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Pitcher plant (drawing)

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Traditional drawing of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes pulchra (pitcher plant) in habitat. It took ages to finish this background, but I'm very happy with the result (especially with the pitcher with the colourful peristome and the upper part of the background, though my scanner still hates colours and contrast)! Now I really need to draw something easier (without blurred grass and palm leaves)...

Reference photo: Nepenthes pulchra by Thomas Gronemeyer. Thanks again! :)

Ursus sketch pad DIN A4 190g/m²; Faber-Castell Polychromos artists' colour pencils, uni-ball Signo pigment ink um-153 white; time: ~30 hours

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Here are some other traditional drawings:
It's a trap - frog in pitcher plant by QuelchiiThranduil (drawing) by QuelchiiCaptain America (drawing) by QuelchiiLoki - Puny God (drawing) by Quelchii
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HLLindsayHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful drawing. If you are looking for another interesting Nepenthes species, Nepenthes clipeata has creamy pitchers and a very unique peltate leaf structure. I think it would make an absolutely striking drawing.
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botanicus-firesideHobbyist Photographer
I've heard of these giant pitcher plant's before I'd love to see them sometime.
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
They are difficult to find in habitat, but bigger plants in cultivation are also pretty fascinating. :)
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botanicus-firesideHobbyist Photographer
Don't think I've eve seen a cultivated pitcher plant before.  I've seen cultivated venus' fly traps before though.
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HLLindsayHobbyist General Artist
Nepenthes are actually pretty easy to find from a few reputable sellers, at least in the United States. They are native to south east Asia and become large vines over time. Nepenthes x ventrata is commonly mislabeled “Nepenthes alata,” which is one of its parents (the other parent is N. ventricosa). N. x ventrata is probably the easiest hybrid to find and to grow indoors. I have had one for a year and a half now that is starting to vine and has put out two new growth points. 

Sarracenia are also fairly widely available (North American pitcher plants). 
Heliamphora (South American pitcher plants), Darlingtonia (California pitcher plants; Cobra Lily), and Cephalotus (Australian pitcher plants) are harder to grow and not easy to find.
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
I have a few carnivorous plants (mostly Utricularia / bladderworts). My Nepenthes plants are a bit small, but here you can see some pictures of a very large carnivorous plant collection: www.utricularien.de/start.php?…
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botanicus-firesideHobbyist Photographer
an impressive collection.
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VincentVermeulenHobbyist General Artist
Wow! this looks like a photo - I love carnivorous plants. I had a few while I was living in Bristol until recently.
Well ... 4 kinds - amongst my forest of plants. I ended up having to give them all away except for my baby Desert Rose (since I grew that from a seed and at one year it is only about 2 inches tall).
I cannot wait to have my own place again so I can start regrowing my forest - which will include more carnivorous plants of course. :) 
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
Yes, carnivorous plants are awesome! Well, I admit that I have way too many carnivorous plants... ^^;
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VincentVermeulenHobbyist General Artist
You can never have too many carnivorous plants :P
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TacoTronHobbyist General Artist
If you haven't draw this and uploaded yet, then draw an orchid mantis :)
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
They are interesting, but I don't like them that much, so I'm not sure if I'm going to draw one...
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TacoTronHobbyist General Artist
That's fineI imagine them as tiny dragons and stuff they are p cool to me
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TacoTronHobbyist General Artist
They are cute
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I actually stared at this for 10 minutes trying to figure out if it was a picture or not
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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KRMi-eHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a Nepenthes Alata at home.  It's not quite as flamboyant as N. Pulchra, and it's a bit more common, but I am continually fascinated by these adorable plants!
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
I have some Nepenthes plants at home, but only a few species, because I prefer other carnivorous plant genera! ;)
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SkurbarkStudent Photographer
Yeeeee Nepenthes!
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! Hazards of Ecology 
But I have to admit that I prefer Utricularia... Whistle
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SkurbarkStudent Photographer
Yeah ! Terrestrial?
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
I like terretrial and epiphytic Utricularia (my faves are U. campbelliana, U. menziesii and of course U. quelchii). Here are some pictures: www.utricularien.de/start.php?…
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SkurbarkStudent Photographer
Maybe I know u... I have maybe seen you at a EEE meeting?
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QuelchiiProfessional Traditional Artist
Possibly. Usually I go to German cp meetings, but I've also been at the EEE in Gent (2009), the EEE in Berlin (2012) and the ICPS in Leiden (2010).
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