I've never considered myself very skilled at rendering images or drawing in any meaningful way. I can sketch out a plan to put wood pieces together or something like that, but, especially compared to my peers in college drawing classes, I basically was very bad. So I didn't draw for real for about sixteen years, give or take.
Then I got an idea to make big paintings of flowers and decided I needed to be able to draw to be able to paint. Initially what I wanted to do is just really pile weird stuff onto canvas, using up some of my infinite stash of paper ephemera, and then paint something sweet and simple on top.
Anyway, drawing is hard.
I found my old newsprint pad and charcoal from school. To save paper, I painted over the sketches with old house paint I had laying around and sketched again and again.
Started out very rough using images from a 1970's houseplant book to work from.
|oof...charcoal on newsprint|
|charcoal on newsprint|
|charcoal and pencil on painted newsprint|
dried Yucca pods
|first use of ink and brush on newsprint|
|Plantain and sweet clover|