BBY019 :: Rubus laciniatus

Cutleaf or evergreen blackberry.

I started this drawing in June and finished it in September. During that time the berries had ripened and fallen or been eaten. I chose to cover this variety of blackberry before the more prominent Himalayan blackberry (R. armeniacus) just because it’s more interesting and unique, and fun to draw the leaves! Although the cutleaf type is more rare, I managed to find the two varieties growing side by side to perform a taste comparison. The R. laciniatus I sampled boasted a darker, richer, almost cherry-like note.

Art by Nelson Spies, September 26, 2022. Coloured pencils on Strathmore 6×8 400 series coloured pencil paper.

Specimen recorded July 24, 2020, 18:59 near the bridge that goes over Deer Lake Brook.


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