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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.


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,

inktense on claybord

sng sparrow inktense claybrd_20140630_0001

I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense  are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.

graphite study of a cherry


This is the contour drawing done with a #B pencil


Using the same #B, I rendered the light side in one  continuous tone being sure to save the high light a little bigger than I saw it. Then I used #2B to indicate the shadow side in one continuous tone, several steps darker than the light side.


This is the finished drawing. Notice that I did not lighten  the shadow side to indicate the reflected light, rather I only darkened the core shadow which makes the reflected light appear lighter than originally done.


This is what the camera saw.