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.
The finished piece with labeling,
This is a time-lapse video of a quick study of a tomato. I used two pencils (a 2H and a B) and a kneaded eraser.
This is the contour drawing transferred onto Strathmore 500 series 2 ply bristle velum surface.
The next step was to establish all the tonal values with a relatively medium-hard grade graphite, in this case a Staedtler Mars # H.
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
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.
This is a time laps video of me sketching a study of a dried thistle head. It’s important to start out with the overall larger shapes by looking past all the tiny detail.
This is the subject
This is a series of photos showing my process of sketching a study of a thistle This is the subject.
This is a time laps video of my process for drawing a study of an apple. I start with a soft pencil establishing the proportions of the big shapes. Then I switch to a harder pencil to refine the contours. After lightly erasing the initial marks made with the softer pencil, I begin to indicate the light on form with the same harder pencil. Notice I start with a mid tone applied everywhere except in the area of the high light. I continue to develop the light on form switching to softer pencils as needed to establish the darker tones.
This is the subject.
This is a series of photos showing the sequence of steps I use in developing a finished botanical plate in graphite.