April 24, 2009

April Virtual Sketch Date - Rhododendron bud

I suck at florals, and would not venture into one even if threatened at gun point! :) Not that I am not inspired by them. When the daffodils were all around everywhere, I was so regretting I am so pathetic with flowers. Maybe some day, I might do some. Currently, I feel my style of using strong contrasts and generally visible hard edges is not quite suited for the softness that's needed to render a flower. I have a long way to go in terms of softening my edges before I can render delicate darlings.

Rhododendron bud
Colored pencil on paper, 9 * 9 inches
Copyright Nithya Swaminathan

However, since the blog events are all about getting out of your comfort zone, I decided to do this one as well. It has such lovely colors, and I have gone in for colored pencil. Thanks to Jeanette for a great image, I had a lot of fun.

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  1. Nithya, I think you are too hard on yourself. After looking at your work on your website and the slideshow in sidebar, I think you CAN do florals. All you need is to add some darker values to the above as in your still life pieces. This piece has good shapes, colors and composition. I love looking at your works. Great stuff!

  2. I don't know I think this is one flower that hard edges works well with. Nice colours.

  3. Thank you bdycttdncr. I will definitely make a serious attempt at doing florals sometime in the near future.

    Thank you Paulette. Yeah the edges probably work fine here. But in general softening edges is something I need to work upon a lot. Not just for florals, even otherwise.:)


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