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How To Draw Hydrangea

how to draw hydrangea

Hydrangeas are beautiful flowering plants known for their stunning blooms and lush foliage. Their large, showy blooms are attention-grabbing and create an impressive display in any setting. Plus, they are often arranged in clusters, making them even more striking.

Beyond their beautiful flowers, hydrangeas boast attractive foliage, with large, lush green leaves that enhance their overall visual appeal even when not in bloom.

In this tutorial on how to draw a hydrangea, we’ll help you capture all of these alluring features. From observing the overall shape of the hydrangea to focusing on multiple thin petals that come together to create a full bloom, every detail is carefully sketched in our steps below.

Additionally, while the flowers gracefully display in a myriad of colors (white, pink, lilac, and even green), we choose the common blue one with different tones to guide you.

Now, it’s time to delve into the tutorial to get the most charming hydrangea drawing ever!

How To Draw Hydrangea 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: You need to outline the flower and stem first. Start by drawing a simple circle to represent the flowerhead of the hydrangea. Note that this oval doesn’t need to be perfect, as hydrangea flowerheads are slightly irregular in shape.

Next, draw a curved line below the flowerhead to create the stem. Then, add an extra line that extends from the stem to the flowerhead (as shown in the picture).

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Step 2: Now, let’s add the details to the flowerhead. Hydrangea is made up of multiple small flowers arranged in clusters. Plus, these flowers are typically composed of tiny, four-petal blossoms.

Thus, to make drawing more manageable, use a “+” shape to mark the most visible individual flowers (also the big ones). Remember to scatter them inside the circle and switch their directions for more vibrant details we’re sketching in the following steps.

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Step 3: Well, it’s time to draw each small bloom. At the “+” shape, sketch the first petal with an oval shape.

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Step 4: Similarly, add three petals to form the first individual flower.

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Step 5: Continue drawing the rest blooms. Vary the size of each petal to create a natural look.

Important notice: Those petals that intertwine with the outline circle should be altered in size and shape to represent a round-blooming hydrangea. A bit vague? Look at our reference picture, and you’ll find a simple way to nail it.

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Step 6: Now, draw additional blooms. They form the layer that grows under the previous ones, making them smaller and overlapped.

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Step 7: In this step, fill this hydrangea flowerhead with more blooms and petals to form a circular arrangement. Each flower should overlap with the others to create a dense cluster.

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Step 8: Once you’ve finished the blooms, sketch the stem based on the outline.

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Step 9: Moving on to the hydrangea leaves. They are usually broad and have a serrated or toothed edge. Here, draw several leaves overlapping the flowerhead and another extending in front of the stem.

Each leaf can be different in size and shape, adding to the natural appearance. Additionally, pay attention to its direction. In this drawing, we make these leaves point downward.

Don’t forget to add veins to these leaves to enhance realism. Start by the central vein extending from the bottom end of each leaf towards the tips. Then, draw extra veins symmetrically through the main one.

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Step 10: Your last strokes of veins have just put an end to the pencil hydrangea sketch. It’s time to soothe your eyes and soul with beautiful colors.

Firstly, apply the base coat of color to the flowerhead.

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Step 11: Next comes the shading part. Since this hydrangea is round, the light will hit the top, while the bottom will be in shadow.

Now, choose four different tones for the palette (refer to our picture) and apply the shading to the lower parts of the petals, blending it gently with the base color.

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Step 12: Then, use the darkest tone for the petals at the lower edge and use the nearly brightest one for the top area to add more depth.

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Step 13: Finish the shading part. It’s time to add highlights to some petals for a better effect. Now, pick up the brightest tone in your chosen color palette and apply it to the edges of some petals (as shown in the image below).

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Step 14: Continue highlighting some more petals. You’ll see how this technique makes your drawing more captivating.

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Step 15: We’ve mastered the blue. It’s time to pick a green hue for the stem and leaves. As usual, we’ll cover them with a base coat.

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Step 16: Then, add a darker layer for shading. Use a bright stroke later to highlight the edges and add details to these elements.

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Conclusion

Congrats!! You’ve conquered this tutorial on how to draw a hydrangea. It seems intimidating at first since this flower is a cluster of blooms. However, following our detailed steps and additional tips, you’ll easily capture the hydrangea’s essence and display it beautifully on your paper.

If you desire to enhance your drawing further yet have no idea what to do next, challenge yourself by exploring unique color combinations. Consider creating a bouquet with a mix of hydrangea colors or experimenting with fantastical, imaginative hues.

Or else, expand your artwork by drawing more hydrangeas in different shapes and viewpoints. This will add complexity and visual interest to your piece.

With practice and dedication, your hydrangea drawing will continue flourishing, blossoming into a stunning masterpiece that reflects your unique style and vision. Happy creating!

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