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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve been in the Dryland Mesa garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens for over a week now, so here is a final parting shot (and one of my favorites from the entire trip). How about we move on to a few more spots in the gardens?
Did you miss some of the posts from this garden? Visit the Dryland Mesa tag for all of them.