Watercolour Pencils: Flowers

June 15, 2009 | Leave your thoughts

Flowers this week in Kate’s WC pencil class – so a quick Monday sketch. I find that I have to start the exercises early in the week or else I struggle to get through them all. No flowers in the garden much at the moment (we are in winter) and especially hard to find at 8pm at night in the dark and cold when I get home from work!

A quick loose sketch(surprise surprise!) using my inktense and trying not to overwork it (something that I OFTEN) do with flowers.

It is a little hard to get subjects from the garden to draw in the middle of winter and when working long days…



Nasturtium Pull apart

Was going to try and do a more polished botanical study tonight but I am totally exhausted so instead I just pulled a flower apart in order to understand what I was drawing…and had lots of fun doing so – what an amazing creation flowers are!!! I don’t know anything about the parts so this is just a purely visual/structural analysis!

This demonstrates my usual type of over-working with WC pencils… I just find myself wanting to add strong shadows without realising what I was doing and then it gets confused with the markings.

May try again tomorrow night….

BTW as I am a left I work from right to left across the spread. I started with the overalls and then progressively ripped one of my two specimens up!

Shrimp Pull Apart

Here is my totally random page exploring the shrimp plant – once again I worked from right to left across the spread. I really struggled to work out how to draw this structure – I was sketching on the run and had a bit of difficulty working it all out. Another amazing flower!!!!

I felt like a dark green background – pity about all the text I was covering up – so the background is a bit of a disaster… But is part of the page and the way things are today! WC Pencils are great for scribbling and quick addition of colour

Leave a Reply