In today's video I will show you how I sketch the coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata). The plants from Rudbeckia genus have a daisy like inflorescence, with yellow-orange ray florets circling conspicuous green, brown or black, cone of many small disc florets. Here are some of the Rudbeckia species I came across: 1. Rudbeckia hirta 2. Rudbeckia … Continue reading Botanical Journal – Sketching a coneflower
Today's tutorial was a request from one of my lovely Patrons, the sketching of a Peony flower. In this video you will learn how to estimate proportions between the center ( carpels, stamens and anthers) and the rest of the flower and how to use construction line and geometrical shapes to draw the petals. Here … Continue reading Daily Sketches – 18. Paeonia
Today I sketched the inflorescence of Spathiphyllum. Aroid species produce blooms consisting of one modified leaf called spathe (sometimes of bright colour, like in Anthurium) and a spike-like structure called spadix along the length of which are hundreds of tiny flowers. Spathiphyllum have "perfect flowers" which bear both male and female organs. The diamond-shaped structure … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 16. Spathiphyllum
Today's tutorial subject is the colorful flower of Gaillardia. Part of the Asteraceae family, Gaillardia grandiflora has the same floral structure as Bellis perennis that I sketched a few days ago: a capitulum composed of hundreds of disc florets forming a circle in the middle, and ray florets surrounding this middle. By definition, ray florets … Continue reading Daily Sketches – 10. Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Fanfare’
In today's tutorial I'm sketching the gorgeous flower of Gloriosa superba. It is obvious that whoever saw it for the first time and name it made use of all the superlatives he remembered and rightly did so. Native to southern Africa and India it's also called flame lily or fire lily due to it's wavy, … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 8. Gloriosa superba
Have you noticed how many anemone species are booming in the spring? I was surprised to see in our area no less than 5 species of anemone: 1. A. ranunculoides (yellow anemone, yellow wood anemone, or buttercup anemone)2. A. sylvestris syn. Anemonoides sylvestris (snowdrop anemone)3. A. blanda (the balkan anemone)4. A. nemorosa ( wood anemone) … Continue reading Sketching a Blue Anemone with Ink and Watercolor
Beyond the apparent complexity of a plant you can find the simplest and the most beautiful geometric structures. Leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan honeysuckle, has an attractive, vertical port, intense green leaves and pendulous clusters with purple-red bracts under which are found both delicate white flowers and dark purple fruits. The botanical study is made after … Continue reading Botanical study – Leycesteria formosa
Botanical daily sketches from the last week.
I think it`s time to say goodbye to the winter. A last look at this two beautiful winter shrubs: Chimonanthus praecox and Hammamelis virgiana. I wanted to know more about the apparent complicated structure of Chimonanthus and I was so happy to find a witch-hazel with seedpods among the flowers. Chimonanthus praecox - flower morphology … Continue reading Chimonanthus and hammamelis – flower and fruit sketch
Pseudotsuga menziesii, 2019 Douglas fir. Leaves, seed and female cone with the distinctive three-pronged bracts extending beyond the scales. Dip pen and brown ink on sketchbook.