This is a graphite drawing of a lotus seed head. It was my first real attempt of a graphite rendering and it was hard! Graphite is such a good study of tone and value and it really made me take a deeper look at my subject. I really enjoyed doing it and hopefully will be able to make a few more in my near future.
This is my latest drawing/painting I am working on: a Magnolia Grandiflora. It has amazing sunset colors and it is nice to step away from the more brown tones of the sunflower seed pod I recently finished.
I like to detail the process of my drawings since this type of art (botanical illustration) is quite different from most other art forms. It is a very structured type of art which fits into my other favorite type of art: Origami. I guess I like to follow strict rules with my art. As a novice artist it is nice to have these very specific ways to make a drawing. it keeps my distractions to a minimum.
Anyway, here you will see my initial subject matter and how it gets placed into view for my first pencil strokes onto tracing paper. From there, the completed drawing is made and then the real fun begins...color!
Many photographs are taken of the actual plant in very dramatic light to enhance the shadow on the right side. Carefully, step by step each section of the magnolia seed pod is filled in. I use many layers of colored pencil to bring my subjects to life. Hours and hours are spent finishing the first part of my drawing which is where I am now.
I am taking an ongoing Botanic Illustration course and have just begun my second year. It is the most amazing experience I have had since I am a nurse by trade and had not taken any art classes in my life until this one. I work primarily (almost exclusively to be honest) in colored pencil as I am "drawn" to this media for some reason. These are some photos of my current drawing in progress. I hope to have it finished in time to submit it to a local Nor Cal ASBA Exhibit for seed pods...we'll see how it takes shape over the next few weeks.