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Camellia illustration to be used for plant branding
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This is a new Camellia introduction named after a remarkable woman named Susy Dirr. The flower's petals open up to a heart shape, so as a way of remembering her I decided to leave one petal by itself above the flower to form a heart.

Prismacolor Verithin pencils were used for this project since they work well for this level of detail. I started out by drawing out the edges of the petals with magenta, and then filled in each petal's shadows with a dark gray. Usually I use complementary colors to shade for better saturation, but I think that the muted hues work well in this case.  After shading in gray, I've gone in with the magenta pencil to add color. I've laid down pink in the center of the flower to give it a richer hue.