|Bleeding Hearts; graphite on paper; 11" x 14"|
This was a challenge and took me most of the day. There are a few leaves missing but other than that it's true to life. Luckily, bleeding hearts are very sturdy after they've been cut. I really didn't see too much change as the day progressed.
The flowers are quite amazing. Their structure is so complex and from every angle they pose a new profile. And somehow, each of them had a personality and a slightly different hanging length from their little flower stems. I'm glad I got to know them.
This was made with my Staedtler 6B graphite held in a pincher-like lead holder on Strathmore 400 series Premium Recycled paper. I've been searching around for alternative mediums and papers lately. Roz Stendahl keeps a fantastic blog where she, among many other things, talks a lot about drawing materials. I've gotten some ideas there. Also WetCanvas has a very useful forum on Drawing and Sketching. Palomino Blackwing pencils seem to be surfacing as the top choice there - on Canson papers. Hmmmmm.