Words by Lyndsay, Creative Lead and Senior Designer
Tried to sketch a realistic-looking flower and hated what you created? Flowers have lots of teeny tiny details (roses, in particular, have up to 40 petals) and it's hard to not only include every nuance, but to make it come together in a readable, realistic way. So how do the pros create such clean and believable hand-drawn blooms?
There's a secret. A special little trick that we use. Because we draw A LOT of blooms (you know it).
It's a one word answer to your woes: simplify. Follow our steps below, and then create the floral artwork you're aiming for.
Pick a flower from your garden (or your neighbour's – we won't tell) and focus on it. Look closely at any veins on the petals and notice the direction they’re going in. Do any of the petals fold over or curl up on themselves? Turn it around in your hand to view it from different angles, and take note of the foreshortening of the petals facing...