Saturday, 22 May 2010

Asparagus in pen and ink

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is early.  Since asparagus is pretty much without question the earliest vegetable growing around here (unless rhubarb counts as a vegetable?  It's used more as a fruit, but really there's nothing fruity about the part that's used), I figured it was time for an asparagus study.

Turned out to be more interesting than a person might think, actually.  Like a lot of plants, asparagus has a very distinct spiral growth pattern.  It's kind of fun to trace the spiral paths of the... um... scales?  Leaflets?  Hey, I'm a zoologist.  I'm not exactly up on my asparagus terminology.  Anyway, the whole thing twists as it grows, which appeals to my pattern-freak side quite nicely.

My father's asparagus patch is an interesting jungle of last year's leftover stems, since he rarely uses them.  It must make it a challenge for the new growth to find space to force its way up, but it obviously still manages.

In case anyone wonders, my model was very tasty...


studio lolo said...

I love asparagus!!
Nice rendition :)

M.M.E. said...

You know it's spring when the asparagus starts to pop up. I like the use of white space.

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