I grabbed this flower at the farmers market. Since I was using pencil, the color didn't matter. It was the shapes that I wanted to draw.
This is where I left off after the first session. My flower didn't last more than a few days, so I grabbed another at the flower shop. Even though it was a different color, the basic shape was the same, so it worked out well.
I started out by adding the new flower to my drawing.
This had to be reworked a few times. In a painting, it is very easy to distinguish the lights and the darks, but with drawing, I have to constantly be on the lookout for everything falling into the dreaded middle tone.
A close up of some lights and shadows in the petals.
And this is the finished drawing. I actually attempted to add a third bloom, but it just did not look right, so I'm leaving it at two and calling it done. I'm not sure what I'll do for my next piece, but I'm thinking about roses. Like most artists, I enjoy torturing myself, so I may as well give it a shot!