Spring, sunshine and showers, and months of neglect, so weeds are flourishing in our garden. Each week a different one appears, competing with the others for light and space,  and ripe for drawing… First a mostly monochrome sketch of some wild strawberry flowers amongst dandelions and other weeds, followed by the initial line drawing. Then just dandelions; growing in the ground, another initial line drawing, and laid out after weeding.

weedier1121weeds11Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, watercolour, A5 – 40 minutes

weedier01Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, watercolour, A5 – 20 minutes

weeds1L exington grey in fountain pen, A5 – 10 minutes

weedier03Pencil and watercolour, A5 – 20 minutes

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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8 Responses to Weedy

  1. Always look at the sketches, keeps me inspired to draw when i can, i have similar style but just keep adding more and more tiny details. Great blog. Thankyou

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Many thanks Graham. There’s usually a point when I realise I should have stopped fiddling with a sketch several minutes earlier. I read a quote that went something like ‘it takes two people to make a good sketch; one to do it, and one to stop the other when enough’s been done’! Ed

  2. Sherry says:

    I really like these, Ed – the lovely freshness to the ones in colour and the intricacy of the other one.

  3. Ed Mostly says:

    Thanks Sherry. The line drawing of the single dandelion is my favourite, I think the colour obscures the curves and individual leaf shapes! Ed

  4. Rowena says:

    Fantastic- a valid reason for me not to weed just yet – I shall have a go at drawing them first. I’m sometimes a bit overwhelmed by drawing such things on mass due to the tangles web of detail – you have created a great sense of busy mass without drawing every single stalk – I need to practice this!

  5. Ed Mostly says:

    Many thanks Rowena, it’s like a private miniature jungle! In the first sketch I drew the main leaves and any other clearly defined flowers and stems, then just filled in the gaps with random stalky/leafy lines. The ink shading helped them fade into the background, and also made it clear where leaves or stems were on top of or below another. I think doodling similar lines/networks could be good practise. Ed

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