Let's appreciate nature more by studying and creating some flower drawings.
I really enjoy doing flower sketches. It's only when you start filling in details that you realize just how intricate the petals are and how fascinating nature can be.
The best thing for trainee artists is that you can still obtain a reasonably good image of any blossom, even when you leave out major details.
The 2 beautiful fuchsia illustrations below were created by my Mum.
We picked them from my garden and we set ourselves the task to each draw the blossoms so we could compare our work later. It was an idyllic way to spend an afternoon and time I cherish.
I prefer to show you Mum's illustrations here because she has a light, gentle touch with her pencil - one day I hope to draw like this!
The majority of images on this site are my attempts when I first started to draw so I thought it's time to show you something fresh and different.
Really, it doesn't matter who creates the artwork, the fact is there is beauty to be found in the sheer simplicity of this lovely drawing topic.
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Most of us love flowers for their shape, color, fragrance and beauty. We use them to express our feelings, and that is why we place flowers on the graves of our loved ones.
At weddings they symbolize love, faithfulness and long life. We also use them for decorating whether they be fresh or designed on a canvas.
Always remember to start with something that looks relatively easy.
Flower drawings are not only simple - they are attractive to the eye as well!
Here is an easy outline for you to copy and add in any details you wish to see.
Just sketch in the general shape of each petal, it doesn't have to be exactly the same as mine.
Watch your flower drawing take on a life of its own and you are certain to fall in love with this hobby!
Before you commence doing some flower drawings, it's always handy to have some background knowledge of your subject before you attempt to portray it.
A flower is a blossom or a plant that is known to blossom. Flowering plants have soft stems rather than woody stems. Trees can flower but they are not referred to as flowers. Blossoms provide the seeds for us to cultivate more.
The flower consists of four parts. The calyx, the corolla, the stamens and the pistils.
So now you possess good general knowledge of your topic, it's time to try your hand at flower drawings.
If you're interested in developing your pencil skills, try copying over-easy topics. Every little bit you do contributes to your overall progress.
I like to keep a reference folder of pictures that give me inspiration and they look easy enough for me to achieve a good resemblance.
You can find numerous outlines throughout this website so stick with me and we'll become hobby artists together, ok?
When you are learning and practicing, try not to worry too much about adding color at this early stage.
Maybe if you really love your sketch, keep it separate so you can add color later. It is more important to acquire confidence now, so simplifying all tasks is critical.
Take notice of the 'quiet' within you when you start drawing because that is one of the things that I love the most and I don't want you to miss that feeling.
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