New Drawing for the Pseudanthium Series!

New Drawing for the Pseudanthium Series!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Repeating and reiterating is a key part of the design process… this is something that has been engrained in the way I work thanks to architecture school… and it’s so frickin’ true.

Despite this being key in my architectural projects or graphic design, it has taken a lot for me to finally realize the value of reworking a sketch, whether it’s in pencil on trace paper or using other tools like photoshop. I used to put all the effort into that first initial drawing and just leave it how it turned out. I’m not sure if I was unsure about messing with the spirit of the original, or I just didn’t feel like putting this effort into making another drawing, haha.

The drawing featured in this post is part of the flower series that I’ve been working on for almost two years now. This was a sponteneous drawing that came to me late one night just as I was ready to float off into dreamland. But the burst of inspiration was too strong, so I jumped out of bed, grabbed my favorite watercolor pad, and scratched away at the sheet.

I’d always wanted to draw a peony but it’d always been a daunting task that might lead to a more stressful process than I was down for. Well, it turns out that drawing all the petals was more soothing than I expected, and they were my favorite part of revising the drawing. I redrew the petals and shadows over and over until they reached a point that I was truly happy with.

These are a couple of versions of the drawing, the first being the pencil sketch, followed by the digitally colored drawing, and finally the inked version at the top of this post. I love the rough and worked feeling of the original sketch and the tight, final result of the inked lines.

Any other illustrators out there? How has the process of iteration hindered or enhanced your process?

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