Sunflowers are such tall, vibrant and beautiful flowers. Just the thought of a field full of these beauties can capture your imagination and take you into a magical place. What better way to capture this feeling than through art by learning how to draw them in colored pencils?
Follow this step-by-step tutorial to draw a colored pencil sunflower in 7 steps
Step 1: Base drawing
- Draw the sketch with a graphite pencil using very faint lines that won’t come through the colored pencil layer later on
- Draw the whole sketch with a colored pencil in a light color that the flower already has (such as yellow or light orange). Doing this will help you avoid being left with any dark pencil marks later on.
Step 2: First layer of pigment
Step 3: Adding more pressure
Step 4: Shading the petals
Step 5: Petal shadows
Continue to work your way outward on the petals by using a darker color, such as a grayish green or blue. Very faintly shade some of the petals in the background and add some light crease lines to the front petals.
Step 6: Top layer
Now you’re ready for the final layer of pigment on the petals. This is the step that brings it all together and gives your drawing a more realistic look. Using a set of orange and yellow pencils, press down hard as you color and blend all the previous layers of pigment together.
Step 7: Coloring the stem and leaves
Lastly, using a light green pencil, color the stem and leaves in their darkest areas. Use a hint of yellow over them where the light hits them to add a touch of light to it and give your drawing more dimension.
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