It was my intention from the start to try and depict the seed pods of honesty in a soft velvety and silky texture with harsher elements of leaves or twigs as background.
Looking at the work of Andra Ursuta ( images from the Vitamin D2 book New Perspectives in drawing)
Man from the Internet 34 2012 Ink on Paper Andra Ursuta
Image photographed from the book containing a collection collection of contemporary drawings: “Vitamin D2 New Perspectives in Drawing” Page 299 Published by Phaidon Press Ltd 2013, ISBN 978 0 7148 6528 7
I was taken, not by the subject matter (although death and decay could be applied to the plants I am involved in drawing, I am more interested in the ongoing rebirth in the elements of nature) but by the manner in which she has used ink and possibly a form of resist.
Image in development:
the depiction of negative space using ink, conte and wax crayon.
tonal study using wax resist and pencil:
Emulating Patrick Caulfield in the depiction of negative space between the seed pods:
Patrick Caulfield Coal Fire 1969 sourced on line Feb 2014 from : http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/patrick-caulfield-873
Seed pods negative space:
Charcoal and biro:
Tonal drawings in graphite:
incorporating the background:
Drawing of one of the pieces of lace, in soft pencil, which I used as background :
Toanl study in “sepia” using brown conte:
of dried leaf:
seed pods leaf and lace background:
and tonal sketch in colour in felt tip ink crayon and pencil: