Sunday, November 11, 2012

Meticulous Maiden - Fair Flora

It's been a while since I've posted some art along with my steps.
After acquiring a hand injury this piece was particularly challenging, especially since it's likely my most detailed illustration thus far.

I present to you my vision of the goddess Flora. This piece was inspired by various interpretations of flora I've seen throughout my life, and from quite recently a description of the Welsh goddess Olwen. In my version though, she is adorned with red clovers (for stylistic purposes) and she her hair is made from spring flowers. (Flowers include: clovers, dandelions, crocuses, camellias, magnolias, periwinkles, catkins, bell flowers, baby's breath, hyacinths, hydrangeas, lisianthuses, daisies, snow drops, lilies of the valley, morning glories, and perhaps some more flowers which I've forgotten.)

Oh, and this piece was for as set of promotional postcards.

Here's how it all came together:

The humble, little thumbnail

Rough sketch

Loose pencil. Really, if I penciled in all the flowers at once I would have gone bonkers.
Colour study. Ended up taking a different approach in the end

Inked line-work, stage 1. (I worked in chunks penciling and inking, one right after the other)
Inked line-work, stage 2. I decided to try out a method less familiar to me - 'silhouette inking' certain vines and leaves
Here, I coloured most flowers. (Still needed to paint her face and add more depth to certain sections)
(click to enlarge) Finished piece! Front and back of my postcard

close ups

`Bristol Smooth Paper
`Micron pens
`Koh-i-Noor waterproof colour inks

Approximate Size:
7.5 x 10.5 inches