Phlox flowers drawn in Graphite and carbon pencil
I'm doing a workshop this friday on how to draw these phlox flowers. If you're interested in my process, follow along my step by step proess as I complete the drawing.
Tutorial in drawing phlox flowers in graphite and carbon pencils
This drawing will be done to scale with the original photograph which is 8.5 x 11. Begin by marking on the margin of your photo the centre points on all sides with a pencil mark. Do the same on your support paper. Here I am using stonehenge.
- Moving out from you starting point to draw the petals, being constantly aware of the angles and shapes.
- You can use your pencil as a measure.
- Look both positive and negative space shapes.
- If you hold the reference side by side with your paper you can line up where things should be.
- Turn things upside down to give a different perspective.
- Start with putting in your darks for the centres of the flowers
- Use your carbon pencil and then apply layer over with 2b graphite. work over with 2b a couple of more times until desired value is reached.
- Smooth with blending tool. (stump)
- If it isn't smooth enough apply a layer of 2h or 4h (very sharp point) overtop.
- Start with a 2B pencil applied over most of the petal. Leave area closest to the centre which is the lightest area.
- Blend with a tissue in strokes as in the direction of the lines in the petal.
- Continue with a layer of HB and 2H, blending after each layer.
- Be aware of the texture of the petals and allow your strokes to change in value.
- To get a better idea of the proper value of the darkest shadowed petal, apply the dark background areas with carbon.
- Blend, then go over with 2B.
- Start rendering the other petals.
- Keep note always of whether petal is lighter or darker than the one next to it.
- Start working background with carbon black and then graphite overtop.
- Carbon pencil smudges very easily so be careful.
- Always have a piece of paper protecting your work.