What’s Smooth, Spotted, and Green?

My indoor ones learned to thrive on neglect. My beautiful, healthy outdoor ones are rudely called weeds. They are all wonderful models for drawings!

Oddly enough, creating a beginner level, step-by-step tutorial is very difficult to illustrate. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the joy of drawing that I forget to pause and scan each step. This drawing made the cut as a beginner lesson!

The leaves on this plant are gorgeous in their simplicity – so much so that I couldn’t resist adding a few adorable spots. I fought the temptation to add dewdrops and bugs! :o)

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About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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