This is me trying to be loose! The tin and the dried cloves are my own, I had them laid out on a sheet of white paper to draw. Tea was originally in the tin and the graphics in the blue frames were way too complicated to try to paint in a sketch so I redid it as a clove tin. it took me several tries to get the perspective right and it’s still a bit off but as I keep telling myself: “It’s a sketch not a photo-realistic painting.”
My lettering needed to be bigger. Where is Photoshop when I need it? I find myself thinking of Photoshop quite often as I draw. Punching up the saturation and redoing the shadows is so easy digitally, as is using lovely fonts and putting them on a curve.
The reference for the real clove flowers came from the Internet and I was trying to blob down some loose watercolour but I overworked it and then went in with coloured pencil to get back some definition. I need to work on relaxing.
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commercially harvested in Indonesia, India, Tanzania, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The dried ones I used have been in the cupboard for years but they still smelled beautiful when I took some out of the bag to draw.
The materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils
Van Gogh watercolours
Black Micron pen (for signing)