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How to Draw a Sunflower | Step by Step Flower Drawing Tutorial | Realistic Floral Doodles

Updated: Mar 29

Hello! Creative enthusiasts. Welcome to ArtsyBeats, where creativity flourishes! In this blog post, we're diving deep into the artistic process of sketching and inking a sunflower. I have broken down the intricate steps into easy-to-follow beginner friendly steps.


Whether you're a seasoned artist or just beginning your journey, join me as I explore the steps to bring this iconic flower to life on paper. Let's delve into the world of realistic sunflower drawing!



Before we dive in, let's ensure we have our tools ready. You'll need a quality sketchpad, a pencil, some pens of different thickness (I have used Sakura micron pens in this tutorial) and an eraser (I have used a kneaded eraser for erasing the pencil guidelines mess free).


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So, grab your supplies, and dive in!





Step 1: Basic Sunflower Sketch


Begin with a light sketch of the sunflower's basic structure. Add three concentric circles to form a circular face of our flower. This is where we will add the seeds and petals.


1.a Basic circular outline
1.a Basic circular outline

Next add a sturdy stem from the base of the circle. And add two more lines for the leaves.


1.b: Outline for Stem and leaves
1.b: Outline for Stem and leaves

Step 2: Define the Sunflower Center


Now let's focus on the center of the sunflower, detailing the seed-filled disk. First, fill the smallest circle with stippling technique. Then fill the middle circle with small, circular strokes to mimic the texture of the seeds. This step adds some depth and realism to our sunflower sketch.


2.a Sunflower centre
2.a Sunflower centre

2.b Sunflower centre
2.b Sunflower centre


Step 3: Detailing Petal Placement


Next, draw the petals of the sunflower, keeping in mind their distinctive arrangement and curves. Adding more petals layer by layer as we go. Remember, each petal is unique, so feel free to experiment with different shapes and sizes.

Use gentle strokes to create a natural flow.


3.a Add petals
3.a Add petals

3.b Add petals
3.b Add petals


3.c Add petals
3.c Add petals

3.d Add petals
3.d Add petals

Step 4: Extend the Stem and Leaves


Extend a sturdy stem from the base of the flower and add broad, jagged leaves along its length. Sunflower leaves have a unique texture, and capturing these details enhances the overall composition.



4.a Add Stem
4.a Add Stem


4.b Add leaves
4.b Add leaves

Step 5: Add depth and dimension


Once you're satisfied with the sketch, it's time to add more depth and realism to our sketch.

Incorporate hatching as a shading technique using soft and gentle pen strokes. Remember to follow along the shape of petals and leaves while shading. This technique enhances the contrast in your sunflower illustration, creating a visually striking effect. Check out the full video to learn the shading part in more details. (You can find the Full YouTube Video Tutorial linked above)



5.a Add depth to leaves
5.a Add depth to leaves

 


5.b Add depth to petals
5.b Add depth to petals

 

Conclusion:


Congratulations, you've now sketched and inked a beautiful sunflower! I hope this step-by-step guide has inspired your artistic journey.


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