52 Weeks of Plants - Weeks 2-4
I’m 4 weeks in to my #52weeksofplants illustration project, and I thought I’d check in with an update on how its going. So far, this has been a pretty fun project. An excuse to draw some of my favourite things every week? Of course I was always going to love this project!
As always with these kinds of projects, I’m sure very soon I’ll start to struggle with ideas each week, so I’m making sure to make a note of any ideas I have now, so I can go back to them later. If there’s anything you’d like to see me draw (in the plant category of course!) let me know!
Week 2’s illustration was inspired by the official fuel of my January mornings: coffee.
I’ve never really looked in to the coffee plant before, so I did a bit of research before I started drawing. I have a beautiful book called “50 Plants that changed the course of History” which includes a section on the coffee plant, and gave me all the inspiration I needed for the illustration.
For week 3, I wanted to create a pattern design. I’ve been ticking off one of my yearly goals and watching Skillshare videos while I work, including this great one on surface patterns by Bonnie Christine, so I’ve been inspired to start working on a collection of my own pattern designs.
I used some drawings from my sketchbook that are part of a bigger project I’ve been working on over the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that my sketchbooks have been filled with leaves, flowers, plants & foliage (which I’m definitely not complaining about!)
For week 4, I’ve gone down a slightly different route, with a simple floral illustration. Last week I spent a couple of days away in a hotel for a work trip. I always struggle to sleep in a hotel because people seem to find it necessary to slam all the doors and drop everything on the floor above me! So I got up early both mornings and sat down to draw for an hour or two. I got so much done in that time and it really inspired me for the rest of the day, so I’m hoping to make that a more regular part of my routine (the issue is, at home, I find it much easier to lie in and I’m not so good at getting up early!)
I’ll be back again in a few weeks with another update, but in the mean time you can follow along each week over on Instagram, where you can also see the sketchbook pages behind these illustrations.