Xanthoria Polycarpa Lichen
Original charcoal drawing
Compressed charcoal on paper.
By Nick McMillen
The original of this piece has been sold, however prints of this image and others may still be available for purchase through our Prints page.
It was the colour of the lichen on this twig that originally caught Nicks eye, but when examined closer he was staggered by the intricate, tiny structure the lichen had grown.
Lichens comprise of two organisms, fungus and algae, which have formed a symbiotic relationship. Fungi don’t produce chlorophyll so can’t harvest their own energy from the sun as plants do.
Found beneath an ash tree on Windmill Farm, Colemore, Hampshire, UK.
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