365 Days of Art: Day 302 – Working in Some Final Rose Details

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

I finished the final petal and also the leaves and stem, but when I looked at it, I realized I needed to work on a few things:

  • The shading needs to be consistent. Now that I have everything “finalized” I can see areas that are too light. I did a lot of shading with a 4B, and I see several more places that need more help.
  • I need to make sure the contrast contrasts, which means making areas darker. Contrast is a huge part of Art, I’m discovering. Yes, I’m adding in some shading, but I’m making sure to leave the lighter values light.
  • I’m still not sure how to do the background.
  • Off the subject, these types of discoveries regarding light and contrast have actually helped my sense of fashion. I’m more apt to choose more light and dark together than I used to. For instance, today I wore a white button down with dark-wash jeans instead of a dark shirt. Granted, there are times monochromatic works too, but if you want to make a statement, choose contrast.

Anyway, my goal is to get this done before 10pm, and it’s 9:44, so here is my work so far:

Have a great weekend and happy Friday everyone!

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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