Whether you tend to a garden or buy fresh-cut bouquets, flowers are enjoyed by nearly everyone. Their bright beauty makes for an ideal drawing subject, despite how complicated they may seem.
LEARN SIMPLE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRAWING FLOWERS!
Select some of your favorite drawing tools — pencils, an eraser and paper — before you begin the project. In addition to your supplies, you’ll also need to pick out three or four flowers to sketch. I found a nice large bouquet and took several blooms from it. To get the most out of this exercise, pick different types of flowers so that you can practice drawing a variety of petals.
Some flowers are easier to draw than others. Often, they can seem complicated: petals overlap one another (appearing foreshortened), and they can have lots of small details and folds. This, however, is the fun in the challenge. And as long as we take things step by step, drawing the flowers won’t seem so daunting. The meticulousness of it will make your drawing great.
START WITH SIMPLE CIRCLES.
Flowers are never square or rectangular. They don’t have hard edges. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to sketch out some basic circular and oblong shapes, mimicking the overall form of the flower.
REFINE CIRCLES AND ADD PETALS.
Once you’ve drawn the general shapes for your flowers, begin to delve into the details. This includes drawing every petal you see. I know this can sound tedious, but it’s an important step in getting your artwork to look realistic.
FOCUS ON THE FINE DETAILS.
By now, you’ve got a visual grasp on where everything is on your page. Start to refine each petal as necessary. Some elements will appear billowing and open, while other petals might look closed, wrinkled or partially folded. Draw whatever you see.
shading Now we’re on the home stretch! Once you’ve got your petals all drawn, start to shade every individual petal. Some will be very dark while others will be much lighter. If you're new to shading, start with the video lessons in Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques to learn the fundamentals.
Complete your shaded drawing by erasing any little lines or smudges that occurred during the drawing process.