I think drawing flower is really simple and when you do, it is effective on people ^^,
So prepare your papers and pencils! We are starting.
Let’s see the part of a flower first:
I didn’t want to say “let’s draw the stuff inside the flower“, better say stamen and pistil.
What matters in this topic is petals actually; take a look:
They seem like they have flat colors or a slight texture on the surface; some have stains on them; partly bending. The position of petals is important when you draw a flower, the direction they bend and some causes other to bend more.
I have a Papaver rhoeas, or corn rose drawing to study with you.
The first frame is the general contruction; where to locate the thing(s) on the paper, deciding the size and the relation with others. Here I decided one big and clear flower, two other blur flowers on the background.
On the main flower there are petals in the middle they remain like a glass and the spetals behind them fall open more.
In the second frame there is a blue circle where I want to indicate stamen and pistil drawing.
Light falls from right side and that causes some lighter areas. In the third frame you can see that with white derwent pencil I added some short lines which all have direcction to the centre of the flower, or let’s say they head to the pistil/ovule.
In the forth one I started coloring the shadows and in here I should say that the corn rose is red and shadows should be a darker tone of red; and I don’t have plenty of tones of red pencils. And the other fact is that if you want to have a more organic or realistic look don’t color petals (light or shadow whereever) flat; add some slightly curvy lines heading to the ovule; add some slight stains -maybe-; tones, add some tones because light doesn’t fall everywhere the same -petal is not a flat surface.
So in here I mixed dark red (I had only 2 tones), dark purple and brown.
Also in the last step I added the stem, see the guideline to show the way it connects to the ovule.
In the first frame I pointed the shadows I mentioned.
On the second and the thirdd steps I colored the left parts where they get light in different scales.
The forth frame is a start to background. Some people do the background in the beginnig of the drawing first, but me I guess never; I see it as a complement which comes the last.
So see I used a light green coloring pencil and left marks leaf or stem-like.
For a vivid look I drew all over again using pencils harder this time. Also I used piece of paper to avoid smudging as you see above.
Also white gel pen to have stronger whites
Adding a darker green, slight black parts (with 6B black charcoal pencil) nd whites (white derwent pencil) to the backgroung; and here we have it is ready.
Background is quite blur, isn’t it?
Here I have something else; I couldn’t decide which flower to pick to draw, so I said to myself “Just mix them up!”:
They are shy flower (mimosa pudica); bigleaf hydrangea or french hydrangea even though it is native to Japan; rose, bougainvillea; four o’clock flower (mirabilis jalapa) opens late afternoon and narcissus. Except rose I am somehow connected with the others with memories, a road to my childhood actually.
A memory; we had narcissus at home every winter which my father bought always. Once I was going home in a windy and rainy evening and suddently stopped right after passing the flower seller in order to buy narcissus. When I was home my father seemed happy because had forgetten to buy them and told that we have them home every new year’s eve which I didn’t realise until that day.
A time comes in your life that every single tiny memory becomes precious for you.