I decided to take a break from the horses and work on something a bit smaller and *intentionally* faster for a couple of days. The drawing is 81/2″ X 61/2″.
(I rather like the abstract quality it has at the moment.)
Originally I intended NOT to use cross-hatching… but that went by the boards pretty quickly. The photo I’m using for reference has a very dark background in places, which is probably why I was drawn to it in the first place. The flower is a very light cream/yellow and contrasts dramatically. (Sorry, I can’t post the photo: it’s from an old magazine, and I don’t have the photographer’s name to give proper copyright annotation.)
Anyway. What was originally intended as an exploration of the petal and leaf textures instead has become more of a value (light and shadow) study.
What I’m striving for is looser, faster pen work…along with, of course, an accurate, but not slave-ish representation of the flower. I’d like to indicate just enough of the background to give context for the bloom, but not draw attention away from it. We’ll see!
Have a great weekend!