Lotus - Jul 25 2018

How to draw a Lotus

This drawing might seem easy to do but the skill was honed from drawing lots and lots of lotuses growing live in a pond. And also by taking them home, flower, leaf and pod wherever I can find or buy them and then observing every inch of the specimens, noting down every detail about the colour, texture, smell, and my reactions towards them.

Here in this drawing, I am using a Japanese self-inking brush pen. It isn’t a true brush as it doesn’t have bristles. I often use it for my drawings for several reasons. Its ink is super black and the line varies in width and intensity as you tilt, lift or press down on the nib which is not made from hair but is soft enough. However, the ink is not permanent but that’s rather a plus point when I use a water brush to create shading by pulling ink from lines or the tip of the brush pen. I include here the pin from my Pinterest board that inspired it.

Lotus - Jul 25 2018

final lotus drawing

Also, do check out my outdoor sketching workshop here: Mindfulness through art-in-nature: sketching the beautiful lotus. There is a video there that shows you my favourite lotus pond at Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park.

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