How to Draw Basic Flower Shapes

Have you ever wanted to render nature realistically?  Now you can draw the beauty of botanicals with The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration, starting with learning to draw basic flower shapes.

There are many shapes and sizes of flowers. The easiest way to understand them is to break them down into the basic shapes. Below is a sample of common flower shapes.

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a. Funnelform – funnel
b. Salverform – tube
c. Campanulate – bell
d. Urceolate – urn
e. Cruciform – cross
f. Coroniform – crown
g. Alate – wing
h. Tubular – disc
i. Ligulate – ray

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Once you begin to see different flower shapes, it’s important to keep in mind the angle or viewpoint from which you are looking. In this example, I’ve placed a tulip at three different viewpoints. The flower can be described as a basic teacup shape. As the viewpoint gets lower, the interior of the flower becomes more visible.

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The Art Of Botanical & Bird IllustrationDraw and paint beautiful, vibrant, and realistic birds and botanicals with The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration. Take a sketch and transform it into fine art!

The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels.

This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time!

To bring it all together, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustrationincludes step-by-step demonstrations to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.