Yes! You can learn how to draw flowers!
Perhaps you have already been trying your hand at it, but can't quite figure out why the blooms on your page don't seem to be quite like the ones in front of you.
Here's why. While flowers seem to have lovely, loose shapes all over the place, in reality they follow rules of perspective and geometry. You need to have a little understanding of these rules to make your drawings really successful.
Not to worry! It's not hard - all you have to do is go step by step and it will gradually become clear to you.
For starters, it helps to have a rudimentary knowledge of how flowers are put together, so that you know what you are looking at and can discern the parts even when some of it is hard to make out in the shadowed parts. It will also be handy to have an idea of the main types of blossoms (technical name: “corollas”) you could run into; if you want to draw flowers from your imagination, this will be important information to have stored in your mind to make your blooms look realistic.
In fact, most flowers are actually in the form of cones, spheres, half-spheres (i.e. “hemispheres”!) or even cylinders. Once you know how to draw these different shapes from different angles, you will never look at flowers the same way - and you'll be able to draw much more easily with that 3-dimensional look!
But when you learn how to draw flowers, getting their shape right is only the first part of the task; the next part is putting light and shade in the right place so that the blooms look real on your page.
Last, making it successful drawing of flowers also includes composition; having a good understanding of the most successful ways to arrange your flowers will contribute to your producing a piece of art you will be proud of!
Start by taking a look at the material on how flowers are put together. Take a look at blossom types too. Then go on to learn about how to structure your drawing around geometrical guidelines.
Want to be able to draw from life? After looking at the material on light and shadow, to get you started, I am in the process of preparing a library of patterns for different flowers. You can start with the page on how to draw a rose, or the page on how to draw a fuchsia.
Follow my step by step instructions to do the drawing. If you want to practice the shading alone then you need only print out the page; then, using the photos for the flower you were studying, you can practice shading, and already start creating beautiful art. If you connect on the RSS feed you will know as soon as I publish this material.
That kind of work will feel easy to you? Then you're going to be ready to move on to cutting some of your own flowers, arranging them, and applying what you will learn on this website about their geometry and perspective.
Before anything else, though, you have to start with the Drawing Basics, so be sure to check those out before you start.
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