471. Cornucopia

It was fun doing a pen and ink only drawing after a while. It has something limiting and freeing at the same time, as you do not have to worry how the watercolor might flow and maybe ruin the lines you’ve placed so intricately. It also is a lesson of patience I do not quite master (especially when there is not enough time) to draw lines deliberately.

To get a uniform look and feel to the object, the lines must follow the curvature of the subject’s surface, but in the same way alternate so that a texture emerges. On top of that varying the line thickness or distance combined with cross hatching will introduce shadows that emphasize light and dark but at the same time should not interfere too much to cancel out the texture. It is a fine balance of drawing which when done right can produce the most beautiful black and white drawings.

The horn of Cornucopia has it’s roots in Greek Mythology. The horn of Amalthea overflowing with fruits, honey, and grain is an extremely ancient symbol of the harvest, known to the Greeks 2000 years before the cornucopia became the symbol of American Thanksgiving.

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