Tag: flowers

Painting Flora

Stargazer lily in Watercolor

Stargazer lily in Watercolor (littlemissmarikit)

I haven’t been on much. Work and real life had gotten in the way and I haven’t drawn/painted as much as I wanted to. However, I still have had some output. i am still on a watercolor kick. and I still want to learn how to paint with this medium so the first things I want to learn is flora.

Ok, I admit. I find it a boring subject. I mean painting frilly flowers has never been my style. I use them,of course to bring color to my art,but Ive never really focused on them as the subject of my painting. well.. until now.

I am a  believer of learning at least everything once so I did.

Was I up for a surprise. The practice piece I did, on the right, Stargazer Lily, looks ok but it really feels so 2D— I still cant draw realistic flowers. Which kind of pisses me off because they were supposed to be a mundane subject.

Boy was I wrong! Painting flowers can be hard too and you have to capture everything about them. The colors, the way the light touches them, the foilage underneath, the details in the pistils and other parts, the colors underneath, the shadows  and the list goes on. I was really lost when I painted flora.

So, I decided to learn more. The Piece below is a lotus flower and I really had a tough time with it. not only did painting white flowers pose a challenge (reflective colors and such) but because it was on water, which I have NOT learned yet. ( I will challenge it soon) reflections are hard to learn too and I have to capture all colors as realistically as possible. though it looks better, still i am not too satisfied. I guess I need to paint more flowers to learn them. It may take years, but I am pretty sure that the journey will be challenging and fun

Lotus and Lilypads 2015

Watercolor on Bienfang A4

Summer Kimonos and Blooms

Watercolor on Canson Montval

Ao Natsu/ 2015 / Watercolor

It’s summer. DOH!  It’s so warm… and I haven’t died yet. Just been busy.

So, now that I have gotten over the door phase. I am now into another phase in my art — YUKATAS. I have always loved Yukatas – to me they are wearable art and they so delicate and beautiful and expressive that I want to experience wearing one myself. I actually made one before for cosplay waaay back when I was in America and I loved it (although it was Fuu from Samurai Champloo’s basic one)

So I did the piece on the left a few weeks ago. It’s entitled “Ao Natsu” ( Blue Summer in English) the blue obviously came from her hair. It was the first time I painted hair like that, in streaks instead of full shades and I was inspired by some art I found on pixiv. The yukata’s design was from a wallpaper I found on Cherry blossoms and the obi and the thingie at the back was from a kimono on google. I mixed elements together to create this piece and I do hope you like it because I was surprised that I was able to control the paint and not put water all over it as I usually do XD.

fan dancer

Fandancer 2015

The second one, Fandancer was a more expressive piece. I took one of my doodles for the pose and tried to use it to express action. her eyes look a little lost, but I do love the movement it has which is not like my old pieces. I used orange to bring out boldness to this dancer and put on more makeup. The background was done using the throwing technique I learned in my door studies. and I think I did succeed in making it look like she was dancing in front of vines n a garden. I need to work on contouring the face. I wonder if I can master this?

I did one more but it was a commission, and I havent had permission from the owner to post it so… Yeah maybe later on.

Watercoloring kimonos and ladies are so much fun, though it is also challenging because I have to work on dry paper and unstretched paper most of the time. I also have to keep myself from watering down my work and just using wet on wet. I had to learn how to work pretty dry on this one  for it to work and a lot of delicate frisket work went to this pieces

I pray to improve my techniques more as I go along. I am happy with the improvement I have. and I am hoping for more.