Susan Brubaker Knapp here. I took a photo of a Stargazer lily in a neighbor’s yard several years ago, and have been meaning to make some art based on it. When the flowers theme was announced this month, I decided that its time had come. Here is the photo:
These flowers have the most heavenly smell, and their colors are amazing. And you have to love a flower with freckles! I started with a simple line drawing, done first in pencil, and then inked:
I water-colored it, trying hard to use a range of dark and light values and leave some white. That last part is always hard for me. I tend to want to fill it all in, but the little bits of white add such sparkle.
Once I got to this point, I went back in and added more lines and speckles with black ink to get this image:
Then I started wondering if I should do something in the background. Was the white too stark? Maybe I should do some simple black ink cross-hatching? When I scanned in the drawing, I decided to try changing the white background to black, which is easily done in a PhotoShop. Here’s how it looks with a black background. Pretty dramatic! Which do you like better, and why?