Fruity Flowers

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad - Brian O' Driscoll


We are starting off Module Three of Flower Collage II with a little drawing sketchbook project. It is a simple but important project where you need to draw a fruit in different stages of dissection - the various slices or wedges of fruit will be used in imaginary flower drawings.


Choose a fruit such as an apple, pear, kiwi, or a citrus fruit (e.g. lemon or an orange) to use as object to draw. You can do the same with vegetables as well if you like. Bell peppers, beans and peas are suitable for this project.


Observe the fruit or vegetable and draw the outlines and marks from it in a fineliner marker in your sketchbook. The drawings need not be perfect or overly accurate, as long as you draw from what you observe it is fine. Look at the fruit with forensic eyes, draw every mark and indentation as a line drawing. The seeds, cavities, skin and flesh are all important components of the drawings . Fill a page in your sketchbook with the drawings. I have used a tomato and find it to be a fruit with a lot of hidden shapes suitable to become flower components. Once you have completed the drawings, look at the different marks and forms and use these to become drawings of flowers. Replicate these shapes by drawing them in different ways: a wedge of a tomato becomes part of a five petal flower, the row of seeds can become an interesting flower design. What will you see, how will you draw it? Keep it simple and let your imagination guide you. Make drawings of one or two fruit or vegetables.


Creating a collection of imaginary flower drawings from simple fruit and vegetables is the aim of this mini project. The drawings will be central to this week's collage project.

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