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How to Draw a Calla Lily

how to draw a calla lily

The Calla Lily, also known as Zantedeschia, has long captivated artists with its striking trumpet-shaped blossom and slender, curving spathe.

How do you draw a calla lily, then? Today, we’ll capture this striking and elegant appearance on paper using simple strokes and blending tones. But first, it’s essential that you observe this symbol of purity through photos or our reference pictures before sketching.

Noting its parts (including spadix, spathe, stem, and leaves) is the key to the most natural-looking artwork. Besides, while calla lilies can also be found in shades of yellow, pink, and even purple, we’ll showcase its most common hue – white.

So prepare the best and get ready to unlock the beauty of Calla Lily with our step-by-step tutorial below!

How to Draw a Calla Lily Flower – Step by Step Tutorial

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Step 1: For a suitable proportion, start with the flower head at the top part of your canvas.

Draw the first curved line for the top of the spathe. It’s smooth on the left side, pointy on the tip, and erratic on the right (as shown in the picture).

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Step 2: Extend the line slightly downward. Then, draw an extra curved line inside the first shape (along its right edge) to represent the fold.

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Step 3: Draw the spadix using a thin inverted U-shape, pointing upwards.

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Step 4: Sketch a bigger U shape to create the lower part of the spathe. You’ve already done the first sketch.

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Step 5: Now, moving to the next one, with a different position. Here, we sketch a heart shape for the second calla lily.

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Step 6: From the top end of the line, draw a slightly curved line that loops back on itself, forming the opening of the spathe.

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Step 7: Draw a long, thin shape representing the spadix inside this opening. It should lean slightly to the left to create a natural look.

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Step 8: Add a thin U-shape at the bottom to finish the look of this calla lily.

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Step 9: Let’s sketch another critical part of this flower – its leaf. We’ll begin with the one that emerges directly from the ground.

Draw a long, slightly curved line moving upwards to outline the position when the leaf folds. From the top end of the line, draw a curved shape on one side to form the outline of the leaf.

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Step 10: Extend the fold line upwards, then draw the following line mirroring the curve of the first side to form the other side of the leaf.

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Step 11: For the second leaf, start with a long line for its central vein. On its two sides, draw curved lines to form a complete outline.

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Step 12: Let’s connect all the parts with long, slender stems extending from the bottom of the second leaf and two flower heads to the end of the first leaf.

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Step 13: It’s time to add details to make the drawing more vibrant.

Since calla lilies often have subtle veining on the surface of the spathe, add these veins by drawing thin, irregular lines that branch out from its center and extend towards the edges.

You can enhance the leaves’ realism by sketching thin, branching lines extending from the central vein.

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Well, you’ve just managed a pencil sketch for the calla lily drawing. Let’s move to the final part, which is all about coloring and shading.

Step 14: Begin coloring the spathe, using a light and subtle color base.

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Step 15: Add shading and highlights to the spathe to create depth and dimension. Particularly, darken the inner areas or those tucked beneath the folds of the spathe and leave the areas where the light hits or reflects lighter.

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Step 16: Next, color the spadix yellow.

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Step 17: Choose a green hue for the stems and foliage. As usual, apply a flat base first. For the visible bottom side of the leaf, choose a darker tone to create a realistic effect.

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Step 18: Finally, use light strokes to add highlights to the leaves and make any assessment if needed.

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Conclusion

We have completed the calla lily drawing, capturing its elegance and purity. But this is just the beginning. How do you take the picture to new heights?

One perfect way is to add a background. You might choose simple options like a contrasting color wash(as in our image below) or challenge yourself with more complicated ones such as a garden setting or intricate patterns.

Additionally, feel free to play with colors. Whether you opt for a monochromatic approach or embrace the vividness of color, each stroke of your pencil or brush will add charm to your masterpiece.

Last but not least, it’s all about sharing. Whether it’s the calla lily drawing we’ve just finished or your modified version incorporating new backgrounds and details, share it with everyone. We hope to see your artwork, too!

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