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Former Heliconia by Allison-beriyani Former Heliconia by Allison-beriyani
Botanical Illustration Plate of a dead Heliconia Blossom.
More about Heliconia here: [link]

I did a dead one because:
1. It was on the floor of the conservatory for free.
2. I wouldn't rot, dry up or loose it's color.
3. It was for my values class, so the color wasn't as important.

After about an hour of Prep pages, this one took about 5 hours to complete. (prep page here: [link] )
Media: Faber-Castel Color pencils.

I'd love a critique, and i know it would look totally kickass with some cast shadows on the paper, but this is a formal plate, and there's rules that say I can't have them. Poop.
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There honestly is more pro's than con's in this colored sketch.
I was actually quite drawn to it out of many of the watches I have to be honest, and there are many; the fact this stood out means something.

I really appreciate the fact that you decided to draw something that is at the end of it's rope. Often time on deviant art there are more live botanical pieces, so it is nice to see a little bit of the other side popping in very once in a while, even the beauty of death is appreciated in this piece, I find that very unique, whether it was based on convenience or not.

As for the colouring, the representation is excellent. The colours are very believable and if it did in fact have shadows [take no offense. =P], it probably could be mistaken for a photograph. That being said, although I myself love a nice blank background, something that could really finish this and make it pop out more is filling in the negative spaces. Just a hint of advice, I would choose a pallet that is different than what you used, but not something so different that the focus goes to the background instead of the subject. {ie: Bright pink, maybe not so much}

With that negative space filled in the highlights may be more defined and the piece would stand out a bit more.

I hope this was helpful and fair in any means possible
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why you chose a dead one!

My only suggestion is that you need to work on blending a little more as you can still see strong pencil marks. Unless that is what you are going for.
Apart from that I think it looks very 3D and I particularly like the work at the bottom of the stem.
Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And it I remember to not click the comment button before I'm done thinking-
The liney-ness is there on purpose, for texture, but my scanner is a piece of shit.
Will fix this soon.
commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All good.
Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I could put some BS about it being a comment about mortality, but I got tired of that crap a long time ago.
commander-salamander Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, well if you were you'd have to draw it in blood and stain it with tears or something.
That has given me an idea with watercolour pencils! :B
Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cast shadows area no-no, but I didn't notice any rules about blood. Hmmm...
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't commented much on your botanical illustrations, but I do love them. :D
Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I know, there's only so many things to say about dead flowers.
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Submitted on
November 16, 2012
Image Size
1.4 MB


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Camera Data

HP Scanjet 4800
Date Taken
Nov 15, 2012, 11:27:38 PM