Thursday, March 31, 2011

Purple Crocus in Sunlight

Purple Crocus in Sunlight, colored pencil
Purple Crocus in Sunlight, 2011
Colored pencil on paper
6.5 x 5 inches

© 2011 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

Previous to this drawing, I’d never employed monochromatic underpainting.  However, accurately capturing the values in the crocus petals was essential to the results I wanted to achieve, so I used lilac to underpaint them first.  I then applied additional colors to attain the ultimate hues I wanted.

I’m pleased with the result.  The drawing reminds me of the vintage botanical illustrations I admire so much.

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