I love Kelli's theme this month! There are so many ways that we can all interpret this in our sketchbooks.
Let me show you one of the ways that I incorporated the theme into a piece that I am working on.
I guess that I am just about as busy as all of you are, working on several things at once and trying to figure out a way to combine a couple of them.
This month's theme actually triggered an idea for another theme piece that I am working on - gotta love those kinds of synchronicity!
Here is a drawing that I had already done.
Crown Imperial (F. imperialis), a common variety of Fritillaria. I love the drooping flowers, the bright wavy leaves and the strong stems.
I drew this from looking at an old bulb catalog (circa 2005). I originally drew it on a double page spread of a handmade sketchbook.
Then I realized that I needed it to be much larger. I scanned it into my computer. In order to get the height that I needed, I had to print the top half on one sheet of paper and the bottom half on another sheet of paper. That is what you see in the above photo.
I cut the paper down in order to make it easier to deal with and to make sure it was the correct size.
I used matte medium to do an image transfer onto my painted surface.
And, as usual, changed my mind about it.
Decided that I didn't really like it.
(thank goodness I always begin two pieces at the same time! I experiment on one and save the other for the "real" piece).
All the while I was thinking about this month's theme at this blog. Thinking there should be some way to combine the two...
Enter "close up".
I decided to draw the flower much, much larger (close up if you will) and try that placement.
Here is a shot of how that looked (after I cut it out of my sketchbook!).
You can see the difference in the size in the photo above. I cut it out to decide if the size was appropriate for what I had in mind.
If I decide to proceed with this, I'll draw the flower onto the actual canvas piece.
But I am going to let it sit on my studio table a day or two before I commit to it though...
Are you continuing to flex your creative muscles?
Try sketching somewhere every single day! You can spend five minutes a day doing this. You will be shocked at how much you will improve not only your drawing skills but your skills of observation as well!