Imitation as flattery 

I have been looking for the type of plant Wil Freeborn sketched in lesson 2 of his book, but without success. So I decided just to do a sketch that copies how example in the book. Figures, today I was at my local favourite coffee/lunch spot and the centrepiece was one of these plants. I’ll have to go back and sketch it.

But, the point of this exercise was actually choosing a background. So here is my attempt and the actual book.

Lessons learned: I prefer textured watercolour paper to the paper in this sketchbook; I now have a sense of how professional quality paint differs from “student” quality. I find it easier to lift the colour to create small highlights.

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