Friday, November 18, 2011

Holly and Ivy Update

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

Ok...I just had to get that out of my system because it's been bouncing around in my head all week ...

It's been a challenge for me to remember to stop and photograph the creative process of this illustration. I've gotten so wrapped up in it that I keep forgetting to document everything in photos! Oh, well...I did manage to take a couple of pics with my phone to share.

This was just before I began layering the Faber-Castell polychromos base green color of earth green yellowish on the holly leaves. The additional colors used for these leaves are permanent green olive and cadmium yellow.

All the leaves still have lots more defining and detailing needed before they're finished. The colors for the ivy that I'm using are chrome oxide green(a near perfect color match to the ivy in my garden) and earth green yellowish. I took a break from all the green work and started coloring in the holly berries. For them I used pale geranium lake as the base and red violet for the darker areas. I have more detail work to go on them as well but once I began layering reds on them, it really motivated me to keep going. is my favorite color. I wonder if that might have something to do with it. :)

Keeping fingers crossed that I finish the illustration over the weekend...


  1. Oh, this is fantastic! It's coming along beautifully. I have to say THANKS for detailing which pencils you used! I love using colored pencils and use the same Faber-Castell Polychromos. It's really helpful to hear which colors you used for your layers. I look forward to seeing the finished version!

  2. Greetings! I made it and your newest blog is just lovely! Congratulations on fulfilling your artistic passion. Hugs!

  3. Hi Carol...Thank you! And, I'm glad the pencil list helped. I only wish I had been able to work on it more during the weekend but I was too busy preparing the house for Thanksgiving. Perhaps I can do some more work on it during the evenings early this week.

  4. Hello Janeen! Welcome! So good to see you over here, my friend...Hugs to you as well. :)...must visit your wonderful blog today to catch up.

  5. What a beuatiful drawing, so lovely! I used to draw a lot as a teenager and your images bring back so many memories.;)
    Thank you so much for your recent (or not so recent:) visit and lovely comment.;) Sorry it took me a while to get back to you.;))

  6. Just found your wonderful blog. Gorgeous colours and rendering of the holly and ivy, lovely. Just the thing to get us all in festive mood! Good luck on getting it finished.

  7. So glad to hear from you, Zuzana! Thank you...

  8. Welcome to Flora Symbolica, Sketchbook Squirrel ( love that name, btw! :)...Thank you so much...I haven't made much progress on the illustration because of preparations for Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. We hosted the family dinner here at our home and I have been cleaning and cooking for a week...Alas, I plan to get back to the drawing board tomorrow and Sunday...