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graphite and carbon dust drawing of the corpse flower

In August of this year the Corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, bloomed at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is a sequence of photos of the process I used in creating this drawing using graphite and carbon dust.

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The initial contour drawing on Strathmore 500 series semi-smooth bristle

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I began by brushing on carbon dust to establish some soft light to middle values. Then I started to draw in the details of the folds of the blossom with an F graphite pencil.

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I continued adding carbon dust for the soft shading followed by graphite for the details of the folds.

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The upper-most part of the blossom is mostly carbon dust.

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The finished piece with labeling,

sequence of graphite drawing: pelican in flight

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This is the contour drawing transferred onto Strathmore 500 series 2 ply bristle velum surface.

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The next step was to establish all the tonal values with a relatively medium-hard grade graphite, in this case a Staedtler Mars # H.

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This is the finished drawing after the darkest tones were refined using a softer/darker grade graphite, a #HB and #2B blended and smoothed with the #H