A colored pencil work on toned paper, Blue Dragonfly shows a very common visitor to our property. The dragonflies don’t tend to hold still long enough for me to take a couple dozen pictures in hopes of having one turn out decent, so I found the reference photo over on a site called Pixabay, which has thousands of copyright-free photos for artists and graphic designers.
This year we have seen a new color variation of dragonfly – in addition to the blues, the greens, and the copper/rust ones, I remarked the other morning that we have now seen a black dragonfly with yellow segments on the tail. Once I get a good enough grasp on the dragonfly body and wing shapes, I’ll try to draw one of those as well, but for this piece I decided to start with the most-familiar blue dragonfly.
|Blue Dragonfly, 12x9in colored pencil on toned paper|