Exercise: Negative space in a plant



This was a lovely exercise to do. There’s something quite soothing about narrowing down your focus to the simplicity of line and space. I used graphite pencil to draw this cyclamen and I think the character of it has been captured, although it might not be possible to identify it if I hadn’t told you!

This was a really useful exercise in terms of observing detail – the serrated edges of the leaves for example. Cyclamen flowers are quite a quirky shape, not traditional flower shapes, but overall I think this looks like a living plant. A good reminder that the space around contributes to the success of a picture as well as the objects themselves.


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