How to Draw a Flower Step by Step

Beautiful Flower Drawing

how to draw a flower

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw a flower that look beautiful and romantic? Well... hopefully this step by step flower drawing lesson will help you learn how to do it and create realistic flowers that can WOW your loved ones in a memorable and delicate way!

As this tutorial is not aimed at total beginners (if you are - just check my other easier drawings) I will go through line drawing very quickly, the main focus here is on how to color your pretty flower so that they turn out looking lively and harmonious.

In this example I chose a soft dahlia flower, because this one can have a very delicate feel to it, yet it is much easier to draw than roses.

Step 1. Quickly sketch a rough oval to outline main flower petals, then draw a smaller shape in the center for stigma and anther. Now start working down the flower stem and create very light sketches of leaves. Learning how to draw a flower can at times be a matter of trial and error, so keep your first few drawing lines faint, especially if you use graphite pencil, to avoid any unnecessary erasing or cleaning up at the end.

Step 2.  Begin to get into details of flower petals. As you see, they look pretty much like the shapes of your leaves, but smooth and soft without rough edges. I find it easy to work from the center and keep adding petals until I fill up the outline shape we drew in step 1.

Step 3. Decide on your choice of colors and quickly fill petals, flower center, stem and leaves. To get soft romantic flowers, I suggest you use light pink in combination with yellow - orange for the main flower, and dark green for stem and leaves.

Step 4. Now we will get directly into shading this flower with colors. Commence by first picking up the darkest areas first so you can easily see the big picture at a glance, then work your way from the center to outer edges of flower petals. This is how to draw a flower the proper and methodical way.

Step 5. Now do the same thing to green leaves and the flower stem. Note how I also established some leaf's ribs texture with darker tones. To easily make your flower drawing look realistic, all you have to do is observe how dark and light areas are distributed in different parts of the flower. In this scenario, leaves tend to be darker at the base where it is close to petiole.

Step 6. Go back to drawing flower petals. At this stage our beautiful flower has already had decent shape and colors, but it needs further definition. To do so, use your pink pencil (or what ever color you chose) to sketch petal texture, and remember to contour (follow the petal's shape) to better depict its three dimensional quality.

Step 7. Grab another slightly different color pencil - let's say slightly more reddish tone and keep on sketching the texture of each petal. You can also work a little bit on the center area of flower as well.

Step 8. Grab yet another color - this time more purple in it and keep shading the tip of each petal.

Step 9. Our realistic flower drawing is almost done. I'm sure you worked hard on this, so you should be very proud of your self. Can you see the difference I made to this flower picture? Well, I use soft brush with mixture of different colors, : light yellow, light pink, light purple and even some blue hues. Using only one of each color at a time, I brushed it over the flower petals to increase it's brightness and intensity.

Step 10. Do the same for stem - leaves and your drawing of a beautiful flower is done! To give it even softer feel and create some interest in your drawing, consider covering the background with light turquoise touch as I did in my final drawing of flower above.

If you find your self needing a reference photo, visit Flower-Pictures-Online for the colorful collection of flower pictures. There you can get inspiration, photography tips and even free wallpaper.

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