Follow this easy step by step tutorial on how to draw sunflower petals that are twisting and curling in space.
Drawing a sunflower petal is a lot like a twisting leaf.
Let's get started . . .
Draw your lines lightly, as some of them will need to be erased later on.
Sunflower petals usually have from three to several veins going toward the tip. There's almost always one that goes to the longest tip point and we will use this vein to establish the petal.
Draw a continuous line for the front edge of the petal . . .
This line will be the front edge of the petal. This is the only line that is continuous -- the only edge that does not disappear behind the twist.
Draw the non-continuous side of the petal . . .
This line (or edge) disappears behind the twist and reappears again at the top.
Curve the next line inwards . . .
This is where the line reappears out from behind the twisting part.
This curved section is where the petal is foreshortened as it emerges from the twist. It's important to get this curved section correct to give the illusion of three dimensions.
Erase part of the veins . . .
The veins now need to be adjusted.
Move the veins over . . .
This vein line has the illusion of continuing on as it twists around, even when we cannot see it. Placing this line correct plays a large factor in the petal having an illusion of three dimensions.
Sunflower petals have more than one vein.
In this photo, see how the petal has three main veins that each come to a point, creating three points in all.
When drawing sunflower petals remember that they can have from one to many veins, it depends upon the type of sunflower.
Now is the time to place at least two other veins . . .
The petal is complete. If you are drawing a sunflower, you can add this type of twisting petal and it will seriously liven up your flower!
Can you imagine it as a beautiful petal (of many) on a sunflower?
Tips on how to draw sunflower petals . . .
The veins of sunflower petals are often where there're deep shadows from the grooves.
The veins "pull in" when the petal begins aging, which creates both these grooves and the edges to pull toward the middle (see the right side toward the tip).
Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!
Glossary words used on this "how to draw sunflower petals" page . . .
Don't miss my other botanical art tutorials.