  4. Exquisite, delicate, beautiful– and I swear I could smell pine!!

    Hey, what’s this awful sticky stuff on my screen??? : )

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