Value Study of a Rose

roughly hatched rose

Roughly Hatched Rose

I did this little study last night. The only tools I used were a 2B pencil and a kneaded eraser. I used the side of the pencil to add the shading and I didn’t do any blending because I wanted the texture of the paper to show. The photo of the rose I worked from was very “flat” looking, so I bumped up the contrast in my drawing to make it more interesting.

It’s possible to exaggerate the shadow and highlights and still create a realistic enough drawing as long as the overall value pattern remains the same. I call this technique “the gentle art of lying.”

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About Carol

I'm an artist, an accidental author, and lover of life. I grew up in Yorktown, Indiana, and I've been writing (and drawing) this website since 1999.
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4 Responses to Value Study of a Rose

  1. i am 46 years of age and live trinidad west indies i dont know anything about drawing and i hope to learn from you i liked it when i was very young wish me luck

  2. Xoli Norman says:

    Great approach. Just saw this site now and am so looking forward to start. Thank you!

  3. shivam khare says:

    amazing………………….especially for those who are not able to learn drawing from school or coachings!!!!!!!!

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