Thrilling-Time Dahlia Sketch

“There is a prospect of a thrilling time ahead of you.”

–from a Chinese Fortune Cookie

Thrilling Time Dahlia Sketch

Thrilling Time Dahlia Sketch, about 11″x14″, Indian ink brush pens, colored pencil sticks, from Rachel Heu’s sketch diaries


To see more dahlias, click here. Thanks for visiting my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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2 Responses to Thrilling-Time Dahlia Sketch

  1. Betty says:

    on your sketches, do you do the watercolor first or the pen? Love your work!

    • Rachel Heu says:

      Hi Betty (Mom) I realized that I forgot to say what medium I used (India ink brush pens, colored pencil sticks)

      With this group of sketches, I was going fast a trying to capture the dahlia to paper– I did a little of both; dropping color on the page vs. outlining. I find that the easiest way to draw a dahlia is to think about the positive and negative space that the petals create. I draw the outline first and start to define individual petals later. It seems to be easier to get the individual petals to be in a place that makes sense. I usually do the color of the stems first, and then outline as needed. You’ll notice that on the bottom dahlia that I don’t define all of the petals with the black ink because I feel that they are already implied.

      Thank you for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that helps!


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