365 Days of Art: Day 292 – Sketching a Rose

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

I’ve discovered Pixabay, a site with royalty-free pictures many artists use for reference pictures. I found a picture of a rose on it, and I loved the contrast with the red and dark, almost black shadows, so I decided to draw it with the hope of doing it in watercolor as well.

There are a few things I’m looking for when it comes to reference pictures of flowers:

  • I have to like the flower. I really don’t like drawing things I don’t like.
  • I am aiming for high contrast. I shy away from contrast in my drawings, and it’s so important in art. Choosing a reference picture with a high contrast already present helps force me into that area.
  • It needs to have enough petals to look like a flower, but not three billion tiny things that I would have to sort through. Some of these heirloom roses are no goes.
  • I would like to have a definite light source. Shadows not only create contrast but make things look realistic.

Anyway, today I started drawing this rose. It’s just a sketch right now… It’s the initial layout. it’s really hard to see the lines right now. Tomorrow I’m going to straighten them out a bit more.

I had to mess with some settings in order for the pencil lines to show up. Tomorrow it should look a lot more like a rose.

Here is the reference picture:

I’m definitely not doing a black background for this, but I may end up pulling out some carbon pencils that I just got for those shadows.

Have a great evening, folks!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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