How to Draw a Sunflower

Updated on January 26, 2018

How to Draw a Beautiful Sunflower

Sunflowers are beautiful in so many ways. Just looking at one makes me feel all warm and good inside. I know that the winter season is approaching and all, but there's never a wrong time for sunflowers!

Today, I will guide you through the process of drawing your very own sunflower using pencil and paper. There are a lot of steps involved, so be sure to follow each one properly. It may be a little more difficult than some of the other tutorials I have, but the instructions and example images should help you follow along.

1. Draw the Center

Start off by drawing the round bunch that represents the sunflower seeds. It's the round, brownish object in the center where the petals should sit. Start off by drawing a circle.

2. Add Details to the Center

Give the center a more realistic look. The seeds on a sunflower have a kind of furry appearance to them, so add a few lines to add texture.

3. Add Depth

Give the seed more depth by drawing darker and thicker lines in the center of the seeds. The center is usually a lot darker than the outside areas.

4. Add the Petals

Now it's time to move on to the best part of all: petals! This is probably going to be the longest and most difficult step, at least it was for me when I first started!

5. Draw the First Layer

Be sure to draw the first layer of petals all around the seed bunched area in a counterclockwise direction.

6. Draw the Next Petal Layer

After we finish drawing the first set of petals, it's time to move on to drawing the back set. If you look closely at a sunflower, you can see that there is usually a back set of petals as well. This just makes the flower bigger, prettier, and stand out more.

7. Draw the Stem

Draw the stem starting from the lowest petal downward. Very easy, right?

8. Sketch in Leaves

Include some leaves scattered in different parts of the stem. I don't really like the appearance of symmetrical leaves because it's boring and unnatural! Be creative! The leaves don't have to be close together or matching.

9. Add More Details

These last two steps focus on including more detail on the leaves. As you can see, I have given each of the leaves their very own midrib.

10. Add Leaf Veins

Last but not least, add some veins to the leaves. This gives your leaves an added touch of realism. After that, you are officially done! I highly recommend that you color your sunflower to make it pop out more. I hope you liked this tutorial!


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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love sunflowers! My favorite flower! I have artificial ones at home and try to buy them, when they're in season. So cool!

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      NatalyF 3 years ago

      Thanks it really helped me !!!!

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      Shawnte 5 years ago

      I'm glad you like it! I color the drawings in photoshop and/or in colored pencil sometimes :).

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      TNSabrina 5 years ago

      I love sunflowers! Great tutorial! I think your shading and coloring is great as well. Do you have a technique for that?