I wanted to draw a spring flower. I tried crocuses first, but was unable to find a good reference photo. I googled spring flower and discovered this reference of a flower called “Carolina Spring Beauties” and also discovered Jacqueline Donnelly’s website. What a joy to be able to take a virtual walk in the woods!
I spent two (~2 hour) drawing sessions working with the watercolor pencils. Each time I approach a drawing project, I feel like I haven’t a clue what I’m doing. I make very tentative marks for a while, trying to get a sense of how the composition will work. I was attracted to these flowers because of the purple lines in the flower. Because of that, I decided to keep a sense of line throughout the drawing. (I forgot that at first when I came back for the second drawing session. This is why the green leaves are more solid. This is also why keeping better notes would be a good idea.) Again, I’m frustrated with how light watercolor pencil is on the page. Adding water brightens things up, but only slightly.
When the watercolor pencil drawing was finished, I decided to add ink. I enjoyed making the ink lines so much, I just kept going. There were at least two points where I felt like I made mistakes and had ruined the drawing, but since there wasn’t any way of going back, I just kept going forward.
There is an ant in the photo and one of the decision points was whether to include it. If yes, then how much to make it look like an ant. I liked the is-there-isn’t-there quality of the creature in the photo, so I resisted adding any detail. Did you notice it?
I am pleased with the final product – so much so that I am wondering if I have found a style to call my own. We’ll see if I can do another one…