Lotus flower II

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 ideaΒ  IMG_20151119_193740Starting out. Not much to say. I just sketched out what I thought would look good for this piece.

Getting the overall feelIMG_20151120_213034Starting 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!IMG_20151201_200612I 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 (:IMG_20151217_171005
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.IMG_20151220_223651The 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. IMG_20151222_003348I 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!

lotus2All in all I’m happy with the result. Now it’s time to move on to other projects and start thinking out new lotus flowers (:

Thanks for reading!