Graphite Pencil Drawing Art Lesson of Lilium flower.


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Step 2 - Sketching Outlines of the Art Elements

(1) I've learned some of the most wonderful artworks include one important ingredient not to be over looked and that is light. Without it you would not have your art subject well defined. Placement of radiant light in different areas of the composition can make all the difference in the world.

(2) But in order to do so, first I need to setup a thumbnail sketch sheet. And for that I use a card stock eleven by eight and a half drawing a line at the seven inch mark in landscape view. This provides a golden ratio composition layout to work with which will fit nicely onto a golden ratio canvas. Then I need to divide the sheet in the rules of third with light pencil lines to further set out where the art elements will be drawn in.

(3) The thumbnail sketch begins with a stream in the background. I started sketching in the upper right rules of third area of the composition. I drew the flow of water so that it moves to the left of the composition and down slightly. This helps to move the eye into the direction of the Lily flower drawn in the lower rules of third area.

I like drawing the art elements this way because it automatically makes one look at the Lily flower and then moves the view up towards the upper right of the composition at the beginning of the stream. It creates distance in the artwork's beginning. This sketch layout doesn't appear flat but has motion and depth so the remaining drawing has a good start to it.

(4) In the top background area some landscape area along with penciling a few trees is added. This really makes the art creation have a feeling of perspective depth. In this step our focus area is the flower (1). Then we are pulled up above it to (2) and we begin to follow the stream which then curves to the right of the canvas. From there we move to the background tree (3). After which we follow the stream to the left side of the canvas again (4).

As the drawing proceeds there's a question of do we want the lighting located in the area of the background tree (3) or from the area on the left side (4) of the canvas? Additionally we will be framing in the right side of the composition. Art elements need be sketched in to eliminate the opening and stop the eye from running off the edge of the canvas.

(5) #DrawingRocks #DrawingBoulders After looking over a number of reference photos I have decided draw in a rock formation onto the right side of the canvas. Rocks and large boulders will make a good stop of the eye and frame this portion of the artwork in just fine. Additionally in this drawing area the stones near the stream will be fun painting some below, half way in and above the running water's surface.

I've spent a little more time defining the rocks in this area of the artwork. We have to remember that rocks in a stream are tossed and turn over continuously by the waters flowing down stream. So over a long period of time rocks and boulders become rounded by this repeated action. When drawing these rocks keep the edges of them somewhat rounded.

(6) #Waterfall Towards stream's bottom as the water appears to be exiting off the canvas I've started sketching in some small waterfalls in this area.

First I penciled in the contour lines to show where the different table levels of the waterfalls will rest. Then we need to step back to check the placement of the pencil lines and readjust them to my liking of artwork's composition. These lines will move slightly when more rocks are sketched to create interest. One drawing principle to remember as I draw these rocks is that water wraps around bases of rocks as it flows past. Rocks also have form. Rocks have a top and sides to them, rocks are not flat and need to be drawn in a way that portrays them as such.

(7) Sketched in the left side background by penciling in a fourth tree to close off that portion of the canvas. With the composition complete it is now time for shading and highlights.

Graphite pencil shading of rocks in stream to determine light source direction.


Step 3 - Graphite Pencil Shading of Artwork

(1) Determining the area from where the light source would be placed had taken some thought on this artwork for me. I wasn't sure if it should be on the left or the right side of the composition. Either placement sunlight rays could have worked in creating a warm painting.

(2) The deciding factor for placing the light in this area was that just above the stream on the right side near the largest tree the art elements have been drawn with a bit more interest. There's more stream rock formations on the right side verses the left side of the composition.

In this area a few contrasts can create an impressive three point structure. This would be number three, the opposite side where the large rock is resting would be number two and the Lilium flower would be number one the main focal point.

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