It goes without saying that the morning glory possesses a unique appearance that sets it apart in the botanical world. Unlike the round blooming that you might picture in many different flowers, the trumpet-shaped flowers of morning glories are distinct and alluring.
When drawing a morning glory, it’s essential to pay attention to the details of the flower. The thin and delicate petals, contrasting throat colors, and patterns are captivating features that will create an appealing vibe in any display.
Additionally, it’s noticeable that morning glories are typically vining plants. This post will highlight this plant’s vining nature, depicting how the stems wind and climb up a pole.
Once you’ve understood this flower, it’s time to delve into the tutorial on how to draw a morning glory – a comprehensive guide for both sketching and coloring.
How To Draw A Morning Glory – Step by Step Tutorial
Draw a Morning Glory
Below is our sketch of the morning glory. Having a close look at it will help you figure out what parts of this plant we’re drawing and how they’re proportional to each other.
When you’re done looking, use this sketch as a reference to make each stroke relevant on your paper or canvas.
Step 1: Start with the first trumpet-shaped bloom. Refer to our picture to draw the throat of this bloom by using short curved lines.
On the top of the throat, add a pollen tube and a stigma at the tip for details.
Step 2: Next, we’re drawing rays. Morning glories often have five petals, so draw five curved lines that radiate from the center (or the throat) and extend outward like spokes on a wheel. These lines will guide the placement of the petals.
Then, draw five other curved lines (shorter than the rays) running in the middle of two continuous rays to separate each petal of this bloom.
Step 3: Using the lines in Step 2 as a guide, draw five petals that are pointy on the tip.
Step 4: Next, extend the throat downwards a bit. As its base, draw small, leaf-like shapes upward that enclose the throat itself to mimic the sepals.
Step 5: The sketch of the first flower head is done. Now, you need to move to the other two and complete their sketch. Notice which direction they’re facing to ensure that they look natural.
Step 6: Well, it’s time to make the pole apparent. Decide on the thickness of the pole and draw two parallel lines running vertically along the middle of your paper. At its top, draw a short diagonal line to connect the outer edges of the parallel lines.
These lines can be irregular and vary in length for a natural look. You can also add any additional details, such as knots, imperfections, or texture, to enhance the realism of the pole.
Next comes the stem of this vining plant. Starting from the bottom of your paper, draw curvy lines representing the stem’s initial part. This part should curve slightly from the pole to give the impression of the winding stem around it.
As you continue drawing, add the pedicel for each bloom, extending upward and sideward from the stem.
Remember to make the stem curve around the pole and add a twist or curl at its tip to mimic its vining nature.
Step 7: This step is for erasing any part of the pole hidden by the petals and pedicel of the morning glory.
Step 8: When you’ve got all the details, refine any areas that need adjustment.
Step 9: Are you eager for the coloring part? No more waiting! Pick up a yellow pencil and color these blooms’ pollen tubes and stigma.
Step 10: Next, choose a base color for the petals. Standard shades include blue, purple, pink, and white (here, we choose purple as the main one). Start by applying the base color lightly and evenly across the entire petal area.
Step 11: For the throats, apply a pale shade of the same base color. Note that the throat colors vary. You might refer to reference images for more ideas.
Step 12: Use a pop-up color for the five rays in each petal. Our blooms are a combination of purple and pink. It looks great, doesn’t it?
Step 13: For a refreshing touch, use white to highlight those areas that hit the light.
Step 14: Have you finished the blooms yet? If so, pick up a green pencil this time to color the stem, pedicels, and sepals.
Step 15: Then, use a light shade of orange or pink to add realism and dimension to these parts. Meanwhile, remember to highlight them with strokes of lighter green.
Step 16: What’s remaining is the pole. Start coloring it with a light to medium brown (or yellow) that resembles its natural color.
Step 17: This is the final step. You need to shade the pole vertically towards its right edge using different shades of the base color (increasing in tones).
We’re sure you have a perfect morning glory centerpiece in your hands. It might be a new experience to draw a vining plant with trumpet-shaped blooms. And you’ve just made a step further in the journey of conquering every flower in this world.
If you’re still interested in the morning glories, explore their diverse types and colors and make them beautifully appear on your paper.
In addition to the basic steps outlined in this tutorial on how to draw a morning glory, you could also include other parts, such as the leaves or the flowers in different stages.
Want to add a little touch of enhancement? Developing a background with extra elements such as grasses and insects, or just creating a simple colored background that complements the look of your morning glory.
No matter what you choose to apply, you’re breathing a charming and attractive vibe to your drawing.