Flax Flowers

by Sunnu Golwalla
(Karachi, Pakistan)

Flax Flowers

Flax Flowers

Chris, a friend commented, "the flowers look pretty but they are stiff and lifeless.

Can you guide me as how I can put a bit of life and depth into them?

Will look forward to hearing from you.

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by: Ivan

Not stiff or lifeless at all. The way you draw them is a kind of illustration and is overall very nice! Your friend may not feel satisfied with this drawing because he probably expects the color to be more vivid. If you look one more time on a photo of flux flowers or a real one, you'll easily notice that the color is basically BLUE. See your drawing and you'll find that you have too much white (uncolored) surface on the petals that should be blue. I would suggest, first color all petals blue, flat blue without shading, that will be the first layer. Then, on this first layer you can add more darker blue shades. Then again, you can add more darker blue shade on certain parts of the petals. You need to have handy about 2 or 3 different shades of blue color pencil in order to achieve the right color tone. Go through some of my drawings and see how the coloring part is built layer by layer. When you color living objects like flowers, animals, nature, etc, one color is never consist of only one color tone/shade. That means, if the rose is red, and you want to color it red and want it to look like real red rose, you need to use 3~4 red color tone pencils, some yellow maybe, blue maybe. The same is with the flux flowers, you need 2~3 tones of blue color and maybe some white, purple or black too. Hope this helps. It is good to learn a little about color schemes and color mixing, you can google many useful info and basic knowledge on this topic. Hope this helps :)

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