How to Draw Botanical Plants

One Methods:Alternate Method

Plants are always fun to draw, but there’s more to them than just a couple of basic shapes. Here’s a full tutorial (two methods) for drawing a botanical plant in bloom.

Steps

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    Draw guidelines for the plant. Sketch in a 5-point star. Inside that draw a small circle, and another smaller one inside that. Refer to the image at the right to help you.
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    Sketch the petals. Each petal starts at the point where our star's triangular points connect with each other. If you are trying to draw a plant of specific family, then the size, shape, and number of petals will vary depending on the type of flower it has. And don't worry if you overlap the petals - that will add realism to the drawing.
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    Once the sketch of the flower is finished, put in the leaves under the flower. Draw in 3-6 pointy ovals of differing sizes that start at the center of the flower. Again, the way your leaves look will depend on your plant. Note: looking at a picture of the plant in question will help you with your accuracy.
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    Add a center line for each leaf. Draw additional lines inside the leaves, starting from the center of each leaf. Draw the leaf lines going away from the flower and not towards it.
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    Outline the image in permanent media. Erase the overlapping guidelines. Be careful not to erase any of your detailing, though (it’s easy to mistake leaf veins and the contours of petals for unnecessary lines).
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    Color the plant and you're done! Try to use as bright of a color as possible, since there won't be too much variety within one plant and you want your drawing to really pop!

Alternate Method

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    Draw a tree on the center space of your drawing paper. Draw the top of the tree by forming large triangle shape using squiggly lines instead of three straight lines. Add also bushes of grass below the trunk of the tree.
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    Draw three pots. Add small dots on each pot.
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    Add daisies. Make the stems of the flowers wavy as if they're dancing with each other. To draw the flowers, draw a large circle in the middle of the stem and then surround it with smaller ovals (petals).
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    On the left hand side of your drawing, draw three mounds of soil. This can be done simply by drawing three small triangles.
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    On each mound, draw a plant at a different stage of growth.
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    Draw a swirling wind around the tree. Illustrate the wind by creating thin and long crescent moons. Draw leaves on them to make it seem as though the winds are blowing.
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    Outline your drawing using ink or paint. Erase pencil lines to make everything look nice and tidy.
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    Color your drawing. You can copy the colors used on the accompanied illustration or use your imagination.

Tips

  • Practice drawing all different types of plants, and pay close attention to the features that set them apart. Visit a botanical garden to find inspiration for drawing beautiful plants.
  • Draw lightly in pencil so that you can easily rub out mistakes.
  • If you want to use markers/watercolors to color your drawing, use paper that is relatively thick and line over your pencil more darkly before doing so.

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Categories: Drawing Flowers and Plants | Botany