I took some time to study the Hammamelis flowers. They are very small and I was surprised to notice that even with a magnifying glass it's very hard to distinguish at the base of the petals the staminodes, short and reduced to flatened scales. But if you know they are there, you look for them, … Continue reading Hammamelis flower morphology
Passiflora leaf geometry - Sanguine and ink on recycled paper.
How to draw a cluster of flowers (umbel inflorescence) Step 1 - Draw the ONE guiding line (or shape) of your composition – in this case, a circle. In that circle create the map of your drawing, the structure, in the same way a sculptor sets up a wire frame. Concentrate what you see … Continue reading How to draw a cluster of flowers – step by step
“All drawing depends, primarily, on your power of representing Roundness. If you can once do that, all the rest is easy and straightforward; if you cannot do that, nothing else that you may be able to do will be of any use. For Nature is all made up of roundnesses; not the roundness of perfect … Continue reading Ink study of knapweed after Ruskin
How to draw a cone Identify and draw in light chalk or pencil the lines that define the size, the posture and the form of your subject. Observe carrefully the angles this lines form. Draw the outline; concentrate on the large forms (the scales) while ignoring small ones (details or shadows edges). Continually examine and … Continue reading How to draw a pine cone