Category Archives: drawing

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.


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


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.


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


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

corps flower carb dust graphite

The finished piece with labeling,

time lapse study of a gladiola blossom

This is a time lapse video of me drawing a study of a gladiola blossom. Notice the initial rendering of the basic large shapes done  lightly with a 3B pencil and then the refinement of these shapes into smaller and more detailed shapes with a 2H pencil. I finished with the darkest detail switching back to the 3B pencil.



This is the subject.