Monday, May 30, 2011

Second Color Pencil Drawing - Dahlia

To continue my practice drawing with color pencils I thought I'd tackle a Dahlia flower.  I took pics as I went along to show the progression.  This time I didn't draw it out first with lead pencil, but went directly to using a medium shade of purple to draw all the outlines and shapes, then defined the shadows more thoroughly with the same pencil.  (Sorry the purple is so faint, I tried to adjust the contrast in PS but that didn't help much)

Work in progress color pencil drawing of Dahlia


Here yellow has been added to the heart of the flower and I layered over some of the original purple with a redder shade to add some depth to the shadows: 

Work in Progress image of a Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower


Next a darker purple was layered over to give more definition to the shadows and the petals:

Work in Progress photo of a Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower


For the darkest shadows I began to add brown and began shaping the petals more with varying shades of pink and purple:

Work in Progress - 4th photo of a Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower


Continuing with the purple, more pink and white was added for the petals' highlights:

5th photo of Work in Progress - Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower


This is the completed drawing before cropping:

Finished Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower before cropping


And this is the cropped copy slightly color adjusted in PS. The original drawing is quite purple, but most of  the photos and even the scan kept bringing out the blue.  It was hard for me to decide which one I liked best, so I tried to keep it as true in color to the original as possible:

Purple Color Pencil Drawing of a Dahlia Flower artwork


I still find myself layering a lot and many of the drawings I see in this medium that I admire are not so heavy handed. I guess it might just be my pencil style, more like painting in a way, but I also think it is my inexperience that I need to do so much layering before getting the look I want.

This was another fun exercise to do and I'm already looking through my photos to find the next one.  Over the past couple of summers I've taken many photos of flowers growing in my garden, mostly macro shots and I have plenty of source pics to choose from.  It is good practice and flowers are fun to draw because they are so pretty - lol!

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