I was looking through some photo albums a few days ago, and spotted this lovely picture of a dark purple wild iris.
Using the new Cintiq I was given, I decided to try to draw it. Even though there are artistic liberties in this picture, I like it!
The start of the image, working in the major color groups.
And the end of the image for now, with color groups filled in, as artistic and free as I believe is effective. You will note that the background is filled in with more visually interesting bright spots of color, too.
I got some time and some energy to draw today. I felt like focusing on getting back to building skills with a portrait. This sweet picture, named “Rosemary” gave me a ton of confidence. I was very loose and open during the experience of drawing. To enable right-brain thinking, I put a song on repeat, which helped me focus. I played with the lines in the hair, and used a recently-released brush from Sketchbook Pro intended as a leaf pattern to make some cool freckles!
This is the second round of working this picture of succulents. I originally made a less realistic version of it here.
It was colorful and fun, focusing more on the bright-color aspect and less on the real, true-to-form colors of the succulent. I told myself I’d come back to work using the very same reference image but doing it in a different style. And this is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress, but here are some images from the working second version.
The working second version. There is still cleaning and refining to do. But note the realistic style I’m aiming for, aside from the pink outline — which I like as a contrast from the dark green.
Side-by-side zoom-in shots of two succulents in the image.
A zoom-in of a succulent, colored. With the original gray lines and pink overlapping + highlighted edges.
In another post, I show the lines from the image with various background colors. It’s fun to play with the original lines of a drawing and explore all of the possibilities. You can see that here.