One of the projects I am working on at the moment is creating a set of 4 lotus flower designs. This was a request I got based on the first lotus flower drawing I did, the Crescent Moon Lotus Flower, which is the first one in the series. A couple of days ago I finished the second lotus.
I want to write a little post and share with you the creating process (:
Sketching the main idea Starting out. Not much to say. I just sketched out what I thought would look good for this piece.
Getting the overall feelStarting to get a feel for the overall shape of the lotus flower, but still adding and re-shaping petals and leaves as I go. Also beginning to test out patterns and details which for me is the most fun part (:
Ink!I often do the patterns in pencil before putting my trusty pens to work, but once I do something I like I am very quick to make it permanent with ink. It is also a good way of forcing myself to make decisions and move on. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I spend just looking at the paper and trying to make up patterns.
Flower almost finished (:
Here the flower is more or less done. The border however is not. I spent the longest time figuring out what to do with it. All I knew was that I wanted it to be different from my last lotus flower drawing. I had to let it rest a few days before drawing on it again.
Getting closer to the finishing line.The border came out rather simple which I feel frames the flower in a nice way and underlines it as the center of attention. I also decided to add a couple of petals in the bottom corners. A simple addition but it gave the entire drawing a little more depth and visual interest.
Finished late at night in the dim candle light. I had so many thoughts about what to do with the background. I immediately liked the clean whiteness of it, but at the same time I had some struggles with leaving such a big space completely untouched. I did some experimentation and tried having the background black, but in the end the white seemed like the better choice.
Aaaand here is the scanned version!
Thanks for reading!