This illustration of a vase with an autumn bouquet was given to me on commission. It is my very own design. I did use reference photos to sketch the different flowers. I think it turned out to be a nice illustration, in which I can show my own illustration style.

autumn bouquet
autumn bouquet


The description of the assignment was very simple: a vase with coloured flowers. My own idea was to turn it into an autumn bouquet. I started with finding out which flowers are typical autumn flowers. I searched on internet for autumn flowers.

I made sketches of the following typical autumn flowers:

  • Amaryllis
  • Witch hazel
  • Aster
  • Penstemon (beard tongues)
  • Autumn crocus
  • Plume grass
  • Japanese anemone
  • Sedum
  • Dahlia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Pansy

I then selected six types of flowers to make a bouquet: amaryllis, witch hazel, penstemon, sedum, dahlia and chrysanthemum. I also used autumn colours in the illustration: yellow, red, burgundy and purple. I thought this illustration was best suited for water colours.

After researching the different flowers, I made a sketch of the arrangement of the vase with flowers.

I have sketched the same design of the vase in large format on watercolour paper. Then I started painting the flowers one by one with watercolours. I added decorative grass and leaves for more filling in the vase.

working on autumn bouquet
working on autumn bouquet

Finally, I added the vase and the table to complete the illustration.

Details illustration

The illustration was made on Hahnemühle 300 grams cold-pressed watercolour paper in A4 size. The size of the illustration with frame is 35 x 45 cm. I chose a dark brown frame because it matches the interior of the client and also the table in the illustration. Because many different colours were used, I added a light colour passe-partout.

autumn bouquet framed
autumn bouquet framed

Are you interested in an illustration of your own bouquet of flowers? The price of a bouquet on A4 size is € 75,- without frame and passe-partout. The price of a framed illustration is € 95,-. It is also possible to order high quality prints on request for € 20,- a piece. Please contact me via the contact form for more information.

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