Drawing A Picture of Roses
Do you enjoy gardening? Do you also enjoy creating your own artwork based on garden scenes? If you like to draw then there is very little need to go out and buy artwork, especially when you can create your own. The other day my friend Wanda LeBlanccochee shared a beautiful picture of roses that she took in her garden on Facebook, and I offered to create an illustration based off this amazing photograph. Have you ever wondered about how you draw a rose? Anyone who loves flowers and roses will want a way to preserve and remember this spring, and you can do so by drawing your own picture of roses. To draw the rose you must first note how the inside petals are a bit more snug around each other in the center, and how the outside petals are looser and larger. Keeping this in mind will make drawing the rose quite easy. The photos and videos below document the stages of sketching roses in a watering can.
I always like to scan the final piece of artwork so I can use it for cards and other creations, but I also document the entire creation of my drawings and paintings. Sometimes the early stages of a drawing and painting can also be used when I create other imagery.
Above is the amazing photograph Wanda LeBlanccochee took of roses in the watering can, which was inspiration for this drawing.
The first phase of this drawing was to sketch out the roses, watering can, fence, and other elements to the original photograph. I decided to use artistic license, and I kept and deleted certain things. To me the major elements of this image was the roses in watering can, the bush with the cut roses in the background, the flamingo decoration, the welcome greeting sign, and the fence, so these were the pieces I decided to include in my sketch. When I draw I often take an original image and change things around a little bit, so to speak.
In the photograph above I am drawing in more of the details of the roses.
The video above showcases what the drawing looked like before I added any color to it.
Above I am beginning to add the various shades of pink to the roses, and I am using a white colored pencil to burnish and add highlights.
The video above documents the process I made with coloring in the pink roses.
In this phase of the drawing I am beginning to color in the rose bush from which I imagined the roses were cut. Every picture tells a story, and in this one I imagine this is the bush where the roses were once lightly swaying in the wind.
I used a burnishing technique to color in the fence. On some parts I first colored the board of the fence with white colored pencil, and then highlighted the knotted spots with a black colored pencil. I then heavily burnished the drawing of the board on the fence with a sepia colored pencil, but on some of the other boards of the fence I started out by heavily laying down the sepia color and then went over it with the white colored pencil. The burnishing technique achieved the look of the fence, which I really like.
In this phase of the sketch the fence is about halfway shaded in. I continue to use the black colored pencil to undercolor the grainy and knotted parts of the wood, and then blend this in with the sepia and white colored pencils by using the burnishing technique.
The finished is now completely colored in and I will now finish the rest of the drawing.
In the video above you can see how the fence is completely colored in. I used a burnishing technique of layering white, sepia, and black colored pencils together to achieve the grainy look of the boards on the fence.
For this drawing I used a mix and match of Prismacolor pencils, and some other pencils I had from an artset called Gallery. I tend to mix and match my colored pencils, but I must say the Prismcolor red neon pencil I used for the roses and the flamingo really made the drawing pop, and I was pleased with how well the sepia and white colored pencils blended together when I created the fence. I have noticed the few Prismacolor pencils I have had since high school have lasted through quite a few colored pencil drawings, but this is because I have mixed and match these with other sets. It is tempting to buy a new set of Prismacolor pencils since these are about to run out, and the pleasure I had with using these pencils in this particular drawing has really made me consider doing so.
Anticipation was running high as I was nearly finished coloring in the green table cloth. There is just something rewarding about the exhilaration and thrill of almost being finished with a colored pencil drawing.
I hung my drawing on the fridge to admire the final result.
The video above shows what the colored pencil drawing of the roses in the watering can looked like upon completion.