Imagine a flower that looks like it’s giving itself a cozy hug, with its petals curving in towards the center. That’s the incurved chrysanthemum – a fluffy ball of color and beauty.
Drawing this flower is like telling a story with your pencil. To nail it, observe how the petals are tightly packed and curved. Plus, pay attention to the layered arrangement of these petals, which contributes to the flower’s fullness and depth.
In this tutorial on how to draw a chrysanthemum, we’ll show you simple and detailed steps to recreate this flower’s visually striking and captivating appearance. Its thin petals might initially intimidate you, but once you’ve got our guide, you’ll soon master this drawing and be proud of it.
Now, study the flower carefully and prepare your supplies for the fantastic chrysanthemum tutorial below!
Draw A Chrysanthemum Flower – Step by Step Tutorial
Draw A Chrysanthemum Flower
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Step 1: For this complicated bloom, it’s much easier for you to have its basic sketch first. Start by choosing its center point on the top half of your canvas. Then, draw light, curved lines radiating out from this center. Vary their lengths for a vibrant look as well as to indicate different layers of the chrysanthemum.
Step 2: Please notice that these curved lines will also represent the direction of the petals. Look at our reference picture (or an actual image) of this bloom, and you’ll realize that the petals will curve in two main directions: one is upward and inwards, the other is downward and inwards.
The number of petals pointing upward appears to be dominant. So, let’s take this as the second notice and complete your sketch.
Step 3: Now, complete the first layer of petals. They’re small inner petals around the center circle. Use slight curved lines to form their shapes and make sure they point inwards.
These petals should overlap slightly, creating a cozy feel. Don’t worry about making them perfect – a slight asymmetry adds charm.
Step 4: Draw the next layer of petals. It should have slightly larger petals compared to the previous layer. You can create these petals with gentle curves or partial “U” shapes.
Step 5: Continue adding more layers of petals around the center. Think of them as ripples in a pond radiating from the center.
Step 6: Pay attention to the bottom petals of the flower. The petals here are more spread out. They should still curve slightly inward but less tightly than the petals closer to the center.
Well, you might sigh with relief since you’ve passed the most challenging part of this chrysanthemum drawing – the flower head. Now, moving on to the rest, which is much simpler to complete your masterpiece.
Step 7: In this step, you’ll deal with a basic sketch of the stem and foliage. Begin by extending long, slightly curved lines down from the base of your chrysanthemum head. This line will be the stem.
Then, draw slightly curved lines from both sides of the stem to represent the main veins of the leaves.
Step 8: Chrysanthemum leaves are often lobed or serrated, so draw wavy, slightly jagged lines extending out from each base of the main vein.
Remember that leaves in different sizes can be pictured in various view angles, so feel free to vary the shapes and lengths.
Step 9: Have you finished your pencil sketch? Well done! Here comes the reward of colors to soothe your eyes and showcase the chrysanthemums’s vibrant beauty.
Chrysanthemums come in a wide range of colors. Thus, you can get creative with your choices. Consider using shades of pinks, yellows, oranges, and whites for a traditional look, or explore bi-colors for a unique twist.
Once you’ve decided, apply a flat base of this color to the flower head. Try to keep the color consistent on each petal for now.
Step 10: Next, add a slightly darker shade of the same color to the areas where the petals overlap or near the center base. Blend the colors gently using your coloring tool or by layering strokes.
Then, add highlights using a lighter color to make certain parts pop (usually at the top of the petals). This will create depth and make the flower look more realistic.
Step 11: Start with a flat layer of a mid-tone green for the stem and foliage.
Step 12: Then, use a lighter stroke to highlight the edges and add some additional details to the leaves (the extra veins, for example).
Take a step back and review your coloring. Does it get the vibe that you desire? Feel free to make any necessary adjustments or additions. You can add more details, adjust shading, or enhance highlights to make your chrysanthemum more realistic.
Tada! A beautiful chrysanthemum is right in front of you.
Congratulations on your successful journey of drawing a chrysanthemum. You’ve put lots of time and effort into sketching every intricate detail, and now is the time to let your artistic spirit be honored by sharing this flower with everyone.
This tutorial on how to draw a chrysanthemum can be a starting point for your artistic growth and experimentation. Consider taking your artwork further by playing with different color schemes (such as a combination of orange and yellow or lavender and white) or drawing the chrysanthemum from different angles or perspectives to add dynamism.
How about incorporating other flowers or botanical elements to create a rich floral composition? Try familiar blooms you’ve drawn before, or choose a brand new one (visit other tutorials on our website to get inspiration).
You can also enhance the visual impact by adding a background. It could be a simple color wash (like we’ve had below) or a garden landscape that complements the chrysanthemum’s beauty.
The ideas are endless. Keep creating, experimenting, and embracing the beauty of the natural world right in your sketchbook.