Burr Oak Acorn
Side View and Bottom View
Cup Scale Detail
This past weekend, it was so delightful in Texas - high 70's - so not BRRR as it should be in January. Instead, I worked on drawing BURR oak acorns as I continue my distance lessons of Botanical illustration in colored pencil with Wendy Hollender. These are images of a Burr Oak acorn. If you've never seen one, you're in for a treat. These things are ginormous! I got really frustrated with the side view. I had to calm down and do detail on only the 'scale' repeat pattern. The repetition was calming and meditative - one of the many reasons I draw. Once my mind was quiet, I figured out what to do.
After I put the actual acorn up to the drawing did I see that I represented it much too rounded. The acorn cup is much more squared off. So, I'll be doing that again.
The lesson also includes learning pattern from a pine cone. Though I'm in search of pine cones to borrow, I found this Burr Oak cup served as a good starting point.
Can you tell I'm really enjoying these classes? By the way, I felt guilty for sitting outside and drawing all day. Why is that? Why do I feel a level of guilt for doing this? I need to explore that feeling more.
|Burr Oak vs Red Oak Acorn and a dime for size|
|Side View with Actual Acorn|
(and the prior drawings of the Red Oak acorn)