I'm Giving Away Two Custom Drawings!

In celebration of my new Gardenillustration.com portfolio page, I'm giving away two drawings of the plant of your choice! All you have to do is share this post via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. and leave a comment telling me what plant you would like for me to draw. Roses? You bet! Bromeliads? You betcha! You can enter as many times as you want before the deadline on March 10th, 7pm EST.


First Prize
One 8X10 illustration of the plant of your choice, along with the nonexclusive rights to use the image anywhere you want.

Second Prize
One custom original 5X7 Illustration, also complete with nonexclusive rights. Most of my illustrations are completed at around this size.

Third Prize
A stylishly wrapped sampler pack (retail 19.95) of Annie Haven's famous Authentic Haven Moo Poo tea, complete with a bag of alfalfa tea, cow tea and horse tea. This stuff is working wonders on my orchids and bromeliads with a tank mister, and best of all, they're totally organic! They're also a perfect natural alternative for container gardens.

All of my illustrations are drawn with Prismacolor colored pencil on Strathmore smooth bristol board. Here are some examples of my work. The orchid drawing was roughly 8X10 and drawn for my header, while the other ones were drawn for a client that is currently confidential. These were done in a hurry to meet deadlines, but your prize drawings will be drawn slowly and methodically, of ANY plant you want drawn. Fruit, veggies, flowers, leaves, you name it. Remember, your wish is my command!


So, what do you want me to draw for you?
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74 comments:

  1. Steve - I'd love some original art for our annual Washington Gardener Magazine Tomato Taste. Maybe of the top heirloom tomato winners or just a mix of tomatoes.

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    1. I would LOVE to draw tomatoes, especially for the Tomato Taste! Whenever I draw them I get cravings.

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  2. So hard to pick! Maybe a gloriosa lily?

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    1. Gloriosa lilies are the best! I'm picturing them against a solid background to show off the slender petals and leaves.

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  3. I'd love to see how you draw Aechmea distichantha!

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    1. You, my friend, have excellent taste in painfully spiky wonderful plants.

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  4. This is a fabulous idea and giveaway, Steve. I would so LOVE one your beautiful illustrations. I'm wondering if you could illustrate from a photo of my own veggies?
    Meems

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    1. That sounds like a great idea! Nothing like immortalizing your hard earned harvest.

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    2. You took second prize, Meems! Email me at steve_asbell@yahoo.com with what you'd like me to draw.

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  5. Scarlet runner beans. Perfect for my blog! Great idea for a contest!!

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    1. I have recently come to love violets. They're traditional, but gosh darnit, they rock.

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  7. Steve, My kids love my vegetable soup. How about a nice collections of soup fixins' like ear corn, tomatos, beans, artichoke, peppers, carrots...mmmm, yummy! Thanks pat b.

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  8. My request would be for a beautiful artichoke in full bloom. Thanks for the great contest!

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  9. Hi Steve! How cool of you! I would like a martini glass with a succulent of your choice growing out of it :) Will share this awesome contest too.

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  10. Hi Steve! your idea is very funny :) I'd like a white crocus sprouting from snow...

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  11. I'm torn. I'm addicted to curly kale and I think it is a beautiful plant. On the other hand, as a native plant grower, I'd love to see dutchman's pipe. I love your use of color and texture.

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  12. Oh yeah, I totally need to immortalize my Souvenir de la Malmaison antique roses in Prismacolor!

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  13. Shared you on FB....beautiful and generous give-away Steve...gimme a Dianthus barbatus Heart Attack!

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  14. I would love to have pansies done

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  15. Steve, sometime check out my Twitter profile picture (@SolakNC) That would make an excellent sketch for someone to win. Good luck to everyone - Tom Mann

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  16. Steve, Steve, Steve, I can't choose only one! All are so beautiful. But I'll try, and will certainly post the contest to FB and Twitter. L

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  17. I would love artichokes and the flower.

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  18. Wow! Super generous! Way to get my attention!
    How about a bouquet of dogwood flowers?
    Beautiful illustrations! Thank you!

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  19. That's far too difficult a choice! If I'm asking for the moon, then assorted kitchen garden greens and root vegetables in cross-section, or a subset of those categories that captures your interest. What a great contest!

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  21. Oh wow! This is so hard to choose, your work is so beautiful. Have you drawn mushrooms? That or a beautiful multicoloured variety of kitchen greens, or a harvested mix of heritage cherry and grape tomato vsrieties, or a cross section of a gorgeous black tomato. Whatever you crave ;-)

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  22. A few shade plants under a cool looking tree, with some colorful flowers & maybe a butterfly or two?

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  23. Artichokes are such stately plants, so how about them.

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  24. Susy Feb25,2012 10:05 AM

    I posted the Artichoke comment.

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  25. Melissa Forbes GouldFebruary 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Would love to see you draw a Tibouchina blossom/ branch in all its "Glory". Mine is in full bloom and it makes my soul sing. - Melissa Gould

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  26. Because I'm shore you've never drawn anything like it and probably won't again, I'd love you to draw a 'Welwitschia mirabilis'. I'm definitely going to try and grow some of these bizarre pine relatives from the deserts Namibia this year if I can get hold of some seeds. You should give them a go to.

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  27. I would LOVE zinnias! . . or Gloriosa Lily, or Magnolia blossom, or Blackberry Lily. Ok, it's super hard to pick! I'm thinking zinnias in tangerine tango is the way to go.

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  28. Your drawings are so special. They resonate with me. I would love to have you draw one of our most healing cannabis flowers

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  29. I've been trying to figure out what I would cherish if I should be lucky enough to win. My heart was originally torn between a lotus and a rose. Until I realized the perfect choice for me as a beekeeper would be the flowering Tulip poplar !! (Liriodendron tulipifera)It's significance as a nectar source for the honeybee in Maryland made it the obvious choice....LOL I would love to add..the bottom line for me is .... anything you chose is perfect!! Thank you for the generosity and spirit of this glorious gift. Many blessings, Jeri

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  30. beautiful illustrations. I've re-pinned your giveaway on my garden board @julietgee. I love all the produce, the flowers - all of them! Too hard to choose just one.
    Cheers!

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  31. Well - Steve - what I would really like is a super cool photo combination - lobster claw heliconia, ylang ylang in bloom, banana flowers and maybe a few gingers drawn up like a floral arrangement. If I win - it will be your choice what you draw up for me! I am sharing this on FB and Twitter! Good luck to everyone!

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  32. I'd absolutely love eggplants, or tomatoes to go along with my country kitchen decor.

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  33. I would definitely pick some of your veggies; you do such a great job with them and I would love to have a Steve Asbell original hanging in my kitchen, or a couple of them :) I love the beets you did, maybe some tomatoes, and some squash!

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  34. Oh these are fabulous! My kitchen is done in gold and white with blue accents - so we will maybe match that palette, huh?!

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  35. Your art is so energetic. I would love to see an Eryngium or maybe Geranium 'Samabor'.

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  36. Your illustrations are so beautiful, I'd be happy with one of those, but how about a native long-leaf pine.

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  37. Epiphyllum oxypetalum, ugly plant, gorgeous blossom. I have photos of mine. I'd treasure one of your illustrations.

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    1. My comment disappeared... anyways, you win first prize! Email me at steve_asbell@yahoo.com.

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  38. Believe it or not - BEETS!! We have been harvesting and enjoying them. Detroit Reds to be exact. AND March 10th is my birthday :)

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  39. My garden tends to the colors pink and lavender. Could you do a mass of Dianthus in bloom? Or perhaps a cluster of early spring crocus? Your work is always glorious.

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    1. Jackie, you won third prize! Where shall we send your MooPoo tea? Email me at steve_asbell@yahoo.com. :)

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  40. Steve, I posted on my Pinterest! I would love a large flower--a Thai Giant Colocasia in bloom....or Aristolochia gigantea. love your blog. Leann Barron

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  41. Posted on Pinterest! Basil is my favorite thing to grow so I'd love a drawing of basil in a few of its different colors and shapes.

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  42. Okay, Steve, I think I have it. If I give you an image from a garden at the home we sold last fall, would you be able to draw it? I won't make it a super-complicated shot, but it most likely will include a gifted Japanese maple that I had to leave behind. L

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  43. Oh gosh, I so want to win this. I don't even know which plant I'd want! Maybe some crazy gothed-out trillium like in my header? Possibly a cheerful princess flower? OH! Maybe one of my lobster-claws! In bright red! Of course, black flowers of some manner would be very intriguing to have a photo of. Can't. Decide!
    Whoever wins will be one lucky person.

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  44. Debbie/GardenOfPossibilitiesFebruary 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Wow, what a great opportunity. Your illustrations are amazing so I imagine whoever wins will have hard time choosing just one.

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  45. Beautiful works you do!!...I would ask you to do...Bourrache (Borago officinalis)Its beautiful, edible, useful...and a companion plant to vegetables in the garden! I'd love to see it...

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  46. A Jasmine bush would be beautiful! Your drawings are super.

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  47. What an unbelievable response! I'm so happy to know that people would actually want my drawings, but even happier to see all of the great ideas you have of plants to draw. I can feel the horticultural passion!

    FYI, anonymous commenters, please make sure you add your name in case you win! Anyways, thank you all for your overwhelming support and enthusiasm. You rock!

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  48. I think they are all beautiful 8)

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  49. I think the beets are gorgeous... Love the idea of blood sorrel... But I do love blackberries and how dark and reflective they can be. So luscious. Pea tendrils? Ahhhh! Can't decide.

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  50. I would love to win a picture of Kohlrabi. My grandmother used the cool looking vegetable in her soups! Every time I see a bunch of Kohlrabi, I think of her and her wonderful cooking.

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  51. I would love a blueberry drawing or a citrus drawing (kumquats or lemons?).

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  52. Your drawings look beautiful, and I would love to win one. Any kind of tomato, for me. I am sharing on Pinterest.

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  53. As you know, I'm a BIG fan of your art and am in awe of it. My signature plant is the toad lily (Tricyrtis sp.), so that's what I would choose. Whoever wins this are going to be two very lucky people! And how nice of Annie to help out with a prize of her fabulous Moo Poo Tea!

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  54. Fantastic illustrations, and what a great idea to get garden illustration portfolio buzz going. Should I win one of the illustration prizes I'd love to see your rendition of Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

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  55. My mom always had a Pinecone Ginger growing somewhere in the yard. It would have these lovely rose-colored cones that would bloom...

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  56. I'm a fan of black flowering plants and black leaf plants, so I would choose the Black Sea Man Tomato. (Hope I'm not posting this twice, as this is my second attempt.)

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  57. What a great giveaway. Beautiful drawings! I'd love a drawing of Matillija Poppies - my favorite.

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  58. hi steve, i didn't want to miss out on this great contest! i've been a fan of your art since i first saw it! (and, i've been wanting to try moo poo tea!) if i were to win, i would love something tropical and epiphytic...how about a blooming tilandsia?

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  59. Ooooh! Such an amazing amount of choices. I would have to say Fiddleheads would be fantastic. You have such a beautiful talent!

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  60. Your illustrations are wonderful Steve ! I would like Pansies : )

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  61. So difficult to choose... I think I would choose something YOU would choose, because I really respect the artist's eye and design and think the art would turn out better that way. There are too many beautiful plants and flowers to choose from!
    steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo dot com

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  62. oops, missed the deadline. Oh well! :)

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  63. I replied to the individual winner's comments, but family emergencies have kept me away from the computer over the last week. Without further ado, the winners are:

    1st place - NellJean
    2nd place - Meems
    3rd place - Jackie DiGiovanni

    I'll try to contact each of you personally in case you haven't subscribed to comments. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to those who won!

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