This type of flower head has a somewhat complicated pattern and is made up of several smaller florets. One should look more to getting the smooth curves of the stems and understanding and depicting the general growth pattern than in getting the details of the petals right.
Ascertain at first accurately the length and width of the flower and its general shape : circular, elliptical , conical etc. Mark the half way points and quarter points in your drawing, you can do this on the flower itself with a marker or with small colored tapes so you don`t lose your place when there are too many petals on the flower. Fill in the petals or florets between these positions:
This is a study I made, when learning to get around Adobe Photoshop, a long time back. It is loosely based on a photo in a book on roses by John Scarman named Alte Rosen
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I had wanted to add some lines to these roses here like a nice piece of poetry by Keats or Shelly, then I wondered if I could just give myself the permission to let the feelings welling up inside me flow out into words, so I did; and these are the lines that came to me. I made a few small changes and I found I could not make them better in any way for they captured my emotions perfectly and so here it is, my first poem, if you will:
I lightly sketched in the vase with a pencil. The first thing to do when you start a drawing is to determine whether you are looking up at the object or down to it. Here, I am looking down, so the ellipses of the vase get wider/ fatter as they go down. Determine the height and width, draw a center line and then make ellipses at the neck, throat and base and any where else that it changes shape. Connecting the outlines should give you the shape of the vase.
I positioned the main shapes of the flowers and leaves:
I blocked in the major shapes with pastel sticks, yellow, green and grey:
Rubbed in the pastels and started on the details with colored pencils:
A few watercolor washes:
I wanted to share with all of you that my painting ‘Datura’ is going to be published as the front cover for a book with the same name, which is a collection of Chinese essays by Mr Deng Changquan being published by Dreamseed publications. I will post an image of it when I receive a copy of the book, for now, I am quite happy for my painting!!
painting size: 30*40 cm on Hahnmühle fine art 300g/m² acid free watercolor paper.
The following two sketches are exercises from Mr J. D Harding`s ‘Lessons on Art’. It is an excellent art book, public domain, available at sites like archive.org or gutenberg…
I wasn’t expecting so many people to be out, it being a sunday yesterday, but it was the first real good weather day we have had after a long, long time and I guess all the mommys (and daddys) in town were anxious to get the kids out of their hair and out into the open air. I have been sketching from life quite a lot lately, indoors from my windows or a few minutes standing on a deserted street but this was the first time I sketched outside amongst so many people (intimidating, to say the least!!). I took Arya out to the spielplatz (play area) and he behaved like an angel… well, maybe not to the younger boy he was bossing around … anyway…. that being beside the point… I started quickly and doggedly with a pen, on the church tower and after that I was able to relax, it was quite blissful to feel the warm sun and cool breeze on my face, hear the children playing and quarreling, and sketch to my hearts content. I think I have finally overcome my trepidation to painting plein air, the people and the kids were actually quite sweet about it and dropped by to appreciate my zeichnen skills…
Drawing directly with a pen is quite liberating, strokes are direct and spontaneous and you quite soon learn to make the right lines without the fussing that comes about when one starts with a pencil (because you know that you can erase it out, you don`t pull yourself together so much and you know, sort of get going with it…) Its super quick and fun , I urge you to try if you have not done so before. This one`s with Faber Castell Artists pen, I love it so much!
This one’s a mix from several different days , my cactus started blooming after a long hiatus; in the park after my son`s karate class (oh, I meant to attach a sketch of what he had accomplished that day of ‘Mario’, to this page); moving figures as seen from our first floor window, and oh! the Kohlmeisen (I am not sure what they are called in English, a kind of tit) are back to our balcony to feed on the nuts.
This one was very quick , in a small book I keep in my handbag, while having a burger in Burgerking, I love this place, there are always sparrows outside feeding on the bits of buns and there`s always a great view to be had:
This one is a Turner study along with a cloud study from a public domain photograph (from U.S Govt. I think):
Did a pencil sketch of this while waiting for the train and then came home and painted it:
These two were done indoors from life: