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Cottonwood & Willow

This pattern evolved from some drawings I've done in the last couple of years that have been based on various walks/hikes I've been on. This specific pattern includes cottonwood leaves and willow leaves as these are two trees that grow along the creek that runs through my town.

Here are the original drawings/paintings:

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And these are some photos that I used as  color sources:

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My final color palette:

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I drew several leaves and inked them. I drew the veins separately. I also wrote out the title and my initials and inked them. Everything was traced in Illustrator. I had never done this before and was very happy with the results.

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Following are the colored elements of the pattern, then four color variations on my pattern:

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This has been a very educational project. I hope to do more soon. Thank you Bonnie for a great class.

Ellen

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