I recently purchased Helen Williams new Ebook she shows you step by step how to draw flowers to look more realistic, how to draw paper tears, folds and rolls, and my favourite how to draw ribbon. The last chapter shows you how to draw string, an area Helen specialises in and wow, her work is amazing!! her blog is definitely worth a good browse (caution you will lose a good few hours absorbed in her work).
Flips, are a way of drawing petals to look much more 3D, there are some great tips in the e-book on how to make sure your flower looks realistic. Here are my first attempts
Folds, this is a great chapter on how to make your background look like paper and also making it part of your feature. You will see my attempt further down in the post.
Ribbon, this really does take lots of practice and I have a long way to go but the effects are just wonderful. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, its your line work that takes the practice making them straight, neat and even. I practiced lots on scrap paper before I produced these pieces.
Next was to have a go at string, if you want to improve your line work practicing string is the way to do it.Again the instructions were so easy to follow.
After practicing all these separately it was time to try to combine them.
It has been loads of fun learning these techniques and I know I still have lots of practicing ahead. The e-book is a must buy for any one wanting to improve their line work. Once mastered I know these techniques are going to add some flare to my zentangle art work. Thank You Helen Williams for such an amazing e-book, I can’t wait for your next one.