The weather has been beautiful for the last few days and I have been out enjoying it as much as possible. Loads of wild flowers blooming and I have been working in the garden getting more garden beds ready for the spring growth.
Here is my latest flower portrait, I have decided to call them portraits as it is how I tend to draw and think of my flowers. I like to show these little flowers with all their beauty and charm. They are not botanically correct, though I do try for a reasonable amount of accuracy. They are portraits with an emphasis on what makes them amazing to me. With this Early Nancy it is the shape and ‘twiningness’ of their leaves and the vibrancy of the little circlet of purple on every petal that I like.
I have made a few in progress shots of the steps I take to share with you.
First I do an initial pencil sketch and then I will trace it and transfer it to the good paper, which in this case is Somerset rough press in a beige/sand colour about 300gsm. I like the toned paper as it makes the white petals pop.
Next I use my sennelier inks to block in the colours. Having the ink underneath really makes the pencils glow. I used to use acrylic, but the transparency of the inks make a difference and the paper still manages to glow through both the ink and the pencil. The ink also makes it quicker with the pencils, as I don’t like any of the white showing through of the paper and it covers much quicker.
Finally the coloured pencil layer and once all that is finished I will go over with black ink to redo the outline. After much trial and error and more dead fine-liner pens then I care to mention, I use a dip pen for this outline. The wax in the pencils will clog a pen very quickly and that is the end of it. I use a wider nib in my dip pen so I can get a range of widths in my lines which create more movement or interest in the drawing.
Rosie is growing so fast, almost daily I can notice changes. She is three months now so no longer a little puppy. She is learning fast and has settled into our family so well. She is so gentle with Mum, who is getting very frail now, they just love each other as you can see.
I will leave you with some more photos of the wildflowers that I have taken in the last few days. Karen