Pr2-Ex2: Getting Tone and Depth in Detail

crosshatchUsually for a drawing like this I would use a smoother style of shading. Using the crosshatching instead made me build up the tone by laying light storks which become darker the more they are applied. I do some times go too dark too quickly so these prevented me doing so.

I used a wide range of pencils from F to 8b to black charcoal drawing pencil. In a drawing I did for part one of the course I spent a lot of time on it and looking back I think the shadows are not dark enough. I should have created more contrast which helps wit the form. So here I deliberately used very faint and very dark marks to see how it turned out.

The subject is a dried rose bud. I played with some thumbnails for composition and to decide between the bud and a dried orchid flower. Although I find the dried orchids more interesting and unusual. As the exercise was concerned with form the curbed volume of the bud suited best.

I’m happy with the composition, which is deliberately thought out. The shadows bottom left balance the bud top right and the tendril like leafs give it character.


Drawing the rose bud




About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Arlene Sharp: OCA Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing

Open College of the Arts Learning Log Student no. 509550

mathias sager - Happy Colorful Growth

Writing for Happiness, Colorful Painting, and Personal Growth for All

Deb Anderson, painting

One a week, more or less

V.W. Artist Blog

Art awakens the soul - A Daily Painter

Brush of Dawn Art by Dawn M Lomako

Painting: A Hobby Turned Obsession

Kathryn Duncan - Fine Art

Original Watercolor & Acrylic Paintings

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Charleston Through an Artist's eye

a blog about the history art and culture of Charleston and Edisto Island, South Carolina


Faith, Fashion, & Art with an edge!

Kendall Kessler Art

Original Art by Award Winning Artist Kendall Kessler


Drawing, sketching, painting every day

Simply Painting

30 Paintings in 30 Days

A Painters Diary

31 Days 31 Paintings

Oil and Pen

Paintings, Writings, and Life After College

SAM T.G. - adventure artist

Paintings and observations from wild trails and backcountry camps by a plein air artist and adventurer.

anna warren portfolio

looking for beauty in the small things

The Scratchboard Comic Project

an ongoing comic project by Karin Gafvelin

Violet's Vegan Comics

Vegan Children's Stories

Wayne Burrows

Blog and website of Wayne Burrows

Garth Bayley Artist

Musings of a working artist

surface & surface

Art & Design Choice Cuts

Yeshua's Child Art

Art that Expresses the Heart

Amy Walsh-Harris

Thoughts on my work.


illustrator Russell Jackson


Beautiful oil paintings to light up your life


My Learning Log - Drawing 1

OCA Ektah Maha

my oca art work and assignment

The Bi-Weekly Muse by Susan Martin Spar

Paintings by Fine Artist Susan Martin Spar

%d bloggers like this: