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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Building the Values of a Water Lily

STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATION

Our dear friends Dave and Andrea Kramer have their own personal lake complete with a picturesque corner of water lilies. I’ve painted them many times in watercolor, but never drawn them in pencil. There were several challenges in this subject, including the numerous values of gray and rendering the petals so they appear to be underwater. I started the drawing without first creating a black and white version. That was a bad idea. I originally shaded based on color changes, not value changes.

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Reference Photo

1. Make a Line Drawing

Make a line drawing based on the photo. If you use ...

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