This week I decided to draw a picture of a little Southern California jack o lantern with palm trees and the San Bernardino Mountains in the background. This little jack o lantern evokes the imagery one would see when walking around during Halloween in the Inland Empire.
The illustration above is a scanned version of my colored pencil drawing of the smiley jack o lantern.
Here I have begun to sketch out the jack o lantern and the mountains and trees behind it.
In the phase of the sketch above I have finished the outline portion of my jack o lantern drawing.
In the photograph above I began to shade in the dark orange-red, and the lighter orange portions of the pumpkin.
During this phase of the sketch I finished coloring in the darker groves, and lighter spots on the pumpkin. I also used dark and lighter green colored pencils to color in the jack o lantern’s stem.
Here I have finished the drawing with the purple and brown colors used to shade in the mountains and the palm trees. I used a neon salmon colored pencil to create the sunset sky as a backdrop to the palm tree and mountain silhouette.
This video illustrates what the completed palm tree jack o lantern looks like now that it is completed.