Monday, January 24, 2011

Can the Tiger Change its Spots?

This drawing is from a photo I took years ago in my sister-in-law's truly exquisite garden. Sue's garden is filled with lilies in colors as bright and vibrant as the sun. I was especially drawn (!) to this one (a tiger lily?) because of the dots and curves that add such pizazz.

It took a long time to figure out how to draw this flower. The very things that make it so beautiful also presented me with real drawing challenges, and real pleasure (those curves! those dangling parts with big shoes!) I will probably want to try this again sometime, to see how I can improve on this version.

This is done in color pencil on heavy drawing paper (very old, from a stash of papers I saved long ago).