I drew Phalaenopsis Orchid from life for my Drawing III class at New York Botanical Garden.
This drawing illuminates 3 views of a monocot flower (front, side, back) plus leaves and habit.
The objective was to develop my skills of observation, drawing, and composition and to render this flower as accurately as possible using a typical specimen.
Part of my artistic exploration involved removing one flower from the habit drawing aimed at decluttering the composition. I adjusted the angle of the leaves at the bottom, spreading them out to fill the space better but not in a way that is unnatural for this plant. All sketches were made on tracing paper with each layer becoming more refined. The final sketch was transferred to Bristol and shaded.