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Pencil & watercolour drawing of little tadpoles, swimming in a jar of water

There's something nostalgic about catching tadpoles: it reminds me of the wonder I felt as a child when we used to watch tadpoles develop, very gradually, into little frogs. These tadpoles were from the pond of a friend of mine's. It was a bright sunny day in May. We caught the tadpoles in a jar for me to draw, and then returned them to their shady pond.

The underlying drawing is in pencil - I love to build layers of lines to describe the properties of the thing I am drawing - the shiny glass jar, the bubbles in the water, and the soft movement of the tadpoles.
I then added a light watercolour wash to enhance the watery feeling.

The drawing is done on mount board, which is strong and durable, and is therefore not mounted but is framed and ready to hang, in a light wood frame.

Materials used:

Smooth white mount board, pencil, watercolour

Tadpoles in a Jar (2013)


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Hannah Longmuir

United Kingdom

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