View Full Version : Iris-Almost Done!!!

06-18-2001, 06:49 PM
I'm almost done! (posted 7/5)


You can see the difference between the right and left side of the stem, when the colors are burnished. Burnishing blends the colors together. Afterwards, I'll go in again and very lightly add more pencil to bring back up the color. Then I'll add back in the highlights. (btw: this scan is most accurate for color)(posted 6/29)


Finished the bottom fall, now just need to give it a few finishing touches on the bottom petal, which I'll do after I finish the rest. Altogether I used about 10 colors for this one petal. (posted 6/25)


Here is the third scan of the iris. Now when the pencil begins to feel waxy on the paper, is when I start adding more pressure to my pencil and burnishing the color in. The lower left-side is almost completed. Just a few highlights and darks there (after I'm done with the rest) and it'll be done. (posted 6/22)


I was showing gerak some of the tricks I use when doing flowers. here's a more worked on scan of it. I still have a long way to go on this. (second scan; posted originally 6/18)


Here's the first Scan. (originaly posted 6/12)


In the actual piece the color is even softer and much lighter then in this first scan, and almost all the white areas in the flower are prismacolor cloud blue. Unfortunately, i couldn't get the scanner to pick up the color.

First I used cloud blue to very lightly define the lighter areas, then I used rosy beige to define the lines in the iris's falls and in the area to the right. Thirdly I used french grey 30% to go over the rosy beige, and also over some of the
darker areas and smooth them out.

All in all the whole thing reads very monochromatic and very, very light.

06-18-2001, 10:40 PM
This is absolutely lovely! I can't wait to see it finished, but even as it is, it is truly amazing.


06-19-2001, 03:35 AM
(((((((Arlene))))))))...this is beautiful! And you're not finished with it?! Something very peaceful...tranquil about it.

06-19-2001, 07:29 AM
Amazing, look forward to seeing the full post when complete,

06-19-2001, 11:05 AM
Excellent as always:)

06-19-2001, 12:30 PM
Thank you for the progress pic! :)
Here is a link with the previous state of this drawing and with useful informations:
A rose in CP thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4170)

06-22-2001, 11:00 AM
Instead of starting a new thread, I just went in and updated my original post. Now there are all three scans, with the latest on top.

Thank you Bev, Teanne, Michael, Rod and Gerak

06-22-2001, 11:23 AM

This just gets better and better! Thank you VERY much for posting these in sequence. (Is quite interesting to see how you work!). (and I thought you were about done..) Great work!

06-22-2001, 02:57 PM
I know I find it helpful when I can see the steps taken to make something, which is why i'm posting this.

I think the more we can see the steps, the easier it is for us to try something also.

06-22-2001, 07:00 PM
This is looking fantastic arlene!!...can't wait to see the finish


06-23-2001, 11:00 AM
Arlene, what a vibrant cp drawing!! The finished work will no doubt be something to behold!!

06-24-2001, 01:45 AM
Lookin good arlene :)

06-24-2001, 02:43 PM
This is so lovely Arlene. And it is extremely helpful to show the progress pics of the build up of colour. I have rated this thread for that reason.:)

06-24-2001, 05:32 PM
Arlene, this is looking fantastic, very well done. :)

06-24-2001, 05:45 PM
I think you've definitely tapped a vein in this one!

Absolutely thrilling to look at.

I love what you did with the darks on bottom left leaf and flower base at right.

Looking forward to more!

06-25-2001, 01:27 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. In between work I must get done for a gallery show, I've been playing with this.

But I did manage to mostly finish the bottom fall.

I truely hope this is helpful.

06-28-2001, 11:56 AM

Did you work this in Prismacolors totally? The crispness of the overlap edges looks like verithin could have been added...you've done incredible work with this...can't wait to see the finished product, but have to agree with the others, it looks terrific right now!!

Great work!


06-29-2001, 01:56 AM
Originally posted by dustiiart

Did you work this in Prismacolors totally? The crispness of the overlap edges looks like verithin could have been added...you've done incredible work with this...can't wait to see the finished product, but have to agree with the others, it looks terrific right now!!

Great work!


Thanks, Dustii.

Not sure what you mean by the overlap, but this is prismacolor. the only verithin pencil I own is a white and I use that only to define the white edges of the flowers and the highlights on the stem. I just make sure to keep sharpening my pencils.

06-29-2001, 10:51 AM
Arlene this is turning out totally awesome!!....I love it!....Keep sending the updates!


07-04-2001, 01:31 AM
wow, thats some lesson, stage by stage, thank you. and beautiful to look at also

07-04-2001, 08:40 PM
Great Arlene, this is really exciting. :) I hope you will find the time to make a full lesson/article of the technique/progress. How is the gallery show going? Hope you are selling lots.

07-15-2001, 11:08 AM

I certainly hope you bring this with you to Harlan later this week. I can't wait to see it. I look at the one they have up right now, and just stare deep into it to see all the little detail. I'm fascinated.

I'll meet you Thursday.

07-15-2001, 12:47 PM
Very beautiful arlene, and fascinating to see the progress stage by stage. You have put a lot of work into this. (Makes me realize I am too impatient).

07-15-2001, 04:00 PM
breathtaking. Thanks for posting the steps.

07-16-2001, 01:53 PM
McLaughlin, Teanne, Ruth, Phil and Beau,
thank you...here's the link to the finished piece if you haven't seen it already.


Yes I'm bringing this one and a new one which is almost done. I'm going to try and finish it up today. :rolleyes: Looking forward to meeting you also.

07-29-2001, 11:09 AM
:angel: Arlene! :angel:
This is Awesome.:) I epecially like the textures and detail of the flower and the colours you`ve used. Do you use prismacolour Scholar or the Artists Quality Prismacolours?:angel:

10-03-2001, 06:27 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:
I really liked seeing the various stages. That helps other artists. It looks like it is going to be beautiful when it is finished. Iris are one of my most favorite flowers and I love to paint them.
Can't wait to see the final product.

10-03-2001, 06:48 PM
colleen, this was finished back in July,
here's the link: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14075

thank you.

10-03-2001, 10:32 PM
Oh Arlene this is FANTABULOUS :D