With its captivating trumpet-shaped bloom, the hibiscus flower stands out as a true gem among the floral kingdoms. Its allure lies not only in its striking petals but also in the elegant stamen at the center, which adds an enchanting touch to its overall charm.
When attempting to draw this exquisite flower, it’s essential that you pay attention to certain key elements. For example, the unique flower shape with its slightly ruffled or curved petal edges, the arrangement of the petals around the central column, or the slender pistil will decide whether your drawing truly captures the hibiscus’s identity.
In this tutorial on how to draw a hibiscus, we’ll help you nail all of these details with simple strokes. We’ll also show you a perfect way to complement its beauty with contrasting hues and basic shading techniques.
Every guidance is apparent in each detailed step below. Prepare your materials, and let’s get started!
How to Draw a Hibiscus Flower – Step by Step Tutorial
Draw a Hibiscus Flower
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Look at our overall sketch above and some important tips for this drawing. To challenge yourself a bit, we will draw not only one but also three hibiscus flowers from varied viewpoints.
Basically, the technique we use to sketch its parts is quite the same. What differs one from another is the direction (indicated by ovals and circles), size, and shape of the flower details.
Follow our guide carefully, and you’ll soon find a way to make it fast and simple.
Step 1: Now, start with two slightly elongated ovals and one circle evenly spaced apart from each other. These ovals will serve as the basic outline for each hibiscus flower head.
Step 2: Begin with the giant oval on the top. Draw the first petal using a slightly erratic line to mimic the ruffled texture of the hibiscus petals. This petal will be placed on the left side of the oval.
Step 3: Next, draw the pistil by creating a long, thin, vertical line at the center of the flower, overlapping slightly with the previous petal. Try to draw it larger at the bottom, then tapering towards the top.
Note that we’ll use this pistil as the center of each bloom.
Step 4: At the tip of the pistil, draw small, circular shapes for the stigma.
Step 5: Then draw much smaller circles to represent the anthers at the middle part of the pistil.
Step 6: It’s time to finish the first flower by sketching the rest of the petals. Most hibiscus bloom in a circular form. So, on two sides of the pistil, create the second and third petals using curved lines, slightly overlapping with the first one.
Step 7: For the last one, continue adding curved lines. Due to overlapping, they’re partly hidden by the two previous ones. So notice this feature and vary their size to make the flower look natural.
Step 8: Moving on to the second hibiscus flower, repeat the same steps as in steps 2-5 to draw the first petal, pistil, stamen, and anther.
Then, proceed to add the rest of the petals, following the process outlined in steps 6-7. Make sure to maintain the oval shape of the flower head.
Step 9: For the final hibiscus, we’ll make it face nearly forward. Thus, draw curved lines radiating from the center to the edge inside the circle. They’ll form the outline for each petal that we draw later.
Step 10: Next, draw the pistil at the circle’s center. Then add stamens and anthers just like the way you’ve sketched the previous ones.
Step 11: From the outline, draw three petals on the left first. Each petal should curve outward and slightly overlap with the neighboring petals.
Step 12: Draw the last two petals. We are also using curved lines to make a convincing bloom.
Step 13: You might’ve noticed that hibiscus petals have lots of light veins. So, add this detail to your drawing using light curves extending from the center to the top edges.
Step 14: Besides alluring bloomings, hibiscus buds will add an extra charm to your drawing.
Start by drawing a pointed oval shape between the first and second flowers. Then, add a few lines in the bottom half of the oval to represent the sepals – the small leaf-like structures that protect the developing bud. Also, draw sepals for the first blooming two.
Step 15: We’ve done the buds and flowers. What comes next is hibiscus leaves. Since they typically have serrations, draw small, jagged lines to form a leaf-like shape. Add three to four leaves for this drawing, varying in size and direction. Refer to our picture for an ideal position to place these leaves.
Step 16: In this step, there are some parts and details left to help you finish the pencil sketch of the hibiscus drawing: the stem, pedicels, and details of the bud and leaves.
Well, let’s start with the stem and pedicels first. Start by drawing long, slightly curved lines extending downward from the bottom of the first hibiscus flower. This will serve as the main stem of the hibiscus plant. From the base of each hibiscus flower and bud, draw a thin, elongated line extending downward to meet the main stem. This line represents the pedicel.
Moving on to the details, add central veins in each leaf first. Draw several slightly curved lines extending outward on each side from these veins. These lines are the secondary veins of the leaf.
Also, draw small lines and curves on the bud to add texture and make it look more realistic.
Step 17: How is your sketch so far? Make sure you successfully nail it before coming to the final steps of coloring. In this step, begin with a light coat for the blooms. Here, we choose the red hue – as they typically appear in nature.
Step 18: To add depth, use a darker tone towards the edges of the petals.
Step 19: Add some lighter highlights towards the center of the petals to make them appear more three-dimensional and give the flowers a lively look.
Step 20: For the pistil, yellow is a good option. Similarly, add a light base of yellow to these parts first, then apply the shading and highlighting technique. Usually, the bottom part of the pistil is darker than other areas.
Step 21: Next, choose a light green tone for the stem.
Step 22: Consider using different tones of green for the leaves and buds to add variation and make them appear more realistic. Add a shade of brown to the bottom half of the stem to represent its texture.
Step 23: You’ve nearly mastered this tutorial. This small step is to finalize your drawing. Assess your color and erase any unnecessary guidelines and to make your drawing neat and polished.
You can now sigh with relief since you’ve just mastered a complicated hibiscus drawing. We hope you enjoy this journey and are proud of your results. If you want to extend your picture, some hints below might help.
How about adding a background to your hibiscus illustration to create a complete scene? Whether it’s a simple background with drops and patterns or a more complicated one, such as a tropical landscape with a beach and palm trees or a blue sky with butterflies and bees, it’ll take your artwork to the next level.
Additionally, create a fantasy-themed hibiscus using unconventional colors like blue, purple, or neon shades. For a softer and dreamy look, you can also try a monochromatic approach or a pastel color scheme.
Plus, don’t limit yourself to just one art medium. Experiment with colored pencils, watercolors, markers, or even digital art to discover which medium suits your style best.
Let your creativity run wild, and don’t be discouraged by mistakes. You’ll be surprised by the result!