Brilliant colour in wood lilies

Native wood lilies (Lilium philadelphicum) are brilliant orange or vermillion. (Or yellow, on Manitoulin Island.) The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and they cannot afford to by shy. Portraying that brilliant colour was my first concern in drawing these lilies. I used the same sketch in June in an attempt to use Yupo as a substrate and I gave up the attempt – Yupo is a brilliant white but I could not find a way to get it to accept a saturated colur built up from several layers. This week I returned to my lilies, this time using traditional coloured pencils (mostly Prismacolor) on watercolour paper. Continue reading Brilliant colour in wood lilies