Sunflower Geometry

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I’m still working this with the watercolours. Trying to decide if I want to use acrylics for the seeds, maybe try to make them three dimensional. And if I should leave a section showing the drawing detail. It has me mesmerized so I only took one photo this time.

5 Responses to “Sunflower Geometry”

  1. melancholiastudioinc Says:

    It’s kind of fun to have a great image to work with and play with ideas for development. Even though you are still working on it, each stage is complete in its own way. I can’t remember if you said what other mediums you used. The drawing, pencil? Colored penciles? And did you use ink an this anywhere? I like the idea of the acrylic seeds. The shading within each of those curved lines in really great.

    • graphicanthropology Says:

      This one is engaging me deeply. Its the mathematics creating something that isn’t mathematics. And getting myself ready for painting flowers and vegetables in the park for this summer’s market. I plan on having this piece finished to sit beside me hypnotizing people while I sit painting other things.
      The process so far has been, a drawing with pencil first, followed by the first level of shading in watercolour. The background is also watercolour, a very thin wash onto wet paper, then a splash of salt over the whole thing. The salt has a chemical reaction with the pigment in the wash creating very interesting effects. Then there is another level of shading with watercolour on the petals. The interior seed section is shaded with just watercolour pencils at the moment. I still haven’t decided if I will make them 3D or just shade them to look that way. Also some of the darker shades on the petals and background are with the pencils. There’s no ink.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Friggin Awesome!

  3. melancholiastudioinc Says:

    It’s interesting to watch it come along. I had heard about using salt, but I must have only heard half. I mixed salt in with acrylics, which I used without water (it seemed to me, if I was going to add water, why wouldn’t I just use water color?). So I ended up with an interesting pebbly texture on a lampshade. I used regular salt I think, but I had heard, maybe rock salt? I wonder what sugar would do. I was rinsing out a coffee cup, watched the water go down the drain, and I thought, that would be a nice tone to use on something.

    I was thinking about doing something similar here. Sit outside somewhere where there are tourists and have some finished things I would sell for a few dollars while I do some drawing.

    In between dealing with the steam pipe (maybe I should sketch the gouged out ceiling) I was trying to finish an Easter project. By the time I was ready to transfer the drawing, I realized, the start button on my lightbox had fallen off (I opened it up, put the wrong two wires together which popped and made a pretty big spark and used a piece of glass over a lamp instead) and also, my Rapdigraph which I haven’t used in a couple of years wasn’t working. I know enough to clean them, but I must have put it aside and forgot, I wasn’t planning to use them again, I used to write with it, but it wasn’t really worth the expense of the ink.

    I have been through a couple of them over the years, never had any trouble finding them, now, however, no. Not all sizes available, or only available in sets — expensive. I found a new set on ebay and got it for half price, there were used sets and individual sets rather cheap, but no returns. So. I don’t know if it was worth it to get the pens, but you never know. It’s one of things, I will probably really wish I had it or find I need it for something at least once. I can’t remember what a ruling pen looks like. I have the speedball dip pens, but I don’t use those well in to not make blobs if I’m not paying attention.

    From what I read, the quality of line of a pen looks so much better than lines made on a computer. I believe it. I’m glad I went to art school just as computers were coming in, I was able to learn enough about computers to use them, but learned all the other stuff to.

    • graphicanthropology Says:

      I think its because of the chemistry of the paints. Like the mixing of the cadmium in the yellow with the sodium of the salt, etc. I have tried sugar and it didn’t do much but make the painting sticky. Black coffee makes a great paint, instant or brewed. Its actually more like an ink, or dye.

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