Thursday, 24 August 2017

Crab apple - Malus sylvestris

The apples in my garden are looking rosy and should be ready to eat in a few weeks, but this piece is an illustration of the native wild apple, or crab apple - Malus sylvestris.

I've shown as many aspects of its lifecycle as possible to give you a full impression of its character throughout the seasons. I hope you like it!

This involved many sketches, specimens, photos and dissections to try and capture all the different parts of the plant that I wanted to include in the final piece.

The main difference between the cultivated apple and this wild relative are that the crab apple fruits are smaller and more bitter.

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