❁ Lady Lotus ❁

in painting •  last year  (edited)
Lotus is a fun flower, because it’s an aquatic plant type, and everything looks better if combined with water, in my opinion anyway. This flower is native to Asia and it’s commonly cultivated for eating and medicinal purpose. I haven’t had the opportunity to eat any flower yet, I wonder if anyone have? Though they look very pretty, but the taste must be awful, right? I mean, there must be a reason why they can be used as medicine, because all medicine taste awful.

Another cool fact that Wikipedia tells me is that an individual lotus can live on for more than a thousand years! And they have a rare ability to be revived into activity after prolonged period of stasis. What an awesome ability.

Lotus is also the official national floral symbols for India and Vietnam :).


Drawing process, step by step

Sketch

I’m not sure if I have written this previously, but I have a LOT of fun drawing this series because I get to practice drawing people from different ethnicities. It’s amazing that various cultures bring their own unique kind of beauty and splendour.


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Character in Colour

I have to be careful with her skin, because I still find it hard to control how colours behave in watercolour. I don’t want her to have uneven skin tone ^^.


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Background Sketch

Usually I would sketch the background first, but I guess I was very focused on finishing the character. So here I drew the flowers and their leaves. I find the leaves to be an equally important symbolism to my definition of lotus, unlike other flowers.


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Lotus in Colour

Hehehe I didn’t struggle much here because I only need to colour the flowers sparingly.


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Finished Art - Lady Lotus

Alas my happiness was short lived, since the leaves were challenging to colour. I want to capture their wrinkles and their shapes and how they shimmer under sun and water. Anyway, it is finished, here is Lady Lotus ˚\(*❛‿❛)/˚.

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big version

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Close up Details

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Animation step by step

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My flower watercolour series

I love how watercolour art looks like but I don’t have any real media materials with me. I will buy the stock one day, but for now, I am happy to experiment creating them digitally with watercolour brushes in Corel Painter. Since I am learning the tools, I will be making a series of watercolour art, I hope you will enjoy watching my experiments ^_^.

- Lady Bluebell -
- Lady Sunflower -
- Lady Peony -
- Lady Orchid -
- Lady Belladonna -
- Lady Lotus -
- Lady Rafflesia -
- Lady Tulip -
- Lady Palash -


My Steemit Journey

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Wow, you continue to surprise me, @scrawly! Awesome work that is! ^.^
I love the lotus flower and what fascinates me more is the fact that you can express the features of the face, the clothing, the entire essence of this incredible culture in you piece! Great job, @scrawly, great job! ;)

Fun fact - the lotus was very popular in Ancient Egypt too. It was used for almost all of their architecture, because the meaning of the flower was associated with rebirth and the Sun. ;)

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You also continue to amaze me, katalina!
Your knowledge about flower is really impressive, I wouldn't need Wikipedia if I have you to consult.

And thank you for your kind praises <3. I am still inadequate at drawing so whenever people praise me, it feels like receiving a great and unexpectedly nice present hehehe.

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Aw, thank you, @scrawly! blush ^.^ I like researching, but don't use Wikipedia very often. :D

Um, you don't look inadequate at drawing, not at all. XD We are all learning with every project and task. ;)

I'm very fond of the Lotus flower and especially Ancient Egypt. In my previous job my fellow colleagues and I were developing games inspired by different ancient cultures. I did a lot of research on Egyptian architecture, gods, jewelry, patterns... one of my favorite tasks was drawing the columns. ^.^

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I am also very fond of Ancient Egypt!!! Wohoo, we're really quite synced lol.

I used to play these old city simulators and the developer made several games in similar veins, all of them are themed with old civilization. Thus by playing them, I was introduced and fell in love with Rome, Egypt, China, etc etc.

Hmmm, you said you were developing games, it couldn't be that I was playing the games you made???!

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No, unfortunately it wasn't me. :( :( :( It's my dream to make computer games with such themes.
I was in a company developing slot games. They have similar script, characters and animations, but are used only in casinos. ^^''

I'm so happy you like those games. I still play some of them, they are very relaxing. ^.^ One of my favorites is Riddles of Egypt, don't know if you heard of it.

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I just looked it up. It's a puzzle game? Those are fun to play <3.
I like them even better if they have a storyline along with the puzzles, I love playing adventure games ^_^.

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Thanks, @scrawly! ^.^
Yeah, for an illustrator who's making games for adults (that's what we call them, because no one under the age of 18/21 is permitted to play slot games), to enjoy these kids games sounds a bit contradictory. xD

Another interesting fact about the lotus @scrawly is the Hindu perspective on it.
The most stunning lotus grow in the stinkiest, dark, oozing mud, but from that a single stem rises upwards towards the sun, where it's green buds, ever so slightly turns the colour of the emerging flower - white, pink or whatever.
Then it bursts into a blaze of glorious colour, brightening up or world.
The Hindus see this plant as a metaphor for humanity, that we too can rise up out of the muck, violence, disharmony, hate, etc and blossom into beautiful, heart-centred human beings, honouring and respecting each other and living in peace.
Now what a gift that would be from the sacred Lotus!
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From our garden to your heart

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What a philosophically beautiful comment!
I am very happy that you shared this knowledge with me, thank you :).

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My pleasure @scawly and keep up your great digital art.

Once again, that eye. You're very good at capturing the details of eyes.

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Hehe, this is only true because I would abandon a picture if the eyes don't look right :).
Thank you, master of macaroon.

And they have a rare ability to be revived into activity after prolonged period of stasis. What an awesome ability.

Maybe us human types have a similar ability, if we choose to use it ;)

You've given life to another sophisticated lady among the petals. This series has been so tranquil and feminine.

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If we can also be revived back, that would certainly be something awesome. Or are you saying that you can do it already? :O

And thank you for your kind words, I think you would be interested with the one I'm going to upload today ;D.

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Maybe not as drastic as back from beyond, although the human being is an incredible machine, and truth is often stranger than fiction. I've been revived from a life of apathy and discontent!

Thank you for thinking of me, I will definitely check out your latest beauty, Scrawly. Take care ☺

Beautiful painting. Love the colors and especially the eyes look very lifelike.

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Thank you, maysi :).

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Thank you ghulammujtaba and slothicorn. You guys are awesome <3.

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