Sketch of the day: Agavaceae

Agavaceae Nolina recurvataA large and impressive Agavaceae from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These great palms are from the semi-desert areas in southeastern Mexico, and are commonly known as Ponytail, Elephant foot, or Bottle palms.

Drawn with a 2B pencil in a small sketchbook, then scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop using a custom watercolour brush.

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The view north across Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanic GardensI sat on a park bench in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday morning, and produced a 2B pencil sketch of the wonderfully green and pleasant view. In the foreground is the pond of Nelumbo genus aquatic plants; N. nucifera – the sacred lotus. These lily-like plants produce very attractive pink and yellow flowers (see below) and feature highly distinctive seed pods. The leaves are also superhydrophobic, which means that they have high water repellence due to the architecture of their surface. This is also known as the lotus effect.

My pencil sketch was later scanned into Adobe Photoshop, and coloured using a custom watercolour brush.

Nelumbo flower