How To Draw Flowers

How To Draw Flowers, In All Their Beauty

If you like to learn how to draw flowers you probably know that flower drawing is a matter a bit challenging especially for a beginner.  However, with the drawing lessons in these pages you will discover that drawing of flowers can be enjoyable and simple!…

The variety of shapes, textures and colors make the drawing of flowers one of the most attractive subjects in art. It is based mostly in the close observation of the flower, its shape, color, tones and surroundings. You have to achieve the rendering of its solid form, like a real object while paying attention to the intricate features of its delicate petals and leaves. The drawing lesson on this page and on the following ones, will allow you to learn how to draw flowers in all their beauty with free art lessons on video.

From centuries the subject in art of drawing and painting flowers was always very popular. It is due to their magnificence and mystery.

People have been so much captivated by them up to the point of developing topics where flowers have been not only studied but also given meanings and symbols. For example the “language of flowers”, in the last centuries was a fashion that many had to express their feelings to loved ones by sending flowers of diverse shapes and colors at different occasions. Also in the late 60’s and 70’s the hippie subculture adopted the term “flower power” as a symbol of non-violence ideology against the war.

So, we see that flowers with their shapes, colors and smells fascinated us since the beginning of humankind.

We can start learning how to draw flowers by drawing simple pencil sketches. In this page we included the drawing of a rose explained step by step so you can copy and follow it easily.

Rose Drawing

1st Stage: Use pencil HB. Start by drawing a rectangle. Now divide it with a central axis which is two middle lines, one vertical and the other horizontal. Draw two ovals, one smaller around the center of the rectangle, and a second oval bigger and slightly tilted to the left side. Remember that for drawing a rose, is easier to start from the center of it, the place from where the petals open up.

Now, having this two lines as a guide, start drawing other petals. You can copy the example. Observe that the petals away from the center are getting bigger. 

2nd Stage: develop the center with more lines. Erase the original ovals and start drawing bigger petals. Extended triangles are added below the central axis, and these represent curved edges of larger petals


Something important: always draw your sketches lightly. Pay attention at your pencil pressure. Light lines are easier to erase and correct when you need it. See that I drew straight and angular lines for petals, no details are included yet. Also, the biggest petals touch the edges of the rectangle; this will help you knowing where to draw these lines.

3rd. Stage: It is time to erase the previous sketchy lines. We can start including details like the edges of petals that are a bit uneven (no more straight or angular lines).

Drawing tip: For any drawing at the beginning -and particularly when we start shading- looks strange or odd, do not get frustrated or disheartened. Just keep working and you will be surprised how your drawing takes shape and meaning when is nearly finished.

4th. Stage: Carefully erase the central axis, and correct the lines. Let’s start shading. Now use your pencil 2B .Observe that I started with lines in one direction from the edges of petals. Those lines in one direction and at an angle are called “hatching”. Keep drawing lightly, with the same pressure on the pencil; in this way, you produce lines in only one tone. In the center of the rose, you can see some crossed lines; this is called cross-hatching and it is used for darker tones.

Drawing tip: from time to time, squint your eyes while shading. This will help in seeing and keeping the correct tone on each area.


Last Stage of our drawing of a rose: We continue to adjust the tones progressively. Observe that lines are drawn in a way to represent the texture of petals. Also, see that some places have hardly any line, these are highlights, where light falls directly on the flower. Keep outlining the different areas looking for tonal diversity.  Light tones: they can be done by just a few lines or a light hatching, and they render lighter or well-lit areas.

Middle tones: can be done with many more lines side by side or through cross-hatching. They render darker areas, shadows or reflected light. Dark tones: are made by drawing many lines very close together or well nit cross-hatching; they represent cast shadows and darkness.

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of”.
Leonardo da Vinci 

Drawing tip: remember that no matter what tone you want to achieve, always keep the same pencil pressure. Dark tones are rendered by increasing the amount of lines and not by pressing your pencil harder on the paper.