365 Days of Art: Day 298 – Detailing Rose Petals

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

I started doing the detail work on the rose today. First, I looked at the dark shadows on the rose, and decided how I would illustrate those values on my picture. I filled in the darkest shadow first, which gave me a concrete value to use when deciding how dark to make my other shadows.

I then decided to start in the middle of the rose and work my way out. I finished the first two interior petals and began the third, one of the main ones, but I ran out of time.

Here is the close up on what I tried to do:

This is the picture so far. (You can see my darkest value in the bottom petal. I haven’t caught up to it yet, if that makes sense.)

This is the reference picture:

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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