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How to Draw a Lotus Flower

The lotus is well-known for its ability to blossom immaculately from muddy waters but still retains its unique quality and a symbol of purity.

Today, we’ll bring this majestic flower to paper with just simple strokes and colors.

If you want to perfectly draw a lotus, observation is key. Basically, it’s a visually captivating flower with a distinctive appearance, including enchanting teardrop-shaped petals, broad leaves, an iconic seed pod, and an elegant stem.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to draw a lotus from different sides of view and positions. It takes more details and steps than drawing a single one, which you might see elsewhere.

But soon, you’ll understand that it’s worth it. Plus, we broke it down into small steps to easily follow, and you’ll find it interesting to master each of them.

Now, get your materials ready and explore the delicacy that lies in each detail of the lotus!

How To Draw A Lotus Flower – Step by Step Tutorial

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Note: Click the slider arrow (or push arrow keys) to see step-by-step.

Step 1: Let’s start with a lotus bloom from an angled view. Refer to our picture to locate the first petal.

The lotus petal is typically a teardrop shape, with a pointed tip and a rounded base. But since this one is pointed from an angle, begin with an oval shape slightly tilted to one side.

Inside this shape, draw a curved line with a tip to represent that the petal is folding and poking up.

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Step 2: Similarly, add three more petals for this first lotus layer. Adjust your strokes to make it look as realistic as possible.

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Step 3: Next, move to the seed pod, located in the center of the lotus flower and partly hidden by the petals. Start by drawing an oval shape, slightly elongated. Then, draw a curved line at each side that extends inward and downward until it meets the petal.

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Step 4: Draw the left petals on this layer. They’re a bit larger than the previous ones due to the view angle.

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Step 5: Add extra small petals behind the first layer to create a more natural look. The primary sketch of the flower head is done.

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Step 6: Moving to the next flower, which is sketched from a side view. Start with a tear-drop shape for a central petal.

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Step 7: Sketch the next petals by drawing curved lines that radiate from each side of the central base. These lines should be slightly slanted and overlapping each other. After that, add some petals that are mainly hidden behind the front ones.

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Step 8: Now, draw a lotus bud to enhance your drawing. Sketch a short part of the stem with small sepals to serve as a base. Then, start drawing petals that are about to open (as shown in the picture).

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Step 9: Next, sketch a leaf for the first lotus. Use a curved line to create an elongated shape.

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Step 10: Draw two curved lines extending outward from the top left and top right of the oval. These lines will be the outer edges of the leaf.

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Step 11: For the second lotus, we’ll draw a flat leaf on which the flower sits. Start by sketching a thin, oval shape. At its front edge, draw an irregular, pointy shape heading inwards to represent the torn part of the leaf.

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Step 12: What’s missing here? A slender stem, of course. Draw a couple of curved lines vertically, meeting all three elements, including the flower base and the petiole of the leaf and bud.

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Step 13: Well, it’s time to add veins to the leaf. They’re typically curved and radiate from the center of the pad towards the outer edges. Draw several veins that extend from the main ones, too.

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Step 14: We’ve reached the coloring part, finally. Choose a yellow hue for the seeding pod and stamen. Vary the tone for a better effect.

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Step 15: Then add a pink coat for the flowers and bud.

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Step 16: To add depth and highlight those elements just painted, use a super light pink stroke for the veins and the small areas on the tip of the petals.

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Step 17: For the rest, a green hue is a smart move. Choose a medium shade for the stem and the top side of the leaves. A bit lighter shade is for its bottom side.

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Step 18: Lastly, use the previous light green shade to trace over the leaf veins and highlight some areas on the stem.

Assess your coloring and make any adjustments. Hooray! You’ve just got a stunning lotus drawing.

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Conclusion

How’re you feeling after mastering an alluring drawing of lotus? While it may have required time and effort, we believe the result will deserve “Woww.”

If you’re still interested, expand it further by incorporating more details. Whether it’s a serene pond with lots of lotus floating or water ripples with other aquatic plants and animals, it’ll add an extra touch of charm and harmony to your drawing.

Plus, practice shading techniques to enhance depth and realism. And don’t just stop at basic shades while you’re free to switch to a vibrant palette to bring your lotus to life in a vivid display.

After finishing, let your masterpiece inspire others by sharing it via meetings or social networks. For more flower drawing tutorials, visit our website. Make a floral sketchbook of your own!

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