It’s camellia season on the Gulf Coast and big, showy blossoms are everywhere. Unlike the azalea’s brief explosion of riotous color followed by ten months of weedy-looking shrubbery, the camellia’s glossy greenery looks robust year round. Some varieties bloom for months and can survive, essentially neglected, for centuries.
But I like them because they are such fun to draw. Simple or heavily ruffled, their flowers range from snowy white to delicate pink to intense crimson — or speckled and spattered combinations of these colors. And their crepe texture is perfect for colored pencil. Here’s a recent preliminary drawing using a dark umber Prismacolor pencil:
And here’s the same drawing, with layers of color added. I used five colors in addition to the umber “foundation drawing” : Crimson, Cream, Chartreuse, Canary Yellow and Dark Green:
martha teller said:
thank you for sharing Val. Just lovely!
Martha A. TellerÂ
Loretta Armstrong said:
It’s camilia season on the west coast too. My gorgeous pale pink perhaps 50+ years old bush is show her gentle color in spite of the winds and rains of these past weeks. I can see them through my kitchen window. They cause me to smile ever day!
Roxann Dyess said:
Beautiful, Val! Love how the layering of all those colored pencils creates such a vibrant end result!
Alice Marie Hill said:
Thank you Val
That is gorgeous
I live on the west coast..Oregon
Wanted to plant one of the red ones so it will bloom hopefully around Christmas
Your drawing is wonderful
Marjorie Altmayer said:
Thanks for sharing, Val! Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!!!!!
Donna Worcester said:
Help Cant print picture as it keeps splitting Iâve never had this happen before, whatâs changed? >
Nothing has changed at this end. Same format as always. 🙂