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09-25-2002, 08:47 PM


Title: I figured it out - this is an iris!(WIP)
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Colored Pencil
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 14X17
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Hi everybody!
Here I am again with flower…
This time it is …. Hm-m-m, I think the name is iris. I don’t know. My husband brought for me bouquet (wasn’t holiday – I wondered why?LOL) and I couldn’t resist the beauty of flowers. So I took pictures and decided to make couple drawings with my interpretation.
Well, for the background I wanted to show the stone texture. I don’t know does it look like stone or not.
I posted original and drawing in process.

Any comments and suggestions are welcome. I am in the beginning and Stonehenge paper is very forgiving so I have possibility to change something.

09-25-2002, 10:02 PM
Iris's are so lovely and what a nice gift from your husband....:)

Rose Queen
09-25-2002, 10:16 PM
These are flag iris, very common alongside pools and ponds. Yellow and blue varieties are more common, but these are quite beautiful.

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09-26-2002, 12:41 AM
Thanks artbabe21 and Rose Queen!
So this is an iris (I was confused because of white color - I thought they supposed to be blue:rolleyes: :) LOL)

Ok, going to fight with beauty:) !

09-26-2002, 01:06 PM
you have a good start. Keep us posted. And what a wonderful gift from your husband for no apparent reason.

09-26-2002, 01:17 PM
It'll be a beaut!
you are a wizzard with the pencil...

yes, it is looking like stone

09-26-2002, 03:56 PM
pencils .......... some people do magic with them !

09-26-2002, 08:31 PM
Thanks everybody for looking and replying!

LOL giniaad, I am not a wizard, just studying to be LOL :) :)

Actually all of my colored drawings are experiments and learning colors. A lot of mistakes and disappointments... But this is only way to figure out something new.

Any way, here is the last update:


Did I spoil it yet?:( :confused:
Any suggestions?

10-03-2002, 08:24 PM
Hi there!
I didn’t like result of my drawing and I decided completely redo it.
I think this one is much better….


I still working everywhere and everything will be adjusted per sure…
Any suggestions?
All comments are welcome as usual!

Southern Style
10-04-2002, 01:01 AM
Oh.. I really like this latest work in progress! It's going to be beautiful!

10-04-2002, 01:20 AM
sure it looks like stone,
go ahead, willing to see the completed one!

10-04-2002, 07:26 AM
I liked your first version, but I think this one is even better. You've made the secondary flowers (don't know what they are called either), the yellow cluster thingies to the left and bottom front of the irises less prominent, so the white irises will be the stars of the show for sure. I like the colors and textures in the wall too.

I'm glad you kept that lovely curving sweep of the flowers. This is coming along beautifully.

10-04-2002, 11:31 AM
I believe the yellow are a type golden rod
(that is what they call it here,
scientific name...Solidago...this one is "Goldenmosa")

I do like the currant one...

10-04-2002, 12:33 PM
Thanks ladybug_lane, meiwun, painterbear, giniaad for your attention and comments!
I am so glad you like my second try better - sure I am tired in digging in that tiny "Solidago":o :) or what ever it is:D .
It took about 16 hours!!!!!!!
But now is the icing on the cake - fan work on the main character.
I hope I will not spoil it - I am patient person, but redo it third time LOL, it is too much even for me:)

So, I am keeping my fingers crossed and going to finish my battle!

Thanks again!

10-04-2002, 08:38 PM
Here is the latest update:

and close up:


Did I spoil it yet?:( :)

10-05-2002, 03:39 AM
NO NO NO ( Mouth wide open ...!)

10-08-2002, 08:42 PM
Thanks Gilberte:) !
Here is final version (just finished).
How does it look?


Personally I am not very happy with this drawing.
Have planned to make another iris and do better job on realism in colors.
Still experimenting and trying to learn as mach as possible and as soon as possible.
Waiting on your opinion.

10-08-2002, 09:03 PM
I can't do a thing with colored pencils, so I can't tell you anything useful I'm afraid. BUT I think this is very nice. And I think you have a great feel for composition.

10-08-2002, 09:07 PM
Thanks aurorapope for reply!

10-08-2002, 09:09 PM
I think it is a splendid work!Beautiful!


10-08-2002, 09:11 PM
Thanks Julia!
I am happy that you like it, although I wanted different result on my drawing - more realistic. Sigh, so much to learn.....

10-08-2002, 09:42 PM
like audubon

10-08-2002, 11:31 PM
Jerry, you must be kidding........

Thanks for reply!

10-09-2002, 12:34 PM
I think it is splendid!
have you ever thought of
submitting your work
(to whomever your supposed to)
to be made into those special issue stamps?
I bet they would be a hit!

(ever so small insignificant suggestion)
softening the leaf in front left
to integrate it a little more
maybe not so many veins

10-09-2002, 01:41 PM
Thanks giniaad!

have you ever thought of submitting your work (to whomever your supposed to) to be made into those special issue stamps?
Sounds as a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!
The question is how to do it:confused: I guess I need look around.......... Thanks again!!!!!!

Yes, about leaf... I wanted to do it, but my husband didn't:) . He said he likes it and it's his flowers actually... so... :rolleyes: :)
Plus I already sprayed it with fixative - afraid of wax bloom... too late..

10-09-2002, 04:27 PM
Hi Alonya,

I think you are suffering from pencil fatigue when you say you aren't happy with this beautiful picture. Put it away for a couple of days, then get it out and look at it with fresh eyes. I think you'll agree with us that you did a great job.

Your composition and artistry are wonderful.

pb :)

10-09-2002, 04:56 PM
Thanks painterbear for reply and nice words!
(BTW it's Alyona, not Alonya:) )

You know, I started new project and stopped sighing about this one...
At list I have more knowledge and experience.
Hope to use it in the next drawing....

Thanks one more time for your attention!

10-09-2002, 05:05 PM
Alyona great job! I really like your attention to detail. There is one thing that I might suggest, has worked for me very well. In your next composition, try building all parts of the drawing at once.. instead of completing section at a time. One of my instructors back while I was in college called this "Feeding the birds" The story goes that with feeding each bird a little at a time kept all the birds strong and healthy..while just feeding one bird until it was grown would lead to the death of the other birds waiting. That way you can use some of the same elements in all of the picture to really hold it together and add some really nice hues to the entire composition. Make sense? I don't know how well I am at explaining things!

I love your progress with this! Keep posting!

10-09-2002, 05:12 PM
Hi Meldy!
You explained everything very clear.
But you know, I never had ANY instructors or art classes in my life – completely self-taught. I try to use what works better for me. And you know, I figured out that if you do your background first and the “main character” last it works pretty well. Of course if you know how to do it and what to do exactly. Sort of keep whole picture in your mind. In this case I just had luck of technique (my experience in colored pencils is only 2 months – no wonder). I think I know now what to do and how to do ….. I hope and keep my fingers crossed….
Thanks a lot for your explanation and reply!
I really appreciate it!