If you’re enchanted by the striking, showy blooms of sunflowers and want to preserve that beauty in your sketchbook, this tutorial is uniquely yours.
It won’t be too challenging since we’ll show you how to draw a sunflower from the front view. Just remember the main parts we need to sketch, including the disc florets (where seeds grow), petals, stems, and leaves. You’ll also learn how to make your sunflower alluring with its natural color.
Follow our detailed steps first and use your creativity to expand your drawing further.
How to Draw a Sunflower Flower – Step by Step Tutorial
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Step 1: Let’s go with the center florets first. Start by drawing a medium circle. Inside this circle, add a smaller one. Try to fluctuate your pencil lines to create a more realistic look.
Step 2: Now move to the petals part. This might be the longest part since we need to present the specialty of the sunflower: having many petals.
Please note that each petal should start from the outer circle you’ve sketched. Use curved lines to mimic their appearance. Here, we make it pointy on top.
Step 3: Draw some faint lines on the petals to represent veins. They can be thin and delicate, adding a subtle sense of structure to the petals.
Step 4: Draw the first layer of ray florets with the same technique. Slightly changing the shapes of each petal will make them look vibrant. Plus, remember to position them apart a bit for a better view of the next layer.
Step 5: In the space between the two petals of the first layer, draw partly hidden petals. Again, varying your lines for these elements will make your drawing charming and natural-looking.
Step 6: Have you finished yet with the floral head? Then, draw the top part of the stem with two curved lines.
Step 7: Draw a large, heart-shaped leaf that slightly bends down at the right side of this stem.
Step 8: Next, add details to the leaves to gain a more textured appearance. Sunflower leaves have prominent veins that run from the base to the tip of each leaf. Draw several curved lines that radiate outward from the central vein, branching into smaller veins.
Step 9: Trace over the pencil lines to make the leaf apparent. Then, add extra lines to create the short petiole part.
Step 10: Repeat steps 7-10 to draw the second leaf on the opposite side of the stem.
Step 11: Erase any unnecessary guidelines and refine the shape of your sunflower. Your sketch is ready to shine with colors.
Step 12: Use a dark brown hue for the inner circle of the flower head. This is to represent the unopened disc florets.
Step 13: Color the outer circle a bit brighter brown hue to display the opened or withering part.
Step 14: We’ll color the petals yellow, as they always appear in nature. Color the second layer or ray florets with a darker yellow tone first.
Step 15: Of course, the front layer will be in a brighter yellow tone.
Step 16: Jumping to its leaves. A light green is perfect for the veins.
Step 17: On the left edge of the stem and petiole, use a much darker green shade to add dimension.
Step 18: Choose a medium green tone for the left parts to create a natural look and harmony.
Congratz! You’ve just finished a stunning sunflower drawing.
Take a step back and look at your masterpiece. How much will you score? Perfect!!
The journey of sunflower drawing is not ending here, isn’t it? Embrace the spirit of creativity and dare to explore further.
Go beyond a single sunflower and create a radiant field of these majestic blooms, facing the sun at its front side and in diverse positions. Imagine the background: a clear blue sky, mountains in the distance, delicate butterflies, busy bees. A fantastic scene of nature!