July 30th, 2014

Sunflower Study

British artist Emma-Jane Rosenberg recently posted this multidimensional study of a sunflower. We asked Emma-Jane to explain her vision in creating this artwork and this is her report: “Though I have no formal art background, I have always felt compelled to draw. I would describe my paintings in oil pastel and soft pastel as colourful realism with an emphasis on still life and portraits, though I like to play with a variety of media and sometimes find that the flow of pen and ink leads to drawings of a more instinctive or imaginative nature. I keep a sketch journal in a variety of media. The sunflowers were drawn from life across two pages of my current journal, a 5.5″ x 8.5″ Alpha Series sketchbook. What interested me about the sunflowers beyond the more obvious appeal of their sunny faces were the curling forms of their bracts, so that’s what I chose to explore with my Lamy Safari fountain pen. I used Noodler’s Walnut ink, which I then spread around with a waterbrush to create the shading.

I wanted to give a sense of the three-dimensionality of the flower without spoiling my line drawing (which is why I went on to do a second study, with shading, on the right). So I added a cast shadow by running my waterbrush along the lower edge of the drawing, darkening it close to the outline with additional pen marks which I brushed over afresh, without waiting for the first wash to dry.”

You can see Emma-Jane’s artwork on her Flickr photostream here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/17642194@N05/

MEDIA: Ink and ink wash
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

Sunflower

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