12 July 2013

Butterflies Page Sequence. The Art Of Patience.

Working on a drawing of a Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Untitled
Monarch & Yellow Admiral
Red Admiral
Red Admiral

Stillman and Birn Epsilon Series Hardbound Sketchbook.
Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils.
 
I'm really amazed of what I have done here, specially in terms of being patient.
I normally do fast sketches or a page which takes me lot less than one day to finish. This page has been done through almost a week ...not working continuously though. 
Each butterfly took me around three hours to complete.

Working with colored is very rewarding but takes time. You don't realize that while drawing because it is very relaxing, it is almost meditative. You can achieve great rich colors with lots of layers and like watercolors you can have a limited palette because you can mix the colored pencils as well.

I've been reading and doing some exercises from Botanical Drawing in Color by Wendy Hollender.  
I highly recommend her book if you want to try serious drawings with colored pencils, even if you don't want to draw flowers. She only uses 20 of the 120 colors available in the Polychromos range and does the most beautiful botanical illustrations. 

I'm very happy with my butterflies, I still look at them and can't believe I made them!!! 

16 comments:

  1. Ficaram lindíssimas! Tal e qual as verdadeiras! Parabéns!

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    1. Obrigada Mãos e manias!!! Me alegra que te gusten!

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  2. WOW! Maria, they look lovely and so real looking. I couldn't have imagined that just pencil colours could make such life like images. I find that the more detail there is in an image, the more time it takes. My mini-paintings take longer than any of the bigger canvas. I have to go slower in order not to make any mistakes.

    p.s. thank you for your comment! xo R
    www.reesecarrozzini.com

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    1. Thank YOU Reese!! Colored pencils have been a revelation to me too. Never imagine I could achieve so much with them.

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  3. they look beautiful. I love painting butterflies, they are so meaningful.

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    1. Thank you very much! I love butterflies too, it is a recurrent symbol in my art.

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  4. Your butterflies are quite stunning! They are SO realistic! I so love butterflies! Thank you for always being a creative inspiration :-)

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    1. Thank you very much Indigo! I'm very surprised of what I have achieved here ;)

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  5. I agree, drawing is definitely meditative! I ought to try something that takes more than one sitting. I am so used to trying to be quick, quick, quick! I love what you did!

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    1. It's been a challenge to make things in more than one sitting but I'm very happy I'm doing it and I'm loving the process. The funny thing is when I finish I'm kind of intimidated because I doubt I will get the same results in the next piece! Thank you Fran.

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  6. These are just stunning! I'm so inspired by your work! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank YOU very much for visiting my blog and for your kind words!!!

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    1. Thank you KC, that is a great complement!

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  8. I love your blog and your art work and I get excited everytime I get an email saying you've updated! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Laura thank you very much for following my blog and for such a lovely comment!

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