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A collection of native plants traditionally used by the Cahuilla tribe in the Coachella Valley. This illustration is featured in the California Poppy Collective’s latest zine, the “Revolution of Oz,” which focuses on ecofeminism, and will be included in the “LA n CV” exhibition at the Coachella Valley Art Center (Feb 15th-23rd).
Starting at the top left and moving clockwise, we have the Brittle-Bush shrub (Encelia farinosa) which was used relieve toothaches and chest pain, the Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) which was used as a source of food, the Yerba Santa plant (Eriodictyon californicum) which was used as a cough medicine, and Honey Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) whose beans were processed into a flour.
My most recent project focuses on learning how to use line to create form. As a person who works tonally, I find myself having a difficult time wrapping my head around some of these techniques. The sad part is, I haven’t even started working on the line aspect of my drawing yet! I’ve been through so many edits and re-draws of this large intestine. I kind of just wanted to take you on a tour of the process of getting to a stage where the initial drawing is good enough to even start working on it in line.
Here is my very rough initial jotting: