Been a member of the forum for a little bit.
Decided that I want to start drawing again and thus make a sketch book.
I am a beginner and I read Loomis/Vilppu/Rockman so now I am just improving my technical skill.
Present Project: To fill the flower page with more flowers to better understand how they are drawn.
drawing flowers is just like drawing anything else-- observe carefully and learn how they work :]
Try to use a long sweep of your arm to draw a line, instead of composing a line of many small lines. Start with -the- most basic forms first; don't just start in drawing detailed lines. Also, keep your pencil sharp for linework!
Thank you Vekke. I feel like when it comes to conveying value though I just can not seem to shade in a way to actually depict it carefully. I try to observe but when I hatch it it than looks like crap so I end up smoothing it out, thus making it look worse and mono-valued.
Thanks for stopping by my SB Drawings are looking great ..we need more!
One thing to concentrate on is trying to incorporate at least 3 types of line and 3 types of tone in the drawings which will make them pop. So a light tone, a mid tone and a shadow tone with both line and shade.
Note I offer this advice while at the same time being unable to do this myself!
flowers and foliage are very hard to draw,and If I was to be honest,the example you linked wasn't that great.Its more about simpylfing light and shadow shapes and good design,then progressing with detail.
To do this,you can squint your eyes,or take the photo reference into PS and blur it,this will give you a clearer idea of the dark and lighter values shapes are.
Keep at it,
"The one hope of producing better work is through the conception,not the material"
Thanks for stoping by my sketchbook!
Regarding drawing flowers, i havent done many myself, but one good thing to keep in mind when drawing anything is where your light source come from. That way you can think better where and why those shadow shapes are there, and it makes your drawing less general too.
I think you just need to work with more values, as others have suggested. I know one common mistake I've seen is that the drawing is done all in mid-tones with limited shading. In other words: no highlights, no real shadows. Don't be afraid to work dark and have contrast. Working with graphite pencils of different hardness, you should be able to get what you're looking for.
Hiya! loving your drawings so far! I'm going through Loomis/Vilpu, too. Soo much info packed in x)
One advice I would give, if you are taking advice, is to start big and work small. A mistake lots of people make (including me.. shame ><) is going in and detailing too soon, before everything is 'set up' and laid out. This gets you tired out soon x( This goes for both drawings, value paintings, etc... I think gestural/blind contour drawings will be really helpful for you, esp if you've just taken up drawing again, I've just started doing them and I feel a big difference. It really teaches you to see the whole thing as an essence and not get "stuck". Cheers and good luck, keep it up!