How to Draw a Daisy
Step 1. Large Circle
Draw a large circle that is slightly long and tilted (only a little). This circle will define the outer edge of the daisy and will only be used as a guideline, draw this circle lighter than I did in the example, made it darker to help you guys see it clearly :D
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Step 2. Flower Base - Bottom Curve
Towards the middle of the circle we just drew, draw a curve that is only slightly bent. The curve should hang towards bottom left. There should be plenty of empty space between this curved line and the initial circle.
Step 3. Flower Base - Top Curve
Now add a curve over the top of the last one that is more rounded and steep, the drawing should look like an sunny sideup egg at this point.
Step 4. Adding the First Petal
Lets start adding some petals, now the trick with drawing petals is that the petals will grow outwards from the center point. So the lines on the side of each petal move away from the core of the flower. Think of sunrays coming out of a sun, the petals will have a similar effect. Our little sun buddy in the diagram below will keep us company to remind us of this important point
Start by adding two lines moving away from the petal (in blue) and then add a curve to connect them (in red). Pay attention to how the edge lines are fairly straight. The petal should come out to the guideline circle we first drew, all the petals will fall within this space and that is why we drew that circle.
Take your time and erase as much as you need to! setting a good foundation will make this sooo much more satisfying, I promise it will be worth the effort.
Step 5. Petal Number Two
Lets add another petal that is right beside the last one, follow the same steps.
Step 6. Petal Number Three
So for this petal we are going to leave some room, this will help us build dimension for the flower and give it a natural feel. The edge lines for this petal are moving up towards the top left, make sure to capture this movement outwards.
Step 7. Petal Four
Now we do the same thing for the petal that is on the backside and towards the center. Take note that the curve that connects the two straight lines is a lot more flat on this petal than the last ones.
Step 8. Petal Five
Add a petal towards the right and leave some room between the last one we drew. We will fill in these spaces later to layer the petals.
Step 9. Bottom Right Petal
This time lets draw a petal that is slightly wider than the last ones. Pay attention to how the edge lines (blue) are more curved.
Step 10. Bottom Petal
So we are following around the core and adding petals, its starting to look like a flower! For this petal the lines are almost going straight down. Make sure to give these lines slight curves so they dont feel too rigid.
Step 11. Under Petals
Lets add some curves between the petals we first drew, using the empty space we add these very curved lines. These lines represent the petals that sit underneath the ones we drew earlier. Getting this overlap will be key to capturing the beauty of a daisy.
Step 12. More Under Petals
Now we add another curve in the top left empty space.
Step 13. Under Petals
For this one lets try to give it a slightly more steep curve, it almost feels like a rounded triangle. Giving the petals slight variations gives the flower a lot of personality and makes it feel more organic.
Step 14. Final Under Petals
Lets finish up the under petals by adding the last few curves in the empty spaces
Step 15. Cleanup
Erase away some of the guidelines if they are visible. I didnt do a perfect job erasing it away but I will do it in the final step.
Step 16. Stem
Draw a stem by adding two vertical lines that touch end at the bottom petals. Notice how the stem is drawn slightly to the left of the flower because the daisy we are drawing is looking to the right. The stem connects at the base of the flower and almost works like a neck, so as a flower turns or tilts the stem will appear off center.
Step 17. Petal Details
Add small lines on the petals, close to the core of the flower. These lines will flow away from the center just like the edges of the petals.
Step 18. Shading the Core
Lets add little bits of shading to the core on its bottom side. Take note that I dont add any shading towards the top because there wouldnt be any shadow there (at least during daytime). Look at the diagram on the left and take note of how I put in lines that describe the roundness of the core, none of the lines are perfectly straight.
Step 19. Add a Leaf.
Draw a leaf that connects to the stem. I have drawn a leaf that has a slight dent in it to help sell the natural feel of the flower. You can design your leaf however you like! Just make sure not to cover up your beautiful daisy petals with the leaf.
Step 20. Complete the Drawing
Add shading in the corners of the petals where they meet at the core (look at the small blue lines on the diagram). Also add some lines to your petal and shading to the stem where it goes underneath the flower to give it more dimension.
The amount of shading you use is up to personal preference so feel free to experiment. I really enjoy this minimal style of shading because it works really well with inking :D
Celebrate your drawing!
Yaay finished the drawing! Thank you so much for letting me share my love for drawing flowers with you! I really hope this was fun for you and maybe (just maybe) this tutorial has helped you realize that you can totally learn how to draw. I learned drawing at a later age so I know that this is a learn-able skill that anyone can pick up at any time (with effort, of course).
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