Do you aspire to sketch a stunning tulip? Today, I’ll demonstrate a simple step-by-step process for drawing a tulip flower. All you’ll need is a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, and an eraser.
Tulips come in various forms, but we’ll focus on a single early tulip for this tutorial. By slightly modifying the base shape and the leaf form, you can easily create different tulip variations using this guide.
Step 1: Begin with a “U” Shape
To make it easier to sketch the flower petals, let’s start by establishing some guidelines. Single early tulips are typically bell-shaped or cup-shaped. Begin by drawing a “U” shape, which doesn’t have to be perfect.
Next, draw an oval above the “U” shape to create a cup-like form. Keep your lines light as we will be erasing some of them later.
Step 2: Sketch the Front Petals
Single early tulips typically have six petals, which are pointed at the tip. Start by drawing a curved line from the middle of the “U” shape to the upper line of the oval. Then, let the line slope downwards and connect it to the right corner of the oval to form a pointed petal.
Next, draw another curved line from the middle of the “U” shape to the upper line of the oval. Again, let the line slope downwards, but this time connect it to the left corner of the oval. Ensure there is a small gap between these two petals.
There will be one more petal situated between the two front petals. Add a middle petal by drawing a wavy line from the left-side petal to the right. Make sure the upper part of the petal slightly touches the oval.
Step 3: Include the Back Petals
Let’s incorporate the petals at the back of the tulip to complete its shape. Draw a curved line at the back of the three existing petals, from the left-side petal to the middle petal. Then, add another small curve beside it. You can make the tips of these petals slightly wavy for a more natural appearance. Finally, erase the oval that was drawn earlier.
Step 4: Draw the Stem
Now, it’s time to sketch the stem. Begin by drawing a vertical line that connects to the bottom of the flower. To create a more realistic effect, make the line slightly curved. Add another vertical line symmetrically to complete the stem.
Step 5: Depict the Leaves
Tulips typically have two or three long oval-shaped or lance-shaped leaves clustered at the base of their stems. Start by drawing a curved line from the bottom of the stem towards the left side of the flower. Then, draw another curved line symmetrical to the first one and join them to create a leaf. Repeat the process to add another long leaf on the right side of the flower. Finally, draw an additional line on the right side of the second leaf to give the impression of clustered leaves. Remember that the leaves should be thinner towards the upper part and thicker towards the bottom.
Step 6: Add Detail to the Flower and Leaves
To make the petals and leaves look more natural, let’s add some detail. Draw some vein-like lines on each flower petal. Next, create small lines on the flower petals, following the form of the petal itself. Similarly, add small lines to the sides of the stem and leaves, following their respective shapes.
Step 7: Introduce Shadows
To enhance the realism of the flower, we’ll add shadows. Firstly, imagine the direction of the light source. Let’s assume the light is coming from the left side of the flower. With this in mind, add shadows to the right side of the flower, which is opposite the light source. Darken the insides, lower parts, and the right side of the flower petals and stem using small strokes that conform to their shapes.
By adding these final strokes, your tulip drawing is complete! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful in your quest to sketch a tulip. You can even use your drawing as a reference for painting techniques such as watercolor or acrylic.