“I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle: the branching of a tree, the structure of a dandelion’s seed puff. ‘A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels,’ says Walt Whitman. I discover that among the Ten Thousand Things there is no ordinary thing. All that is, is worthy of being seen, of being drawn.” - Frederick Franck
Not a gilded lily on our bathroom wall but a gilded fish. I've been thinking about drawing it for a while now and finally got at it. Wanted to draw with a freer hand, though. Big lines, no erasing. Here's how it turned out.
Pure contour didn't leave room on the sheet of paper for the fish's head, while final drawing (you can see first, abandoned sketch underneath the final) left out the tail. I'll probably return to this subject in the future.