These are flowers my husband gave me for our 30th - yikes -wedding anniversary on Tuesday - and pearls too... pearls, for me! He is a very special man and I'm exceptionally glad I married him - but I'm not going into that too deeply here - I thought I'd just show you sketches of the magnificent proteas and roses (I didn't feel like drawing the bowl - and the pearls are a bit too much of a challenge - to do them justice).
I coloured the top one with the rather disappointing Pitt artist pens that I blogged about here - seeing if I might get a range of colours and values that I could use for quick sketching, but they're all rather uniform not being water-soluble, except for the pale yellow, which is as dry as a bone - I had to lick and scrub to get a slight tinge from it.
I drew them again, a bit more loosely - might colour this with watercolours, or just work into it with more linework - I'm on a bit of a drawing pursuit at the moment, since discovering this nib again that is so pleasant to draw with.
There's a good article on Empty Easel about foreshortening that I am looking forward to trying out. As much drawing as I've done over the years, I've had little tuition in the basics, having been dozing or daydreaming at school when they asked who wanted to do Art as a subject, which I really, really did! I'll let you know how it goes...