Young Woman with Roses – Completed Artwork

Young Woman with Roses. Blacklead graphite on white bristol.
Young Woman with Roses, 2015. Blacklead graphite on white bristol.

I completed this drawing yesterday evening, choosing to go a different direction than I had originally planned.  When I began the drawing, I had planned to complete the roses using color, while leaving the rest of the drawing black and white.  However, once I reached that point, I had a hard time trying to decide what medium to do the flowers in and so ultimately, I chose to finish them with pencil.  Making the flowers one of the darkest parts of the image provided a nice contrast with the young woman, and ultimately I am happy with how it came out.

This was the first piece I completed using a new pad of bristol paper I purchased at an art shop here in Brussels.  Unfortunately, it was significantly different from the paper I normally use, and as such there were several areas that did not take to shading in a way I would have liked.  This ended up being a bit more work to try and get the picture where I wanted it to be, and in the end I had to settle on some shading choices that I otherwise would not have achieved.  I will probably not use this particular bristol paper again for this type of drawing, and instead go back to using the fine grain – heavyweight paper I used in some of my previous drawings.

Here is a list of the materials I ended up using in completing this picture:

Faber-Castell 9000 series pencils: 2H, F, B, 2B, 3B, and 4B

Mechanical pencil – HB

Bristol Illustracion Paper

Kneaded eraser, Staedtler pencil mars erasor, and Staedtler mars plastic bar eraser

I’d love to hear what you think about this piece.  Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Keep Drawing!


9 thoughts on “Young Woman with Roses – Completed Artwork

  1. Nice composition, Braelik. My eye is drawn from the foot, calf and thigh, to the rose stems, up the torso to the beautifully shaded jaw line, to the hairline, to the gaze, the roses, hands and forearm, up to the shoulder to the nicely drawn neck, across the hairline and back down to the gaze again… – Tom

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  2. Excellent choices in design all the way through. I particularly love the attention you put to the models eyes and to the flowers. I enjoy that her eyes are dark like the flowers it sort of ties the model to the flowers. The composition is lovely and the detail you’ve included with the wisps of hair and the shading that shows where the light is coming from makes the model feel like she glows. Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.

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