Friday, June 24, 2011

Colored Pencil Peony-Final

© Ellen Blonder
Shading in the petals was far more difficult in colored pencil than my usual watercolors. Getting darks required going over and over an area, pressing down hard on the pencils, while the lightest tints were a challenge to keep clean and bright. I don't think I'll be switching my preferred medium, but this exercise made me appreciate a good pencil drawing even more.


  1. This is just so beautiful and amazing!

  2. Hello, I was wondering if I could use your drawing as a tattoo ? Peonies are my favorite flowers and were my grandma's too. She just passed away and I would love to get it as a tribute to her. Can I, please ? Your drawing is so perfect, it's exactly what I had in mind.

    1. Hi, Stephanie,
      So sorry I didn't see this comment until now. Please email me privately if you're still interested, at