I was drawing in the studio on Tuesday. Most of the day I was working on my drawing of a girl near a huge fig tree. I am using photo references for this, though I have been out drawing in the fig trees as well. Drawing them from life has been really helpful when I use the photos because, as I said in the earlier post, there is so much information missing. In the photos you get no idea of their size or the incredible depth and dimension of these powerful trees. Depth gets lost a lot in photos. I spent a lot of time trying to put back in information that I couldn't see in the photos, places where depth and detail was just lost.
In the afternoon I brought in this vine and was drawing it from life. I noticed, again, how much easier (and more fun) it is to draw the real thing. Everything was there, I could see all the little details, like how the leaves have a tiny notch where they attach to the branch, as well as being able to turn it over to see what is happening on the back.