Revisiting the iris…
As the background becomes darker, the flower is taking more definite shape. I would like to leave part of the background as merely indicated, but I’m not at all sure it can be pulled off effectively. I’ve been using a very light hand (limited detail) on the flower, to balance the values with the background. As the drawing is growing, it’s possible to add a bit more tone to the flower without losing the essential fragility of the petals. Maintaining the contrast is key.
Confession: I’ve been putting off working on the foremost petal (which, in iris parlance is termed a “fall”). It’s got a lot of surface detail I don’t want to mess up, and I’m trying to figure out exactly how to handle the “beard” area (the bit that looks (texturally) like a woolly-worm caterpillar) on each fall. (Apologies to those squeamish about crawl-y things.)
Which reminds me: I have seen almost no woollies this year so far… maybe it’s still too early? A town not too far from here has an annual Woolly Worm Festival, which I’ve not yet attended … 🙂