The daffodils are in full bloom here in Pennsylvania! I love watching them open and turn up towards the sunlight. I had to stop and grab my pencils and capture their simple beauty.
The weather is still iffy with rain, so I took some photos as references to work from. I start my drawings with a very loose sketch with a HB graphite pencil of the basic shapes of the flowers and leaves. For a small drawings, a clip board is a great tool to mount the paper on.
I worked with 4B, 5B, and 8B soft graphite pencils. 4B is my favorite because it is just dark enough to get great contrast in the details and still be able to lift it off with an eraser to create lighter areas. I started in the negative space between the leaves to establish the darkest parts of the drawing, and began laying in the stems and leaves. Stay tuned to Part 2!