Flowers are an unusual subject for me. I found that working with them is both forgiving and challenging. You can change things around and veer from what’s before you quite a bit. But it’s hard to capture the different textures and forms convincingly and I had to keep reminding myself to not resort to drawing symbols of flowers.

Here are three takes on a bouquet. This first one is all line, some with a glass dip pen, some with a bamboo dip pen.

This one is line and ink wash. Noodler’s ink and some white colored pencil.

And watercolor.

I have one I like best… do you?

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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24 Responses to Flowers

  1. Sherry Rix says:

    the second one, line and wash, although they are all beautiful 🙂


  2. The sketch is beautiful at every stage but oh the watercolour, oh the watercolour. Your sketch is stunning with the watercolour.


  3. Pete says:

    I like the first one best, probably because of the loose style and that the vase seems to complete the sketch.


  4. Painting flowers is not that easy!
    But you have done well.
    Liebe Gruesse Monika


  5. Sharon Nolfi says:

    I like the all line one. It has an appealing freshness.


  6. Peg Callihan says:

    Lovely and inspiring. Thank you. I’m always glad when you show up in my inbox.


  7. lise says:

    the second one … more harmonious … have a nice day!


  8. Lynn says:

    Enjoy them all but if have to pick – maybe the second and third. Perhaps because without the vase they seem more living or lively, somehow less a ‘still life’ if that makes any sense.

    I have a question about how your glass dip pen is holding up.I have used mine, both on cold press paper and on the smoother Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook paper, and really not that extensively.The nib has become very scratchy. Somewhere i found advice to smooth it with an emery board and that has not helped. Since you appear to use yours frequently I’m wondering if you’ve had any difficulty or have solved the problem. Mine is about unusable so I thought I had used it for a purpose it wasn’t designed for.

    Thank you Suhita.


    • Thanks Lynn! I wish I had some insight into why my pen works and yours doesn’t…I haven’t used the glass pen for long, but I would not use it on cold press paper: it does best on a smoother paper. And yes, I know it’s not designed to use as I use it: it’s more of a tester pen, to dip into different inks and test them, but I really like the feel of glass nib on paper: from, but not like a fountain pen nib or as hard as croquil on paper.


  9. Rhoda says:

    I like the first one best…it’s all done with various line-weights.


  10. Suzanne Tractenberg says:

    Hi, Suhita……These examples using different techniques are great and would be a really good demo in person. My sketch group has a question: in the second one are you dipping a brush into the ink as if it were WC? If so, wouldn’t you need to designate a brush just for this purpose? It would be permanently changed. We would really appreciate knowing. Thanks so much for your continued wonderful ideas and samples of your work! Suzanne in San Diego

    Sent from my iPad



  11. Maury Hager says:

    They all provide a unique perspective and incorporate the energy you have in all your drawings. Hard to choose. But I will say the second one. Thank you for sharing your work, I am continually inspired. Miss Karen’s Thursday morning drawing class. Now living on the East Coast. Thank you Suhita!


  12. Pat Brookes says:

    I love all of them , but the Noodlers effect is wonderful!


  13. Rita M Cleary says:

    I like all three…rach reflects a different mood. All three are well done!


  14. Kate Burroughs says:

    I like the first one, with all lines. Although if it was watercolored in, I would like it even better. Somehow the other two just seem less defined to me.


  15. Each has a unique personality so I can’t choose. But what a lovely experiment to try three media for one image.


  16. VYLYST says:

    I have the last one best but actually I like all of them! Beautiful sketches!!


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