I have drawn lots of fairies, gardens and flowers over the years and so thought it might be nice to do a post about flower illustrations and maybe share some sketches and finished artwork with you, just on flowers! A lot of this is really old stuff, but it is nice to look again at work every now and then. If nothing else you can see whether you have progressed as an artist, which is hopefully reassuring!
Flower illustrations: Where possible I like to do a bit of research work and use real species of flowers in my artwork. The illustrations I completed for Ivy Press contained many varieties of British Wild flowers, and there are some spectacular ones out there. For Templar Publishing, I added wild flowers, clematis and dandelions, which are not weeds! in actual fact bees love them, so let them grow. Mind you not in your lawn!
I have drawn them using pencil, inks, coloured inks and more recently watercolour, which I think works best. Watercolour can convey the delicacy of petals and leaves with layering and soft translucent colours.
Here are some old sketches for both Templar Publishing and Ivy Press, taken from photographs of wild flowers: