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Bloom Alert! Stinky DBG is officially opening up!

The Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens is in bloom, and here’s a livestream where you can check it out!

The plant’s scientific name is Amorphophallus titanum, and its common name is the Titan Arum. It’s commonly referred to as the corpse flower or corpse plant, however, because of the rotting flesh smell it produces. This is to attract its pollinators, insects that generally feed on carrion.

Narcissus After Lucy Smith

recently, I had the privilege of taking a class at the Denver Botanic Gardens with Lucy Smith, one of the finest botanical illustrators I know.  I was a pen-and-ink course and we spent out time working on narcissus, with a focus on careful observation, accurate measurements and dissections.  I’m very prod of this one and highly recommend Lucy’s classes and artwork.

Pen and Ink/ marker, 11 x 14 inches

Sketches of some cacti and water lillies at the Denver Botanic Gardens today.

Denver folks, with all the rain we’ve been having lately, the gardens are extra beautiful right now.  Go take an afternoon off this weekend to spend time surrounded by super happy plants, y’all.

Ornamental Millet

This is a class project for my DGB portfolio credits.  The class was Randy Raak’s Color in Realism, and frankly, it’s one of the best classes I’ve ever taken.  If you want to learn about the general theory (it’s a bit long to post here), you should really read “Light and Realism” by James Gurney.  actually you should read everything by James Gurney because he’s awesome.

Media: Color Pencil on Mixed Media paper

Size 11 x 14 inches

Time: six hours

Zingiber Officinale

Scientific Plate of domestic ginger drawn for my Portfolio for the Denver Botanic Gardens, which I just graduated from.  Someone bumped my arm ¾ of the way through this one, and i got a big glop of ink on it.  I got it wet and got it out, but took half the paper with it, so i filled in the hole with Gauche and drew over it when it was dry.  See? even if you mess up horribly, it’s not the end of the world.

Media: Quill and India Ink on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Time: 15 hours.

Space Invaders

The teachers at Denver Botanic School of illustration tease me because i tend to draw much faster then the rest of the class.  So I usually get assigned two projects.  There were some really neato Spider orchids on display in Marnie’s pavillion, so I did this Pen-and-Ink piece to keep myself busy.  I might have a problem.

Media: Pen-and-Ink om Mixed media paper.

Size: 11 x 11 Inches

Time: Three hours