Monday, 12 November 2012

Day 12 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Sunflower step-by-step

Still no baby news.....
Soon, I hope.

Today's sketch is yet another sunflower 
from a different perspective. 
This time....a wilting one.

#43 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Pencil-free sketch in A6 pocket Moleskine sketchbook
 using ZIG Millennium 005, Micron 03 and PITT 'F' pens.

I decided to show some step-by-step stages of my process
this time around.

To start, I use the ZIG Millennium 005 pen, and pick a spot 
where I want to begin. 
I then continue to sketch paying careful attention to
how each element relates to the next.

I continue with the 005
until I pretty much complete the outline. 
Note that the 005 has an extra fine nib 
so I'm very careful not to apply too much pressure.
I couldn't get by without my 005!
I also fill in a few of the dark areas to help my eyes 
keep perspective.

Staying with the 005 pen, 
I now lightly add in some details and shading
as well as emphasising a few edges.

I now change over to my Micron 03 pen 
and continue to emphasise and define 
mostly the prominent petals and calyxes in the foreground.

With the 03 pen, I strengthen a few of the shadows and details, 
particularly on the calyxes. 
 I also add a leaf and stem.
With the 005, I add more shading to the background petals 
to push them back a bit.
Then using the PITT 'F' which is equivalent to an 05 pen, 
I shade the leaf and stem.   

And that's about it, folks. 
I added some text and my journal page was complete.
(See top of post)

I find my biggest problem is overworking the lighter areas.
This is something I hope to improve on by the time
I get to Day 75.

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~ Love, light and peace ~


Tracey FK said...

Loved seeing the step by step... it is great to see the process you use to get to your wonderful end product... fingers crossed that there is baby news soon...xx

Tracy said...

This was VERY FUN to see, Serena... You have a wonderful way with fine details! Hope there's some good baby news soon! :o) ((HUGS))

Nigel said...

Thanks for the step by step, I may just use it as a tutorial.

Hope you get news soon.

Hwee said...

Wow, I've been wondering about your process and am most happy to see the step-by-step here. Thanks for sharing your wonderful process. I think I'm going to practise it. Baby arriving anytime now...! :-)

Judy Hartman said...

Very interesting to see your process, although I can't believe you do this without an underlying pencil sketch! Just beautiful!
Best wishes to Michelle and her soon-to-be-born baby!!

Tammy said...

Well, you make it look and sound easy, but I'm pretty sure if I tried, I could never get such a lovely drawing as yours. Babies will certainly come when they are good and ready. Some doctors won't let expecting mothers go more than a week or 10 days over. What's the norm over there? Best wishes to all. Take care! Tammy

Anoeska said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful

MaryO said...

Hi Serena! I always enjoy seeing your work, and getting the "step by step" was a real plus. This is a lovely tribute to a favorite summer flower.

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a beautiful sketch!

Janet said...

Thanks for the step-by-step of your technique. Your results are lovely. Even a drooping flower can still be beautiful.

Molly said...

i love seeing the step by step of your process and the tools you are using at each stage. your sketches are so beautifully detailed! how long does it take you to complete one?

Alltagsgewurstel said...

Wonderful sketch!

Unknown said...

It may be wilting, but this is my favorite sunflower sketch you have done. Amazing! :) I also like how you gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how you create these incredible pen sketches.

Jennifer Rose said...

really great to see the step by step of one of your drawings :D hopefully baby comes soon!

Rita said...

I loved seeing the step-by-step pictures and hearing how you do your drawing!
Babies come when they're good and ready. ;) It will be soon.