Drawing a bouquet of flowers may seem intimidating at first, especially if you’re not confident in your drawing skills. However, with a step-by-step approach, anyone can create a beautiful bouquet. In this tutorial, we will break down the process of drawing a bouquet of flowers into manageable steps, allowing you to tackle it one piece at a time.
Reference Photo and Materials
To begin, let’s gather the necessary materials. All you’ll need is a 2B pencil, a sheet of drawing paper, and a standard eraser. If you prefer, you can also use a standard pencil. We will be using a reference photograph of a bride holding her wedding bouquet as our guide.
Draw Guidelines for the Main Flowers
Start by sketching eight circular shapes to represent the main flowers, which appear to be roses. Keep in mind that these circles do not need to be perfect. Use the reference photo to shape each circle to resemble the outline of a rose. Overlap the shapes as needed.
Draw the Bottom Flowers of the Bouquet
Now, let’s focus on the petals of the first flower in the bottom row. Study the reference photo and draw the shape of each petal as you see it. Continue adding the inner petals of the flower, making sure to account for the overlapping layers. Then, draw the outer petal below the first one and add some detail lines to certain petals. Shade the first flower using midtones, leaving some areas lighter and darkening the shadows.
Next, start sketching the outer petals of the second flower, varying the edges between sharp and curved. Work your way towards the center of the rose, drawing an inner ring of petals next to the outer ring. Complete the center of the rose by finishing the innermost ring of petals. For this rose, use lighter tones, leaving it mostly white with only a few shadows.
Draw the outline of the third rose, this time incorporating both the outer and inner petals in a single step. Shade the third rose, creating dark shadows on the inside and outer edge. Look for gradations from dark to light on some of the side petals.
Begin to Draw the Top Flowers of the Bouquet
Moving on to the top row of flowers, draw the outline of the first flower. Start with the outer petal, then draw the inner petals that extend outwards. Add shading to this flower, then proceed to draw the outline of the second flower. Notice how the petals curve outward and coil around the center. Shade the second flower, paying attention to the tones where outer and inner petals meet.
Draw the third flower on the top row, similar in appearance to the previous ones. Include a leaf on top of the rose, overlapping the front with a triangular point. Shade this rose, making the center slightly darker to create depth.
Finish Drawing the Bouquet’s Top Flowers
Outline the next flower, which is partially hidden behind the two middle flowers of the top row. Shade the bottom portion of this flower using dark tones. Soften your grip and add lighter tones to the center petals.
Begin to “Fill” the Bouquet
Now, we will start “filling” in the gaps between the larger flowers and fluff up the outer edges. Look closely at the reference photo and adjust the shading of the first rose in the bottom row to match the others. Within the center of the bouquet, draw smaller filler flowers in a lilac or lavender color. Draw them with three or four visible petals, resembling clovers. Add shading inside each flower.
Draw the outline of more filler flowers on the left and bottom of the bouquet, incorporating dots in the centers and stems that retreat towards the bouquet. Apply light shading to each individual filler flower.
Draw the Leaves of the Bouquet
Remember the two large leaves near the top? Now is the time to shade them, leaving some thin highlights to represent the major veins. At the very top of the bouquet, draw two more large leaves that droop over. Shade each leaf, making the underside slightly darker and leaving highlights along the edges and veins.
Next, draw the outline of two big leaves in the bottom corner. Begin by lightly sketching the basic shape, then refine the jagged blades around the border and add veins in the center. Shade each leaf using pressure to create a dark shade of green. Soften your grip to mark lighter tones inside the veins, erasing the initial sketch.
Draw the White Flowers Along the Outer Edges
Sketch the outline of the large white flowers billowing on the outer edges of the bouquet. These flowers require minimal shading. Focus on adding light tones near the bottom, while leaving the upper rims white.
Begin to Draw the Outer Long Fillers
The remaining part of the bouquet consists of outer long filler greenery, possibly Leyland Cedar. Use the side of your pencil lead to sketch branch-like shapes, gradually thinning towards the top as you work your way from the bottom. Add darker shading along some portions of the plant with the pencil tip. Continue building or “filling” the greenery by creating more branches and extensions, allowing yourself some creative freedom while referring to the reference photo.
Repeat this process for the fillers at the bottom corner of the bouquet.
Finish Drawing the Outer Long Fillers
Shade the area under the roses to create a shadow effect on the filler plants. Continuing with the same technique, draw the long filler plants from the root area to the outer tips. Add shading along each plant to give them form and depth. Vary the length and curve of the plants for a more natural appearance. Take a step back and assess your drawing, making any necessary adjustments to achieve a balanced composition.
Finish Up by Drawing the Bride’s Hand
As an optional step, we can draw the hand of the bride holding the bouquet. Sketch the basic shape of the fingers, hand, and wrist. Darken the outline of the hand and arm, adding details to give the fingers form. Shade along the bottom of the arm and back of the hand, focusing on the knuckles and inside of the fingers as they hold the bouquet.
Congratulations! You have successfully created a stunning bouquet drawing. Remember, you don’t need extensive knowledge about flowers to draw them. With keen observation and steady hands, you can transform individual shapes and shades into a beautiful bouquet of your very own.
For a quick visual recap of the tutorial, refer to the image provided showing a step-by-step summary progression of the bouquet drawing. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by drawing the rest of the bride and even the groom if you wish.
All You Need for Your Bouquet Drawing
Drawing a bouquet doesn’t require extensive knowledge or nervousness. All you need is an observant eye and a steady hand to accurately depict the shapes and shades you see. Through this step-by-step guide, you’ll soon create a stunning bouquet drawing that captures the beauty of flowers.