Here it is, the last letter of my Natural Patterns Alphabet Series . . . can we get a drum roll please . . .
“Honeycomb,” 5 x 5 inches, pen and ink, prints available in my shop
Can you believe it? I made it through all 26 letters of the alphabet!!! If you were here in this room with me, it would be one of those New Year’s Eve effects—the flying balloons, the confetti. Seriously! Actually, I didn’t realize how excited I would be until this moment. I was just looking back, and I drew the first piece in this series, Nido, all the way back in May (May 14 to be exact), and when I drew that first one, I didn’t even intend it to become an alphabet series. Alas, the glimmer of an alphabet series I saw that day has come to fruition, and you can see all of the pieces quite nicely, and in alphabetical order, in this flickr set. Here’s a glimpse of them all together:
There’s something so fulfilling about finishing a series of drawings, especially a pretty large one like this (with very specific parameters)—it feels so complete. While there are things I would change, or perfect, about many of the pieces, I’m happy with how they turned out on the whole, specifically how they hang together.
I am most happy though, about all that I learned in the process—each piece was an exercise in seeing—trying to see the essential identifying part of each subject and somehow convey that to you. I learned a lot about the drawing process. I also learned how a series can give you momentum and push you to go further than you would otherwise. If you want to read more about my process through making this series, check out all of my Natural Patterns Alphabet Blog Posts.
My love for series has not diminished, in fact, I have started to think in books for that very reason. The book is the perfect venue for a series. My brain is cooking up many little ones these days. As for this series, I’m hoping to show the entire alphabet in some venue (if you have any ideas, drop me a comment), and I’m also planning to sell print sets of the entire series so that if someone wanted to decorate a room with words and nature, they could. Stay tuned!