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How to Draw Flowers: The Innocent and Cheerful Daisy

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We’ve landed on the third in our set of tutorials about drawing flowers. If you’re just joining us, you can go back and check out my tutorials on how to draw tulips and orchids.

How to Draw a Daisy Step by Step: Sketch

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a cute little daisy step by step, and how to color it and shade as a simple digital painting in SketchBook.

Step 1

Sketch the general shape of a daisy.

Step 2

Draw radial lines all around the center.

Step 3

Draw ovals around these lines. Make them equally wide regardless of how long the are.

Step 4

Give each petal a narrow base next to the center.

Step 5

Draw more petals under the first ones. They can be less regular, because they’re bent.

Step 6

Draw the top of the center.

Step 7

The center has a special texture. You can draw it this way:

Step 8

Outline the thin stem.

How to Draw a Daisy Step by Step: Lines

Step 1

Outline the details of the center.

Step 2

Outline the petals. They have ragged tips.

Step 3

Outline the stem.

Step 4

Give detail to the petals and the stem.

Step 5

You can give the flower a thicker outline to make it more interesting and easier to color.

How to Draw a Daisy Step by Step: Colors

Step 1

Create a new layer under the line art.

Step 2

Use the Lasso (L) to select all the petals that don’t overlap each other.

Step 3

Use the Flood Fill to fill the selection with color. It should be a very bright color, but not white.

Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 to fill all the elements with colors and to have therm all on separate layers.

Step 5

Hold Shift and select all the layers except the line art.

Step 6

Open the Layer menu and select Group Layers.

Step 7

Open the menu again and select Duplicate.

Step 8

Lock Transparency for all the layers in this group.

Step 9

Change the mode of these layers to Multiply and paint them white to make them transparent again.

Step 10

Duplicate this group twice.

Step 11

Go to one of these copied groups and gently draw some shaded details. Because the petals are so bright use a very bright shade of gray for this purpose. You can paint with the Inking Pen to have full control over the strokes.

Step 12

Make the strokes smoother with some blending brush, for example the Bristle Blender from the Textured Watercolors set.

Step 13

Gently shade the whole flower this way.

Step 14

These were detailing shadows, let’s add the form-creating shadows now. Go to another copied group and shade the flower some more. You can add some saturation to the shadow to make the daisy more lively and realistic.

White is very reflective, and it tends to reflect the bright colors next to it

Step 15

In the last copied group, paint all the layers 50% gray and change their mode to Overlay.

Step 16

Paint with white to create some bright details.

What a pretty little flower!