116- How to Draw a Lily

For this mini-lesson, I’ll show you how to draw a stunning Stargazer Lily from start to finish. I’ll be using gray-toned paper, a range of graphite pencils and white charcoal. You’ll also want to have a kneaded eraser and a sheet of tracing paper to place under your hand. I start out by making some reference marks so that I place the entire image right where I want it on the page. Then I determine the basic shape of the flower – a cone. I lightly sketched the cone and ellipse, then used a contour construction method to draw the petals and leaves. Now comes the fun part of rendering the flower using tones of graphite and white charcoal. I decided to let some of the flower vignettes for a traditional look. I hope you enjoy this demo. Take a look at my drawing workshop for a full explanation of seven construction methods that will allow you to draw anything realistically!

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Painting Minilessons
with Marla Baggetta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

​These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

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