Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Black & White Savannah Iris

This is another in my iris series. It's not how I envisioned it, but it's been about 20 years since I did any pen work. Tell me what you think about the black and white balance, cross-hatching, and how do you know how much pen to use and how much is too much? 4 X 4 inches, Micron pen on Bristol board.

11 comments:

Tracy said...

more loveliness. i wish i had any advice other than your eye is wonderful - why not let it be your guide

Teri C said...

Wow, it's gorgeous!! It doesn't even need color, you captured everything about an iris that makes it an iris. And I like how the dark background brings it forward and emphasizes it's loveliness.

Sherry said...

I thought both irises were lovely. Right now I'm drawn to the black and white one most. The shape is so conplex, and so accurately rendered. Kudos!

Bonny said...

What a lovely drawing! I also like the dark background, but for me the details in the flower make me just want to reach out and touch the petals.
This is exquisite!!

brian nelson said...

You did a magnificent job! They look awesome.

biteyourowntail said...

I do use P & I quite bit (dip pen as well as rotring) - though you won't see the results on my blog too often!

Things I've found or learned - keep it subtle - hatch but don't cross hatch - just make your single directional hatchings closer together. Use a very fine pen/nib; try stippling - it's more subtle - and easier to vary the tones on such a delicate item, once you master how. Look at lots and lots of botanical art (or whatever other subject matter) - copy how they do their pen work - same for other subjects. Obviously I'm still learning too, but I hope that helps a bit!

I do think you have made an extremely good job of this though - trying to capture the delicacy of a flower in p & I is an incredibly tough challenge to which you rose admirably.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

It's stunning.

Serena said...

I'm a novice with penwork so can't help you with advice but, seeing your drawing, it doesn't look as if you need any. Beautiful work, Sherie!

jill said...

i love irises, so this one is a natural for me. i've not done pen and ink, so i don't have any advice on the technical aspect, but i know what "looks good" and i think this is it!

Lorraine Evans said...

I am taking a class in pen and ink right now but I seem to be missing something as I am having a hard time Looks like you have it down good.

Lorraine Evans said...

great job I am taking pen and ink right now and having a hard time of it. Not sure how much is enough