Veggie garden: wrap up.

Those of you who read this blog somewhat regularly will remember I started a balcony garden earlier this year. But now we’re moving state and it’s kind of hard to take a garden with you, so I thought I’d do a little summary of what’s happened and what I’ve learnt.

My biggest successes were the herbs. I used basil in salad, mint in iced tea, and oregano in pasta sauce.

But how about everything else?

The carrots and radish kind of go together. They grew. I ate them. There weren’t enough to make it feel worthwhile. (That’s the whole crop of carrots in that picture there. See how they’re all different shapes? That’s kind of cool.)

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The buk choy went to seed. They never grew big enough for me to think it was time to eat them. I’m not sure if they needed more sun, more space, or both. A bit disappointing, but it’s kind of nice to have flowers on the balcony!

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The strawberry struggled along as a teeny tiny plant for a long time before eventually dying off.

And, finally, the nasturtiums. I didn’t think they were going to grow at the start. They seemed so weak and sickly. But they seem to be doing okay now, and one of them flowered.

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What have I learnt?

I think I want bigger pots next time, and preferably access to a space with more sunlight. I’m definitely going to get herbs straight away, regardless. As for the veggies? I want to try tomatoes this year and, if I have a bigger space, I’ll definitely grow the others too.

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drawing faces

I took a little break from digital art to focus on drawing with pencil and paper. Mostly what happened was this:

  • I tried to create a character to carry across several drawings in different poses and expressions
  • I discovered I couldn’t draw the same face twice.

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So I set myself the task of just drawing faces. Every night (okay, most nights) I picked a person and drew them from several angles and/or with different expressions. Here are some things I learnt:

  • Warming up is essential: my last picture was almost always the best.
  • Sketch lines for eyes and nose and mouth help.
  • Drawing quickly and with harsh lines can be better than drawing slowly and constantly erasing anything slightly wrong.

For example:
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The other day I returned to my illustration project and was please to discover I can draw the same (invented) face twice in a row now. Approximately.

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Stay tuned for my adventures in turning the right hand sketch into a digitally coloured illustration…