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Title: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 23, 2017, 08:38:16 AM
 :thankyou:  Nolan for another enjoyable lesson.  I can't seem to get my drawing as dark as yours despite using mostly 6B and 8B's.  Found this one quite challenging but very interesting.  Comments and critiques are gratefully received. Thank you.  Patricia


Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 23, 2017, 09:25:41 AM
Very well done, Patricia.  The first time I saw a protea, I thought it was something other than a flower - so feathery, they are.

I will give this one a go this week.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 23, 2017, 09:40:47 AM
 :thankyou:  Mea. Yes, the Protea are indigenous to South Africa and if I remember correctly, they are the National Flower too.  Looking forward to seeing your rendition of the Protea.    Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: EmmaLee on January 23, 2017, 11:32:50 AM
Looks beautiful, Patricia.  O0
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 23, 2017, 12:15:13 PM
 :thankyou:  so much EmmaLee.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Danielle123 on January 23, 2017, 06:57:50 PM
Nicely done Patricia.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Kathysutterlin on January 23, 2017, 08:42:03 PM
 :heeha: You are right on these new lessons, Patricia. I think it looks great.  :clap: I'm not sure where it is supposed to be darker but I like it as it is. It almost reminds me of an artichoke in bloom. 
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: JayJ on January 23, 2017, 10:05:36 PM
Beautiful Patricia!
We were able to see them live when we visited South Africa ...just the year before I discovered Paint Basket!
Pity... otherwise I would have gone and checked out the studio where it all began! :)
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 24, 2017, 04:26:16 AM
 :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  Danielle, Kathy and Zayn for your lovely comments.


Kathy, I try and keep up because I have such a lot of lessons not yet done and it unsettles me.  As for my drawings never being as dark as Nolan's, you just have to compare his tonal ranges with mine and you will see what I mean but thanks for your encouragement.


Zayn, it was lovely that you were able to see South Africa.  Did you manage to make it to any of the Game Reserves?


Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Val on January 24, 2017, 06:38:53 AM
Patricia you have done an excellent job  O0   I just managed to downloaded the ref. for this last night!

I like it just as is, but if you find the values are bothering you, you could just lift a tiny bit out with your putty rubber and bring out the highlights more. That should give you the counterchange you're looking for.

Perhaps your Protea is just in the shade!  ;)    ;D
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 24, 2017, 10:08:30 AM
 :thankyou:  Val and bless you for the advice which is a good idea.  Having said that, my tonal values are much improved to what they were, thanks to you for telling me to use a darker pencil which I was always afraid to try but it certainly has made a vast improvement and I shall be ever grateful for that. Thanks Val.


Patricia 
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Win on January 24, 2017, 04:02:02 PM
Very nicely done Patricia  :clap:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: JayJ on January 24, 2017, 05:38:48 PM
Yes Patricia...we went to Kruger park and another reserve, name escapes me right now!Loved charming old bungalows turned into hotels!
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 25, 2017, 05:09:38 AM
 :thankyou:  Win for your lovely comments.   




Zayn, I am so pleased that you made it to Kruger Park.  Wasn't it wonderful to see the animals in their own habitat? We went there as often as we could for it is a vacation so different from any other one could have. 


Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: TeresaM on January 28, 2017, 06:41:08 PM
Patricia great drawing. I love protea flowers. Great cut flowers  for the vase. We can easily grow them in Australia too.
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on January 29, 2017, 05:26:34 AM
 :thankyou:  Theresa. Yes, they are lovely flowers and I am sure that you would be able to grow them very easily in Australia for the weather conditions are apparently very similar to South Africa.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: nolan on February 07, 2017, 12:02:49 AM
here is my drawing from the class :
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: JayJ on February 07, 2017, 01:35:04 AM
Beautiful Nolan!
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 07, 2017, 08:12:42 AM
The first time I saw a protea I thought they were some kind of fake feather flowers. 

Now I have great respect for them.  So unusual.  Unique beauty.

Definitely will give this a go.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 17, 2017, 11:38:01 PM
Took a while to get back to finish this protea.

I wish I could make mine as smooth and illuminated as Patricia's, but I kept losing the lines.


Good exercise, though.  Thanks, Nolan.  I am going to use the pink version and do an oil painting of it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: JayJ on February 18, 2017, 12:35:33 AM
Really really beautiful Mea!It has its own character...I like it!
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Win on February 18, 2017, 04:16:56 AM
Nicely done Mea  :clap: its difficult to get that velvety look they have. Look forward to seeing your oil painting  :)
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on February 18, 2017, 04:35:19 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, you have done a beautiful job on the Protea. I always admire how dark you get your drawings. Would love to see your oil version of it. Gosh! You are so versatile ... using all these different mediums. I wish I wasn't so timid.   :crazy2:


Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Val on February 18, 2017, 07:03:21 AM
Great job Mea.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

To help smooth it out you could very lightly glaze (can you glaze with pencil?) over it with a 2H pencil. No pressure. I did that with my early portraits and it really does help.

We see Protea all over the Caribbean, seems to grow wild in some countries. Mostly Red in colour, some pinkish ones.
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 18, 2017, 07:45:14 AM
Thanks, ladies.


Patricia, what paper did you use?  Maybe that's why yours looks so satiny.  Mine was a generic brand - 90g/m2.  I used the top side.  I have heard others say to turn it over and use the back side which is smoother. 

Val, I am going to try the 2H glaze and see if it helps. UPDATE: I just tried it and it does help somewhat.  But, in my case, I see now it's the paper that is causing the problem.  I held it up to the light and saw that it has a vertical grain (like stripes) every 1/16 of an inch down the paper.

Win, mine looks velvety somewhat and Patricia's looks like satin.  I wonder if we were seamstresses in an earlier life?? :2funny:

Zayn, Hmmm.  More like "attitude" than personality.  Seems to be quite stubborn.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: NHC50 on February 18, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
Very well done Patricia. You are becoming a very professional artist.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on February 18, 2017, 03:43:58 PM
 :thankyou:  Nina, I appreciate your kind comments.


Mea, I used ordinary copy paper which I use for my printer. 


Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Steve Weatherwax on February 18, 2017, 04:26:27 PM
Patricia and Mea, both of your drawings are beautiful.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Mea, try smooth Bristol board. It's really meant for P&l, but you can get very fine details using graphite. Also, although I've never used it, I heard the back side of hot press watercolor paper is good for this.
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 18, 2017, 06:01:24 PM
Thanks, Steve.  I'll be on the lookout for Bristol Board.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 18, 2017, 06:02:38 PM
Thanks, Patricia, since I have that at hand, I will try it next time.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: TeresaM on February 18, 2017, 08:50:31 PM
Great work Mea  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Val on February 19, 2017, 01:16:02 PM
I have done pretty well all of my graphite lessons on printer paper. I've found it works a treat.  O0
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on February 19, 2017, 03:39:30 PM
Val, I love copy paper for pencil work too. Steve mentioned "Hot press" watercolour paper but it is so very expensive, I don't know about Bristol board but would like to know what others think of it so if and when you get some Mea, let us know what you think of it. Thanks,    Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Val on February 19, 2017, 04:28:44 PM
I haven't had the best of luck with some of the 'drawing' papers. So I save my good paper for when I do a drawing for someone.
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 06, 2017, 08:26:42 AM
My rendition of the protea, must say it was not as easy as Nolan were saying but I tried my best.
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Happychappy on September 06, 2017, 09:24:46 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautifully done Louisa.   Patricia
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 06, 2017, 09:38:22 AM
Thank you Patricia, Yours is just as beautiful. :thankyou: :1hug:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: EmmaLee on September 06, 2017, 01:25:11 PM
I think your protea is fantastic, Louisa!
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Val on September 06, 2017, 03:44:44 PM
Well done Louisa. This lesson is deceptive in its simplicity.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Win on September 11, 2017, 07:47:03 AM
Well done Louisa  :clap:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 11, 2017, 08:34:07 AM
Thank you Val, EmmaLee and Win. :thankyou:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: nolan on September 12, 2017, 03:17:36 PM
looks good to me :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: How to draw a Protea Flower
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on September 12, 2017, 03:59:29 PM
Thanks Nolan.