Comparing flowers and sketches

More botanical sketching, this time in our back garden. First some new leaves sprouting from a shiny hazel trunk, then Japanese and Chinese wisteria flowers compared. The final sketch is a similar wisteria comparison study, but was done when I’d just started sketching four years ago and was using extra-extra-fine nibbed fountain pens with black ink. When I compare the two pictures the main changes are speed (due to daily practise, but also better materials), a greater appreciation of the importance of curves, and the development of a more confident line (helped by using thicker nibs). Remind me and I’ll do another comparison in 2019!

frome111Fountain pen and water brush with dilute Lexington grey and Brown 41 blend, watercolour, A5 – 50 mins

mendips etc07Fountain pen with Lexington grey/Brown 41 blend, watercolour, A5 – 30 mins

frome01Fountain pen with Carbon ink and watercolour, A6 – a fair while

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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7 Responses to Comparing flowers and sketches

  1. Jim says:

    Great sketches, Ed. I like the way the birch trunk pops off the background. And the latest wisteria sketch shows how a bold, confident line can bring all the subtle curves and details to the front. It feels more solid and sure yet full of life. See you in 2019!

  2. John Buckingham says:

    Wonderful. Kew-worthy. Not your average 5 min sketch!

  3. Ed Mostly says:

    Thanks John, I think I should pop down the road to the Vicky Park Botanical Garden, some lovely stuff there. But Kew would be a real treat! Ed

  4. Cathy says:

    The difference between the two wisteria drawings is subtle but dramatic, your latest drawing is very eloquent! How did you get the tree to look rounded? Great sketches!

  5. Ed Mostly says:

    Many thanks Cathy, it took me a while to work out the difference, as the earlier one has all the ‘right’ bits of the plant there, it’s just the expression of the lines that’s changed? ‘Eloquent’ is a lovely description! I rounded the tree by following the curvature of the trunk in all the ink-brush stokes, and darkening the outer edges. The contrast with the cross-hatching makes it stand out too. Ed

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