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A picture a day, day 5: Cell phone

010507-cellphone.jpgCell phone (no. 5): gel pen

To loosen up after yesterday's broccoli, which took about 2 hours, and because I was busy today, I just decided to do a doodle-like sketch of my cell phone, an object I can't do without but which I sometimes dread, like my computers. Done with a 3-color gel pen (red, blue, black) in about 10 minutes.

A picture a day, day 4: Broccoli (actual)

010407b-broccoli.jpgBroccoli (4b): Colored pencil (various

The actual broccoli from yesterday. Photographed with a Nikon D70 using a tripod and natural daylight. The paper is pale ivory, which is what may have thrown off the scanner.

Broccoli (4b)

Broccoli (4b)

Colored pencil (Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d'Ache Pablo)

A picture a day, day 4: Broccoli (sketch)

0104a-broccoli.jpgBroccoli sketch (4a): pencil

I did actually do a color version of the broccoli, but the scanner totally failed to pick up the greens, turning it into a blob of yellow with green bits. I may try to photograph it in the morning when I have more light. For now this is just the preliminary pencil sketch.

A picture a day, day 3: Gala apple

010307-apple.jpgGala Apple: Colored pencil (Faber-Castell Polychromos).

A Gala apple is a medium red with a yellow-green-orange undertone, and quite streaky. Getting that streakiness is rather difficult.

The apple also looks rather lanky.

I haven't really done much with colored pencils before and so far it's a rather frustrating tool But I think I will stick with it for at least a month.

Gala Apple (no. 3)

Gala Apple (no. 3)

A red and yellow Gala apple.

A picture a day, day 2: Three little pigs

Three little pigs (no. 2): Three little sugar pigs, symbols of good luck in Switzerland.Three little pigs (no. 2): Colored pencil (Faber-Castell Polychromos).

This is the Year of the Pig (or more accurately the Boar) for sure, but pigs are a symbol of good luck in Switzerland and other areas of Europe. These are tiny little sugar pigs (about 1cm / 1/3 inch or so wide), flat on one side so they can lie flat on the top of cakes and such.

A picture a day, day 1: Champagne Cork

Champagne cork (no. 1): Champagne cork left over from last night. Actually it was a spumenta from Moldova, Very light, very bubbly. The cork looks somewhat squashed (for real, not just a perspective problem).Champagne cork (no. 1): Colored pencil (Faber-Castell Polychromos).

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