Live Lessons: "Sunflowers" - Pen and Ink

Pen and Ink Botanical drawing
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This lesson series features:
4 Hours of Instruction
4 Videos

About This Lesson Series...

Learn how to draw a botanical subject with pen and ink in this four-part lesson series. Lay out the basic contours with graphite and gradually develop the texture and form with line work applied with technical drawing pens.

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Finished Result

Here's what you'll need...

  • Technical Drawing Pens
  • Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Eraser

Lesson Discussion

  1. I’m curious. When you did the general shapes of the sunflowers did the general shape include the petals of the flowers? Or are we supposed to allow space for the petals to stretch outside of the circles and ellipses?

    • Hi Brandy, Yes, the general shape included the petals. I like to work from broad shapes first and then define the smaller shapes within the larger ones. The ellipses that were drawn for the overall shape of each flower included the petals. I then went back and defined the shapes for each petal within the larger elliptical shape.

  2. Now that I am trying to work along with you I don’t have time to chat. I am finding that you are going much faster when I am trying to work along with you. I think that is good for me because I think it is too easy for me to get bogged down in detail. Great class. Gail Taylor

  3. Hi Matt, Just got back from a trip to Madrid, so I’m catching up. I thought you might like to know that the correct pronunciation of Staedtler is Stedler.

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