I’ve been trying to get back into drawing from life again lately. I have a little sketchbook that I keep in my purse so it’s with me wherever I go, but I find I don’t draw in it as often as I thought I would. Instead, I’ve started sketching in it at home. Yesterday I sketched the branches of a tree that I saw through the window. I don’t love the cold weather that winter brings, but I do love the shape and pattern of bare tree branches.
Once it got dark outside, I sketched a small potted begonia that sits on the coffee table.
After drawing the begonias, I had an idea for a stylized drawing.
I still referenced the real plant to draw the shapes of the blossoms, but I simplified the petals a bit where I needed to and arranged the blossoms in a chain.
The next drawing I did was based on a few doodles that I’ve done before, but haven’t yet scanned.
Maybe there was a little influence from the tree branches as well?
As I was working on the last two drawings, my Sketchbook Project theme was definitely on my mind. What can I say? I’m hooked on my theme (lines & grids) and can’t wait to get my sketchbook!
The chain of begonia blossoms seemed like it would work for a pattern, so I played around a bit in photoshop.
I like the look of the gray and white, but I couldn’t resist adding some color, also in photoshop.
I tried out a ton of color variations in photoshop, and posted a few of them flickr if you want to check them out.