Once again, some drawings done for the monthly Pen and Ink Challenge on Wet Canvas. You can view the entire thread, including the reference photos here.
These drawings challenge me to do faster work… and to try subjects I might not choose otherwise.
Case in point: This one took @6 hours, and was a stretch for me. The expression in the reference photo (by WC member brooklyn) is very subtle: just a tiny hint of a frown, and mouth positioned as if the subject is just on the brink of speaking.
Portraits are *such* touchy things, and I almost threw this one away… because the subject’s right eye is out of position: a tiny bit high. I really couldn’t see it until I flipped the image vertically and then it became very obvious. Oh well. Practice makes perfect. 😉
The flamboyance of the ladyslipper orchid (by WC board member lisilk) caught my attention, so I decided to give it a try. Originally, I intended to do minimal pen work and tint the drawing, (the colors are very striking) but, as usual, I got overzealous with the pen. So I left it untinted. And, every time I look at it I have to chuckle, because from a distance, I see a character in the orchid. Do you? Time-wise, this one took @4 hours.
And finally, something a bit more traditional. The reference photo (by member hazegry) is very striking, with lovely deep red spots in the throat and on the petals of the white lily. However, translating the image to black and white proved quite a challenge: I should have remembered the maxim when rendering white flowers: exaggerate the contrast! The light source is above and behind the flower, so practically the entire interior portion is in shadow…but since it’s a white flower, going too dark is not an option. Ah well.
Thank goodness for all of those spots, the very prominent stamens, and the dark background: they provide *much* needed interest and contrast. Drawing time: @18 hours.