Early Nancy – First of the Spring flowers

Early Nancy  Coloured pencil and ink

Early Nancy Coloured pencil and ink

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.

Pencil and initial ink outline Early Nancy

Pencil and initial ink outline Early Nancy

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.

Early Nancy - Ink layer

Early Nancy – Ink layer

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.

Early Nancy - Coloured Pencil and Ink

Early Nancy – Coloured Pencil and Ink

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.

Rosie curled up in her bed

Rosie curled up in her bed

Rosie and Hannah

Rosie and Hannah

Grandma and Rosie, best of friends

Grandma and Rosie, best of friends

I will leave you with some more photos of the wildflowers that I have taken in the last few days.  Karen

Early Nancy 'Wurmbea dioica'

Early Nancy ‘Wurmbea dioica’

Happy Wanderer 'Hardenbergia violacea'

Happy Wanderer ‘Hardenbergia violacea’

Greenhood Orchid

Greenhood Orchid

Buttercup 'Rununculus lappaceus'

Buttercup ‘Rununculus lappaceus’

10 responses to “Early Nancy – First of the Spring flowers

  1. Your drawings, writing and photos all have a gentle sensitivity which remind us not to take what is all around us for granted.

  2. Such a pretty flower, and great to hear your technique – it certainly results in wonderful, vibrant colour. Your move seems to have been a great success. Being able to see and enjoy all the wild flowers so close around you must be such a joy. Rosie looks like a wonderful addition to your family, it won’t be long before she is too big to go on your mum’s lap!

  3. It is a beautiful portrait and it’s lovely to see the flowers that grow in your part of the world.

  4. I love seeing your process and now i understand why your images glow (thanks to the ink layer) . It’s wonderful to see the real plant too. Your artistic impression is awesome!
    Glad to see little Ms Rosie so comfortable with everyone. Your mom looks like she really enjoyed the visit! Do you make it down to see her often?
    Keep enjoying the spring! Please keep the beautiful flowers coming as well!😄

    • Glad I was able to share my techniques, as I am always avidly watching yours. The ink under the pencil really makes a difference to the colour saturation and I love a good depth of colour. Mum moved back to Castlemaine with us, she needs full time care now, so she gets to have Rosie cuddles all the time. She won’t sit still for anyone else, but will quietly sit with Mum for ages. Dogs just know sometimes.

  5. Thanks for liking my drawing “Branching Out.” And thanks for sharing the process of making a flower drawing/painting.

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