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How to draw a sunflower

Updated on October 31, 2012

Learn how to draw a beautiful sunflower!

Sunflowers are extremely beautiful in so many ways. Just looking at one makes me feel all warm and good inside. I know that the cold season is approaching and all, but there's never a wrong time for sunflowers!

Today, I will guide you through the process of drawing your very own sunflower on pencil and paper. There are a lot of steps involved so be sure to follow each and every one of them properly. This might be a little more difficult than some of my other tutorials I have here on hubpages. Keep reading to get started on the first step. :)

Step 1

Start off by drawing the round bunch that represents the sunflower seeds. If you're confused about where exactly this is, it's the round/brownish object in the center where the petals should sit on top of. Just start off by drawing a circle.

Step 2

Give your seed bunch a more "seed-ish" look. The seeds on a sunflower have a kind of furry appearance to them.

Step 3

Give the seed more depth by drawing darker, thicker lines in the center of the seeds. The center of the seed is usually a lot darker than the outside portions.

Step 4

Now it's time to move on to the best part of all. The petals! This is probably going to be the longest and most difficult part to drawing a sunflower, or at least it was for me at first!

Step 5

Be sure to draw the first layer of petals all around the seed bunched area, draw them in a counterclockwise direction if it makes it easier for you.

Step 6

After we finish drawing the first set of petals, it's time to move on to drawing the back set. If you look closely at a sunflower, you can see that there is usually a back set of petals as well. This just makes the flower bigger, prettier and just makes it stand out more. :)

Step 7

Draw the stem starting from the lowest petal downward. Very easy, right?

Step 8

Lastly, include some leaves scattered in different parts of the stem. I don't really like the appearance of symmetrical leaves, it's just so boring and unnatural! Be creative, the leaves don't have to be close together or matching. :)

Step 9

These last two steps will focus on including more detail to the leaves. As you can see, I have given each of the leaves their very own midrib.

Step 10

Last but not least, add some veins to the leaves. This gives your leaves that added touch of realism. After that, you are officially done! I highly recommend that you color your sunflower to make it pop out more. Doesn't have to be done of course, i'm just a nut for colors!

I hope you all liked this. Feel free to share this with people you know if you enjoyed it. Be sure to check back for more future hubs soon. :)


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love sunflowers! My favorite flower! I have artificial ones at home and try to buy them, when they're in season. So cool!

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      NatalyF 3 years ago

      Thanks it really helped me !!!!

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      Shawnte 5 years ago

      I'm glad you like it! I color the drawings in photoshop and/or in colored pencil sometimes :).

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      TNSabrina 5 years ago

      I love sunflowers! Great tutorial! I think your shading and coloring is great as well. Do you have a technique for that?