Fearless Friday, Close-up

This is a fun technique to try,

framing a part of your subject, sort of like a map inset,

and using color only on the framed area

and leaving the rest in black and white

It will work for any medium you want to use,

watercolor, colored pencils, marker, acrylic, oils

This was the photo I used for this drawing and painting

Pick a start point and draw the shape as your eye sees it

I began with the lowest flower and then added the others

using “artist’s license” to change placement and adjust shapes

Remember, it doesn’t have to be exact,

you just want to give the impression

of the flower or object you are drawing

You can always trace a photo if you’re not confident in drawing

Tracing is a great way to learn how shapes relate to each other

to form an object or person

I recommend tracing a photo first,

but then setting that aside and drawing it freehand

Just like everything, if you practice you will get better

After the completed pencil drawing,

I inked over it with a waterproof fine liner pen

I deliberately left the right side a little incomplete

so it would look like it was fading away

I drew a rectangle around the center area to be painted

and began adding washes of watercolor

If you look closely at the photos above and below

you can see a slightly dark area just to the right of the framed area~

I started painting a pink wash outside the frame

before I realized it…

It’s not as easy as you would think to just paint this one small area!

The paper to the right of my painting is a scrap paper

where I test colors and washes before adding them

A touch of blue indicates the sky behind the flowers

“Close-up” 7″ x 10″ watercolor and ink

So what do you think of this technique?

It can really add a lot of drama to a simple illustration of flowers

As always, I urge you try something new and have some fun!!

Be Fearless!

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24 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Close-up”
  1. Jenna, what am interesting technique of framing part of your subject. I love that you are truly fearless in trying new methods. It is beautiful and the framed part really stands out and makes a statement. Happy Friday, looks like a rainy one.

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiord says:

    Jenna, this technique creates such a dramatic impact! I love florals, and the colors you chose are gorgeous! Happy Friday, sweet friend! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Rosie M. says:

    I’ve never seen a portrait like this! I really do like it and your floral colors just pop off the paper! It’s quite lovely: almost like we’re getting a “secret peek” into a world underneath your watercolor paper pad! Thanks for sharing, Jenna.

  4. Laura Kate says:

    Love this technique.

  5. This is such a beautiful technique! It’s like a little window on the world.

  6. That’s interesting, Jenna. II’m still not comfortable fully drawing but I like your instructions for that. YOu re right — practice matters!

  7. You are so talented Jenna! <3

  8. I love this technique! I saw something like this in a colored pencil book. I need to try it! I love the flowers

  9. Teresa Andrews says:

    Jenna, I’m not sure how to contact you. You have painted several sets of
    Bloody Mary glasses for me. Do you still do that type of thing?

  10. Mary says:

    Love your fearlessness and creativity Jenna! Happy Weekend ♥

  11. thefrenchhutch says:

    This is such an interesting technique Jenna. Love the creativity in your work…….Hope you have a good week leading into Labor Day weekend…….

  12. Pam says:

    I love this idea! It’s really unique and beautiful.

  13. The inset really does create an interesting effect! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions.


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