Drawing not Doodling

Having gone from enjoying colouring-in pre-printed drawings recently to colouring-in my own doodle design the other day, I decided to go one step further today and try to draw and colour a real flower from a real photograph taken by me. I did temporarily study art at school a long time ago, and although my work was never brilliant it was certainly passable.

However, I was 17 when I left school, and I’m now 53, so safe to say I expect my skills to be more than a little rusty nowadays. I’ve done a couple of basic pencil-sketch drawings since, but even that was several years ago. I do like a challenge though, and I’m a big girl now so surely I can cope with being even less brilliant than I used to be at school when I was drawing all the time.

So I chose my flower image from my archive, kept it in front of me on screen, and picked up my drawing pad…


I started tentatively with an outline – I remembered as soon as I started that drawing what you see in front of you instead of what you know isn’t easy – but in the end I did it without too much re-drawing…


Colouring-in can be a bit tricky too – it’s pink rose, but as well as pink I’m seeing red and orange and pale purple on screen…


OK, I think I’ve had enough for today – I can see I’ve not put in enough shading in the right places to make it look three dimensional enough – it’s a bit ‘flat’ – and my colours are a bit off, but you know what? I’m reasonably pleased with my first attempt at a ‘real’ drawing in years. My drawing skills might not shine yet but perhaps I can detect a little shimmer of potential for the future, if I keep going with it.

After all, everyone has to start somewhere… πŸ™‚


DailyPrompt: Shimmer



20 thoughts on “Drawing not Doodling

  1. Catherine August 6, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    What a great drawing! You are very talented. I’m about to start stitching a rose from a photo I have taken – I hope it turns out as well as yours did!

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    • Ruth August 7, 2017 / 9:36 am

      I’m sure it will be much better than mine! πŸ™‚

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  2. roseelaineblog August 7, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Wow 😳 that’s brilliant Ruth, I really love it 😍 it’s funny I was only thinking the other day it must be great to paint a flower that actually looks real, love it. 🌹

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    • Ruth August 7, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Having looked out my water-colour paints the other day, I realised I had no idea where my brushes were! But now I’ve solved that mystery my next step is to actually paint something rather than use coloured pencils… πŸ™‚

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  3. aliada2 August 9, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I think this turned out pretty neat! I am also returning to my old school hobby of painting (20yrs ago) and they look like something a 6yr old would do. “Draw what you see and not wjat you know” was something tjat has always stuck to me and I’ve failled to apply it to every still life ive drawn.

    You give me hope! Keep going…

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    • Ruth August 9, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Yeah it’s so much harder than you think… I always remember being given a scruched-up piece of A4 paper and being told to draw it exactly as I saw it in front of me – so difficult to get right! πŸ™‚


      • aliada2 August 9, 2017 / 1:02 pm

        For me it was the lighting and shadows… i could never draw what i saw… i had to put my overactivr imagination to use

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        • Ruth August 9, 2017 / 1:03 pm

          Keep practicing, we’ll get there in the end πŸ™‚

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  4. Tiff August 20, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    That’s stunning! I’ve always found drawing flowers difficult – I’ll definitely have to learn a thing or 2 from your future blog posts! πŸ™‚

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