Daisy

This time something more spring-like and simple. It was a practice I did, based on the photograph I like very much :) Even such simple drawings can be fun, especially when you can learn something while painting them. Everything just because I couldn't paint decent... flowers. I even had to ditch what I was drawing just to learn more about flowers, it was that hard for me. You can see original photo for this one here: gallery of Andokadesbois. Thank you so much!

As always all comments and critiques are more that welcome :)

This time I do not start with a sketch, I move to color right away and just put some greens and yellows on the canvas. This background is painted on the separate layer, just to avoid trouble later on. Then I try to paint this small bottle, find its shape. I use big, soft brush all the time, I don't really care for edges at this point, I just want colors and base form of what I am painting to be visible and correct. On the last picture from the ones below you can see me trying to add shadows and lights on the rim of the bottle. The more colors reflect in the glass - the better ;)

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I am still fighting with the glass here, but I also add some grass strands. I paint it on the same layer but that was not a wise thing to do... But what can you do? Art rage, you can't help it sometimes D: Grass in the background is painted with the same brush but with very low opacity. I'd rather have them blurry. I also add some brighter spots, just to make things a bit more interesting. If some edges are too sharp - I treat them with smudge tool. When I get finally bored with that grass I go back to my glass bottle and add some highlights with a hard brush. Well it's not perfect but it's the flower what I'm interested in so let's move on!

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I add last lights on the bottle's edges and some colorful shadows - they are spots in which bottle does not reflect light but background shows through. After that I start drawing my daisy. I make new layer and paint (with high opacity) some petals, or something that should look like petals. Then I slowly and carefully refine every single one. It doesn't really take much time but makes a huge difference. First I add edge around every petal, I use dark color for that. It's supposed to imitate shadow and I use some shade of blue. Then I add some white lines, sometimes even white edge to help separate petals.

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When I'm satisfied with petals I add new layer under the flower and with soft brush I add some shadow. I need flower to pop out more, it can't be so glued to the bottle. At last I add two new layers above my petals, to make lights a bit less flat. First layer has a "multiply" blending mode, second "soft lights". This will make petals look more realistic and interesting (which is way more important).

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One last thing is the yellow center. I add it on the same layer that I painted petals. It's just a messy, yellow spot at first, I paint it with a soft brush. Then I change my brush to hard one and add some simple detail. This basically means adding some light spots to the dark center and also refining edges between petals and the yellow thingie. It's good to change color too, so that it won't look so flat and artificial. Last thing is adding some more contrast. I select whole picture, copy merged layers, paste it on top of everything and change blending mode of this new layer to "overlay". I lower the opacity and here you go, simple trick and makes it look way better!

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And that's all, picture is ready :)