How to Draw a Realistic Daisy

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Draw a Daisy

draw a daisy
photo (cc) Joshua Ludwig, drawing Helen South

The classic daisy is a favorite flower to draw, and we often draw them with a simple circle and oval leaves - it's a classic simplified, symbolic flower doodle. To make your daisy drawing look a little more realistic, it helps to use a good reference photo. That way, you'll be drawing what a daisy really looks like, not what you think it looks like. Look for a clear, close-up photo. I found this lovely picture of a Daisy on Flickr, kindly made available under a Creative Commons 2.0 license by Joshua Ludwig. Joshua has it labeled 'Marguerite' Daisy, though I think it's more likely to be a Leucanthemum vulgare, or White Ox-Eye Daisy. The Marguerite has a more star-like shape. Daisies are easy to grow. You could plant some and never run out of subjects to sketch!

How to Start Drawing Your Daisy

The easiest way to begin is by drawing the center - it's almost perfectly circular, but with a bumpy edge. Make it really irregular, not zig-zagged. Then add the petals that are in front of others - the ones that you can see a complete outline of. Then add the ones that are tucked in behind those, such as the ones dotted in the example. Notice how the ends of some of the petals aren't pointy. Some will be perfectly flat, while some might be tilted slightly, so narrower, or even curled. Observe your photo and copy the shapes.

If you're going to use a Paint program....

Because I was just sketching this daisy casually, I didn't worry too much about lines meeting perfectly or overlapping. If you want to color your drawing using a computer paint program, you'll want to make sure that your lines all meet up exactly, so they will contain the 'fills'. This is called closing your polygons - the polygon is a shape with many sides - so each petal or part of the flower is a polygon that you need to enclose in order to fill it without painting the background the same color.

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Daisy Drawing

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Finish the daisy drawing by adding in the remaining petals, and drawing the stem. Add some texture to the center with short, squiggly lines and dots, particularly on the darker side - this adds a bit of a suggestion of shadow. Don't overdo it though! You just want to indicate that there's a bit of texture there, and suggest the direction of the sun, without drawing every little detail.

The main thing to keep in mind with daisies is that they are mostly very simple - in fact, they often symbolize simplicity, optimism, and happiness, so when you're drawing them, aim for clean, fresh lines without too much fuss.

While some flowers are very uniform, daisies like these ones all vary slightly. Take a good look at some different photos of the flower you are drawing to see how different specimens vary. Now you've drawn a flower from a photograph, why not try sketching some from life? It's a little bit tricker, but the result is a natural looking sketch with much more of your own personality.

You can click on this pic to get the larger sized version for easy copying or printing.for personal use only, please. Note that this tutorial is copyright of Helen South and, and is not to be reproduced on any website, blog, or saved to any sharing service such as Tumblr. Links to this lesson, however, are much appreciated! Thanks so much for respecting copyright.

You might also enjoy reading about the symbolism of flower in Feng Shui, the language of flowers when given in bouquets or learning about the meaning of Latin flower names.