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Flower Drawing For Beginners [Sunflowers & Daisies]

Finished sunflower and daisy drawings. Image used in the “Flower Drawing For Beginners [Sunflowers & Daisies]” blog post.

Lear how to draw flowers in a few simple steps!

Did you know that sunflowers can be red and pale white?

This is just one of the many fascinating facts about the iconic blooms that you’ll learn how to draw by the end of this guide.

Besides sunflowers, we’ll also show you how to draw daisies!

Now, get your tools ready and let’s blossom and bloom together, one stroke at a time!

The Tools You Need For An Easy Flower Drawing

Even though any type of pencil and paper will do, you can also try these tools to draw sunflowers and daisies:

  • An H pencil: This pencil has a hard lead that allows for an easy creation of precise lines, which is just what you need during the outlining stage.
  • An HB pencil: HB pencils produce neither too dark nor too light lines. That’s exactly what you need when adding details to your sketches and enhancing the lines.
  • A kneaded eraser: Kneaded erasers are malleable, meaning you can easily adjust their shape and size, depending on what you want to erase.  That way, you can erase even the smallest details from your sketch.
  • Lightly textured sketch paper: This kind of paper is ideal for beginners because of its smooth surface. Your pencil is guaranteed to glide over it, which will make the drawing experience all the more enjoyable.
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Sunflower Drawing In 4 Steps

First up, let’s go through the process of drawing sunflowers.

1. Draw The Base

Recommended tool: H pencil

When you’re learning how to draw something, we always recommend that you use geometrical shapes to create the outline for your drawing whenever possible.

That way, it’ll be easier for you to get the proportions for your sketch right.

With that in mind, let’s draw a circle.

This is where its seed is:

Drawing of a circle.
Start by drawing a simple circle.

Make sure to leave enough room around the circle for the rest of your sunflower drawing!

Next, we’ll lay the grounds for the petals.

Let’s draw one horizontal and one vertical line and have them meet at the circle’s center.

Make sure you extend the lines so that they go outside the circle, like so:

A circle with straight a horizontal and vertical line meeting at its center.
Use straight lines to set the base for the petals.

Next, draw two more diagonal lines that go through the circle’s center.

Make sure that you divide the circle into eight equal pieces:

A circle divided into eight equal parts with straight horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.
Use the lines to divide the circle into eight equal sections.

2. Draw The Petals

Recommended tool: HB pencil

Let’s go over the circle with the HB pencil to make the line darker.

If you’re using a different pencil, simply apply more pressure to it for darker strokes:

Darker outline of the circle.
Make the circle darker.

Now’s the time to start drawing the petals.

We’ll continue to use the HB pencil because of its darker lead, but you can use whatever pencil you prefer.

Start at the top of the central vertical line — its tip will be the tip of the petal, i.e., the tip of the ray floret:

A petal drawn at the top of the flower ring.
Sunflowers have ray florets on the outer side of the flower head.

Then, draw a ray floret across the one at the top:

A petal drawn at across the top floret.
The ray florets should be of the same size.

Next up, add the florets on the left and right side of the circle, like so:

Ray florets drawn on the left and right side of the circle.
Keep enriching your sketch!

Now, let’s add the ray florets on either side of one of the diagonal lines, like this:

Ray florets drawn on either side of one of the diagonal lines.
The sketch is slowly shaping up to look like a sunflower!

What’s left at this point is to draw the petals at the ends of the other diagonal line:

Ray florets drawn at the ends of every guideline.
Finish adding ray florets to the ends of the guidelines.

The next step is filling up the empty spaces between these ray florets with more ray florets, like so:

Ray florets drawn all around the circle.
Make sure no space around the circle is petal-free!

Sunflowers have an abundance of ray florets, so keep adding them behind the petals in the first line:

Ray florets added behind the petals surrounding the circle.
Sunflowers have numerous petals!

3. Remove The Guidelines

Recommended tool: kneaded eraser

Once all petals are in place, it’s time to get rid of the guidelines.

You can use any eraser you like, but we suggest going for a kneaded eraser simply because it allows for greater precision since you can change its shape the way you need.

Once the guidelines are gone, your sunflower drawing should look like this:

A sketch of a sunflower with the guidelines removed.
Remove the guidelines!

4. Add The Details And Finalize Your Sunflower Drawing

Recommended tool: HB pencil

The center of sunflowers is filled with disc florets — that’s where the sunflower seeds develop.

Now, there are countless disc florets on each sunflower, but we won’t be drawing them all.

When you’re learning how to draw sunflowers, suffice to add a few more details inside the circle, like this:

Details added to the center of the sunflower.
Sunflowers have a rich central part filled with disc florets.

To finalize the sketch, add a stem and the leaves.

You don’t have to draw them too big —it’s enough to have them at least peak to give more dimension to the flower:

Finished sunflower drawing.
That’s a wrap on the sunflower drawing!

And that’s it — you can now make sunflowers stars of your art, like Van Gogh!

Daisy Drawing In 5 Steps

We want to show you how to draw another beautiful flower — daisies!

We’ll use the same approach, i.e., we’ll break the process into easy-to-follow steps that anyone can follow, beginners included.

1. Draw The Base

Recommended tool: H pencil

Let’s kick things off with a circle.

This time around, your circle should be smaller than the one you drew when sketching a sunflower simply because daisies have a smaller central part compared to sunflowers:

A circle outline.
Once again, the outlining stage starts with a circle drawing.

Now, we’ll add two straight lines — vertical and horizontal — and have them meet at the circle’s center.

It’s important that the lines are of the same size:

A circle with a horizontal and vertical line going through its center.
Once again, the outlining stage starts with a circle drawing.

We’ll now add two diagonal lines and have them also go through the center of the circle, like so:

A circle with horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines going through its center.
All lines should be of the same size.

2. Draw The Petals

Recommended tool: HB pencil

If you followed the steps to sunflower drawing, you can probably guess what comes next.

At this stage of flower drawing, you’ll need a pencil with a darker lead (such as an HB pencil), or you can add more pressure to the one you’re already using to create darker lines.

First up, go over the circle to make it darker:

Enhanced circle outline with a darker pencil.
Add a few short, round lines on the left side of the flower’s center.

These lines will now help us add the petals to the sketch.

Like sunflowers, daisies have ray florets surrounding the central part of the flower, while their central florets are called the disk florets.

We’ll start by sketching the ray florets at the top and at the bottom of the vertical line.

Daisies’ petals are narrow and elongated, like so:

Two petals stemming from the central flower disc.
The petals are radiating from the central disc.

Then, add the petals along the horizontal line:

Four petals surrounding the central part of a daisy.
The petals should all be of the same size.

Now, let’s draw the ray florets on the diagonal guidelines, like so:

Six ray florets surrounding the central part of a daisy.
The ray florets need to be as long as the guidelines.

And on the other diagonal line as well:

The first ray of daisy florets is done.
The first row of ray florets is done.

3. Remove The Guidelines

Recommended tools: kneaded eraser

Before we continue drawing a daisy, let’s grab an eraser (a kneaded one if you have it) and get rid of the guidelines we used to draw the petals:

The guidelines are removed.
It’s time to get rid of the guidelines.

4. Draw More Petals

Recommended tool: HB pencil

Once the guidelines are removed, let’s continue adding details to the sketch to make the daisy all pretty and nice.

Daisies usually have between 15 and 30 petals, so let’s keep drawing more of them.

Sketch smaller petals between the larger ones you drew earlier, like this:

Smaller and larger petals added to the daisy sketch.
Daisies are rich in petals.

To make the flower look really rich, you can continue to add even more petals.

You can squeeze bits of petals between the tops of larger and smaller florets, like so:

Petals surrounding the center of the daisy.
Keep adding the petals!

5. Add The Details And Finalize Your Daisy Drawing

Recommended tool: HB pencil

We’ll now add some finishing touches to the sketch to complement the daisy’s beauty and make it look richer.

Let’s start off with a flower stem:

A stem added to the daisy drawing.
Details make the drawing look more complete and richer.

After the stem, why don’t we also add a leaf:

A leaf added to the daisy drawing.
Only one more step to go!

To finalize the sketch, add thin, straight lines of various sizes to each petal, near the flower’s center, like this:

Finished daisy drawing.
Your daisy drawing is done!

Finished Your Flower Drawing? Draw These Next!

Flowers are admired for their beauty, colors, shapes and smells, and they’re fun to draw.

Once you master drawing sunflowers and daisies, we encourage you to also explore our guide on rose drawing.

We have an extensive collection of simple how-to-draw guides you can use to continue improving your drawing skills.

You can learn:

And so much more!

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A Recap On Flower Drawing Step-By-Step

When learning how to draw flowers, the most important thing is to break the process into steps and draw one part of the flower at a time.

A circle and several straight lines will help you define the flower core and set up a scene for the petals.

As for petals, add one layer at a time, and then draw the stem and the leaves to enhance the flowers’ appearance and make it more complete.

Embrace imperfection and the pure joy of flower drawing, and enjoy the process!

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FAQs

1. How do I start drawing a flower?

Start by sketching the basic shape of the flower’s head using a circle and then use straight lines (vertical, horizontal and diagonal) to position the petals. Then, work on details such as stems and leaves.

2. What are some basic tips for drawing flowers?

When drawing flowers, be it sunflowers, daisies, or any other flower you like, we advise you to pay attention to proportions. Use geometrical shapes to create outlines and position all flower parts, and then gradually build up details.

3. What’s the easiest way to draw flower petals?

We recommend using vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines to mark the position of the petals and define their length. Add one petal layer at a time, and then work on details, such as veins and folds.

4. How do I draw flowers with delicate features, such as daisies?

Use light, airy strokes and focus on detailing to highlight the flowers’ softness.

5. Are there any specific drawing exercises to improve my flower drawing skills?

The best practice is to draw as much as possible. Sunflowers, daisies, roses… don’t stop practicing!

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