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How To Draw An Orchid

how to draw an orchid

Orchids are nature’s masterpieces, captivating our senses with their distinctive floral structures, impressive nodes on stems, and their astounding colors. When it comes to drawing orchids, their exquisite beauty and intricate details appear to be a little tricky.

But there’s no need to worry much when observing them carefully (via photos or in real life) and having our detailed tutorial.

We’ll break down the process into small steps that any beginner can follow, from sketching every petal to adding buds to coloring and shading. Thus, all you need to do is prepare the necessary materials (a pencil, a blank canvas, an eraser, and colored pencils) and roll up your sleeves.

Are you ready to capture the enchanting world of orchids? Let’s find out together!

How to Draw an Orchid Flower – Step by Step Tutorial

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Step 1: Begin with the first flower as we see it directly from its front. Right in the middle of the canvas, we’re using enclosed curved lines to represent the orchid’s column.

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Step 2: From the top end of the column, draw a distinctive shape to mirror the labellum or lip (as shown in the picture).

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Step 3: Next, draw two opposite petals through the column. Make sure these petals attach to the previous two parts. Plus, vary your lines for a better effect.

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Step 4: Draw the first sepal in a space between the two petals.

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Step 5: Draw the other two sepals symmetrically through the lip, using curved lines. They’re mostly hidden behind the lip and petals.
The first flower is successfully sketched!

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Step 6: Add two more flowers to your drawing with the same structure and drawing technique. You can change their direction or make them overlap for a natural look.

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Step 7: We’ve just mastered three flowers at their front. Let’s sketch another one from its side view.

At the top right of your drawing, sketch a diagonal petal with a fan shape.

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Step 8: From the base of the petal, extend two pointed shapes (one upward and the other downward) to represent the sepals.

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Step 9: Use a longer curved line to draw the petal on the opposite side, adjacent to the sepals and partly hidden by the first petal.

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Step 10: So we’ve just got enough flowers. Let’s sketch its main stem and branches.

  • Based on the position of the flowers, we’ll draw a stem behind them. Start by drawing long curved lines from the bottom of the highest flower to nearly the end of your canvas. Those parts that are across the flowers will be invisible.
  • From the stem, expand short, thin lines that mimic the branches.
  • Please notice that orchids often have nodes – the important part that serves as the site of leaf growth and the emergence of new shoots or flower spikes. So, add this feature by drawing a small pointy shape attached to the stem.

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Step 11: Keep expanding the branches. Add some smaller branches that extend upward. Sketch the orchid buds at the top of them, which are slightly elongated teardrop shapes.

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Step 12: It’s time to add detail to the petals, labellum, and buds. Use short, light, straight, or curved lines to indicate contours and veins.

Well, you’ve just finished the most challenging part. Assess your strokes and use your eraser wherever needed.

Have you got the perfect sketch yet? Sign in relief a moment before jumping to the fun part of coloring.

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Step 13: Firstly, apply a light base of purple to the flowers.

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Step 14: The orchid’s central part appears darker since it gets less light. So, blend a dark purple tone for the labellum, column, and the close area around them.

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Step 15: Add a touch of yellow to the pollinia. Then, paint the labellum details and additional parts in a darker purple tone.

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Step 16: For the buds, node, and receptacle, a medium green hue is a perfect choice.

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Step 17: Color another light green hue for the stem and ranches. Since they’re pretty thin, carefully move your paint strokes along the lines.

Congratulations! This coloring step is finished, and so is your orchid drawing.

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Conclusion

Great work! You’ve just mastered a floral drawing that is quite complicated. Through careful observation and attention to detail, you successfully depict the orchids’ unique shapes, intricate structures, and captivating colors.

While capturing the beauty of the orchid is undoubtedly captivating, consider incorporating other elements to create a more dynamic and engaging artwork. A couple of foliage, a planting pot, and some cute bees will elevate your drawing.

Try blending different colors to achieve diverse, charming looks. Plus, instead of drawing the orchid from a side view, experiment with different angles, such as a top-down or upward view that emphasizes the orchid’s height and grace.

Don’t be afraid to explore and expand your artwork. The result is sure to surprise you!

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