08 September 2013

Grape Hyacinth Revisited

I've been keeping artist journals since 2001. They use to be full of colors, collage, mandalas and images from my inner world.
I wanted to draw the outer world too, so around
three years ago I started teaching myself how to sketch and draw.

The image bellow is an ink and watercolor sketch I made two years ago.

 Yesterday I revisited the beautiful Grape Hyacinth (Muscari).
In a more detailed and precise botanical style I drew it again in colored pencils: measuring, paying attention to form, lights, shadows, etc...
You can see some stages and the final drawing below.

 First Grape Hyacinth (ink and watercolor) done probably in 20 min, second one (colored pencils) done in around 10 hours.

 Drawing is a skill, believe it or not you can learn how to do it, you don't have to be "talented", the more you practice the better you get, I promise you. I've done it!!!

I know some of you are thinking the first one is a good sketch and you couldn't do it. 
Check for yourself two of my first drawings on my unpublished journal and compare them with a more recent version:

What do you think after looking at this?