Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tree of life drawing

I finished my little tree of life drawing. I'm not sure how I feel about all the black. Next time I want to try something with deep indigo blue. 

Below are some pictures that I used for inspiration and reference. I hesitated posting them just now because they are amazing and I feared my work might suffer by contrast, but I really wanted to share them too, so I decided to just get over myself.

The tree design below is by English Arts and Crafts designer C.F.A. Voysey. I found it at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The next is by Maud and Miska Petersham, illustrators from the last century whom I really, really love. I wish I knew what book it's from. I found the image on The Lop Shop, which is devoted to all things lop-eared bunny (yes, its true).

This bracelet is by Art Nouveau designer Henry Vever, and can be seen on World's Luxury Guide

The Illustration Friday prompt this week was "slow."  I thought I had at least a little justification for posting this picture there. For one thing, it has a turtle in it. I also though it could be a symbol of the slowly maturing fruitfulness that can happen when we mindfully slow down. Not that I thought about that while I was doing it or feel like that is its essential meaning.


  1. Lovely work!!! Black is not bad (I like black) but indigo would make the tree pop out more!!! Have a lovely weekend!!!

  2. Thank you! I took a look at your blog and your work is charming. I hope to see more!

  3. All the animals are charming, but the hedgehogs are sooo cute! Would love to see more drawings featuring hedgehogs. :)

  4. I know. I don't tend to look at animal pictures and think "Oh, I need," but when I was looking at hedgehogs online to draw them for this, I felt the need. You should google mama and baby hedgehogs. Or maybe you shouldn't....