Oh the Gardenia. This beautiful flower most often symbolises a secret or untold love. It can also signify “you’re lovely”, making it a popular gift to lovers and friends alike.
Hoo boy this one was painful. I got frustrated a few hours into painting, then ended up reconstructing every petal, one by one, until it sat well. I felt good about pushing shadows and light to create more depth, which I don’t normally do.
I recorded the entire process, only to find OBS cropped the recording so that only the top right quadrant was framed (facepalm). The video has been uploaded anyway, in case anyone is curious to see how it all went down!
Reference is here.