Today I had a bit of time to do some sketching in a playing field while my children were at the playground. Of course this time of year it is filled with dandelions, they might be a menace but I still find them charming.
Here is the spread of dandelions I did in different ways. As I gain confidence with this art thing I like to play around with the style of a single subject.
I always love pen and ink, something about the bold line of the pen always seems to feel right to me. I also get to splash on the colour very loosely this way.
This was done directly to watercolour, no pencil or anything underneath. I tried to use the strokes and values to indicate the shadows and petals. While I like it, it seems to lack a bit of impact for me.
The final one (seen in my original shot of the spread) is where I used a darker watercolour outline in a similar way to my penwork. I was looking for a more graphic look without the pen. I did end up muddying it up a little, but maybe I’m getting somewhere with that idea. I was using a waterbrush so the marks ended up pretty thick. I also did some very loose watercolour dandelions but they just don’t read like the flower to me.
In the end I’m still not sure which one I like best, pen and ink or the one with watercoloured outlines? I’ll keep experimenting. Do you have a particular “style” that you tend to stick to? Or do you like to play around?