A refined, finished line drawing of a flowering plant with multiple parts (stems, leaves, petals, etc.) or a branch with overlapping leaves. Draw large, and use the full picture plane. At first, draw lightly, to get the essence of the shapes you see and to place them on your picture plane to maximize the drawing’s visual impact (composition). Once the composition is established, use a variety of pencils and draw carefully, capturing accurate contour lines, shapes and proportions. Notice the shapes of the negative spaces as well as the objects themselves. Vary the line quality. Any tonal values (“shading”) that you make should be created with lines by hatching and cross-hatching.
Size: 11 x 14” (or larger) drawing paper
Media: To start, a variety of drawing pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
You can use other materials in additional drawings, such as charcoal, pastel, ink, and paint.
- Strong composition
- Consideration and use of picture plane (entire rectangle of drawing paper)
- Consideration of placement of positive and negative shapes and their relationship to each other
- Creating a visual “flow” from one part to another through use of lines.
- Positive and Negative Shapes
- Relationships between parts
- Line Quality
- Thoughtfully use a variety of lines (light/dark, soft/hard, thick/thin, rough/smooth, confident/jittery, etc.) to provide contrast, differentiate parts, give a sense of three-dimensionality, add character, and improve the overall drawing.
- Value range with hatching marks