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Sunday, September 27, 2015

sketching sunday

using some color study skills I learned in a botanical illustration class, I only needed to use five prisma colors for this Pelidnota punctata (grapevine beetle) sketch.

light brown - true blue, orange and a touch of canary yellow
dark brown - aquamarine, poppy and a touch of orange

before the class I would have used at least four colors to make up one.  simplifying helps prevent muddied colors and saves time.

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