Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 4

I know, it’s Day #5…I’m late getting this post up. I didn’t finish the drawing last night until almost 10, and by that time…all I wanted to do was pass out!

Yesterday I had two sweet little 4 year old boys here for the day. They arrived at 7:30 and hung out with me until 12:30 when I took them to school. I was able to draw until I picked them up at 3, but then had them until 4:30/4:45ish and had all the mom jobs until about 8 last night kids finally went to bed and the hubby got home.

It was a long day, but I managed to get the drawing completed:


Title: Orchids

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink on acid free paper


Inspired/nominated by: My husband, Peter, suggested this one! He says he knows I am trying to narrow down my products to a natural and landscape theme so he wanted it to fall within those parameters, I love flowers, and an orchid was something completely new for me. It was a great choice and really stretched me (remember how I struggled with Sunflower last year?)

Favorite parts: That it’s over? Haha, no, while this piece was very challenging (both in subject matter and the crazy long day), I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I don’t think anything in particular stands out as my favorite thing, but if I had to choose, it would be how I finally was able to get the lines/veins of the flower petals where they were smooth and subtle. I’ve been struggling with that my entire artistic career, and I think this is the best I’ve done with them. Yay for growth!


Challenges: The biggest challenge was mental blocks. Trying to get the drawing done while I had time, forcing myself to focus and really push through as quickly as I could was hard. But there are times where I’m going to have a real deadline for a customer, so I need to learn how to work through this. Also, getting the contrast high enough between darks and lights so there was depth in the flowers while keeping the softness of the flowers was very challenging. I think I did get a good balance between darkness of the background and lightness of the flowers, though.

My biggest asset with this drawing was my white ink gel pen! It was a lifesaver for the highlights! It’s drawings like this where I wish I had gray paper to draw on. It’s a nice medium tone where I can add both the dark shadows and the white highlights, giving it a better dimension of tones. I’ll have to go looking for some!


Product availability: This piece is available for purchase in my Etsy store here. Prints will be available soon as well, and I may be doing an assorted plant/flower notecard set, which has been a long requested item.


What is your favorite flower?

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