In today’s tutorial, we’ll delve into the beautiful symbol of the Netherlands – tulips. With their unique cup-shaped flowers in bright colors (white, red, yellow, and pink, to name a few), tulips have been an engaging and inspirational source of art for centuries.
To be honest, drawing tulips is quite simple. With our detailed 16 steps below, you’ll find a perfect way to display its charming petals, the elegant posture of its stem and leaves, and the vibrant hues that adorn its blooms.
Follow our guide and let your creativity roam free.
How to Draw a Tulip Flower – Step by Step Tutorial
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The picture below is a layout of what you’re going to sketch. Here, we choose the three-petal tulips. Just have a careful look.
Step 1: Based on the layout above, draw the first tulip petal (which is the most visible one). They’re oval shapes that are tapered on the tip.
Step 2: Draw the next hidden petals in each flower head using curved lines. Vary their size to make them look natural.
Step 3: For the last petals, you can only draw their tips to make them mostly hidden or draw curved lines (like step 2) on the opposite side.
Step 4: Now, moving on to the stem, draw long, slender lines extending down from each base of the flower head.
Step 5: Add a leaf on each or both sides of the stem by drawing a long, curved line as the central vein of the leaf.
Step 6: From the endpoint of the central vein (except the right one of the middle tulip), draw a slightly curved line that slants inward and upward, creating the outer side of the leaf. The line should meet at a point to form the tip of the leaf.
Step 7: Repeat step 6 to create the inner sides of the leaves. But this time, these lines won’t start at the endpoint yet right at the stem.
Step 8: To add more detail, sketch curved lines along the inner sides of the leaves to represent the small veins.
Also, add light strokes to the main petals to give them a more organic look.
Well, the pencil sketch is mastered. Make some necessary adjustments before jumping to the enchanting part of coloring.
Step 9: Tulips come in various shades, so you can choose traditional colors or explore unique and creative color combinations.
Start by applying the base color to the petals. Here, we use a medium tone of pink and fill in each petal.
Step 10: Tulips often have a blend of different colors. So you might choose to add yellow, orange, red, or even purple to a small area (mainly its bottom part) to enhance its look.
Step 11: Next, color the stem and leaves using shades of green. Start with a light green hue and fill in the entire branch and each outer side of the leaves.
Step 12: Choose another green tone for the inner part of each leaf. And a perfect tulip drawing is done.
Drawing tulips requires nothing complicated. All you need is a good observation and understanding of how each drawing step works.
From these, you’re free with your creativity and imagination. Think about sketching more tulips to create a garden or a floral bouquet. Try adding more petals and leaves in diverse positions and directions. And don’t forget to experiment with different colors (whether they’re vibrant, bold, pastel, or gradient) to take your drawing to the next level.
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