I picked up this bullrush on a dog walk. I’d had my eye on them for a while and when the seasons were just about to turn I picked it. The ground it was in can be quite marshy when the rains come. I let it dry out in my studio for a few weeks until it was ready to draw from.
I loved the tall elegance of these plants and have tried to retain its height by doing a narrow drawing. It is 17 x 10″ on white Arches heavy watercolour smooth paper. I tried various ways to display it but settled on taping it to a board. Shining a light on it created interesting shadow shapes.
Here’s a little slideshow of the progress….
The fluffy poker like seed head was a challenge, I started out trying to drawing every little variation but this was not going to work so in the end with alot of squinting to spot the various tones I resorted to many layers of crosshatched graphite.
The finished piece can be seen on my website shop here… or clicking on the framed image below…