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How to Draw a Sunflower (in 10 Easy Steps)

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Shawnte is an elementary school science educator and illustrator who studies various life cycles of animals.

Learn how to draw a beautiful sunflower in just 10 simple steps.

Learn how to draw a beautiful sunflower in just 10 simple steps.

Step-by-Step Sunflower-Drawing Tutorial

Sunflowers are beautiful in so many ways. Just looking at one makes me feel all warm and good inside. 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. 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. Start Adding 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. Complete the First Layer of Petals

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.

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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!

Happy Drawing!

How did you do? Yes, it can be a little difficult to draw a sunflower at times, but this tutorial should work as an excellent guide if you are a beginner. Feel free to share your thoughts and results if you'd like!

© 2012 Shawnte


Susan on August 11, 2020:

i can't believe I actually drew a Sunflower!! And I actually see a Sunflower, THANK-YOU!!!!! I JUST MIGHT HAVE A HIDDEN ARTIST INSIDE!!!

ABRAR on July 12, 2020:

nice step i could not draw it but when i follow you then i have been the master of drawing that

Amy Goodman on July 01, 2020:

Thanks for the tut.. Uses it to maje a sign fir my daughter

destiny on June 23, 2020:

I love how u draws

Harper on June 13, 2020:

I can not really draw that good but, this tutorial is amazing!

Ife on June 10, 2020:

It was so good that I even started using the method for competitions

Abesh jele on May 09, 2020:

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Eva on May 09, 2020:

Wow , this actually worked really well! I am making this for Mother’s Day and it looks amazing.

Sallie Jones on May 06, 2020:

I made the sunflower and I enjoyed myself Thanks for the help.


Drawer on May 06, 2020:

This is really good, it came out just like that. im so greatful thanks

Alejandra on May 06, 2020:


hugh brown on May 06, 2020:

mine looks alright

Kyan on May 05, 2020:

Mine looks like yours

Eva on May 03, 2020:

my sunflower is kind of good but you're sunflower is better :I

GillTribe on May 03, 2020:

Cool my 9yr olf6 on the spectrum love art and loves to rdr. Yhknyou.

Talia on April 30, 2020:

This was so FUN give me more art work

Aiden Vlek on April 30, 2020:

WOOOW its kinda hard but the hard work payed off

Random person on April 30, 2020:

Mine came out great

Caitlin O'Sullivan on April 29, 2020:

Love it but so hard at least i did my beast. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

brett gramer on April 27, 2020:

lol it was supes fun! hope it was fun to you too!

Miranda on April 26, 2020:

I did mine and I had to start again twice

Austin on April 24, 2020:

It was ok but the petals were a struggle

honk honk on April 22, 2020:

I used it to paint a sunflower and it turned out okay my seed reign is a bit large I could have had bigger petals but I think I turned out pretty well.

vroom vroom on April 18, 2020:

Turned out kinda well, struggled on the detail of the seed though

ariana on April 08, 2020:

i love the design

Matthew Denatale on April 07, 2020:

I loved it it came out pretty

Anonymous drawer on April 06, 2020:

I kinda gave up after FOUR of the first row of petals

sale on April 06, 2020:

i did mine on the wal it looks like a 3 year old . did it lol

Brooke on March 29, 2020:

Mind looks horrible

Neesie on March 21, 2020:

Mine turned out horrible but, yours was good...

Ojas Mohite on March 21, 2020:

I liked the way you draw. It is not hard to draw the flower. I made 1and then made another one on my own

Person on March 12, 2020:

Really good a bit hard but a nice end drawing. ❀︎

Michelle Seifert on March 04, 2020:

Mine came out pretty

Millie on March 02, 2020:

Kind looks pretty

emily on March 02, 2020:

burst whatever ur name is ur not helping because and wait probably if it did not help than u dont know how to draw and all these people say it came out good PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Silent Gomez fann15557890 on February 05, 2020:

Ummm I guess

Cheyenne on January 11, 2020:


Burst on January 07, 2020:

Didn’t help at all

iruis on January 04, 2020:

it came out beautiful

Star on January 01, 2020:


Sierra on December 26, 2019:

this is the most beautiful thing I have ever drawn.

Emma on December 23, 2019:

looks amazing when i was finished!

tere on December 07, 2019:

first thing i have done that actually came out good

adf on December 02, 2019:

like it

wallacebrown on November 25, 2019:

I tried but it gave me more strenght

Lane on November 19, 2019:

Worked great for art class!!

ashy on November 14, 2019:

it was a little bit hard but so worth it it looks great when drawn

Terra on November 04, 2019:

i think is amazing for digital drawing but its kinda hard to do it on paper cuz of the coloring and shading and stuff. Could you maybe make one like this but on paper? I am doing this in school and we aren't allowed to digital draw. lol?

goodgirl on October 28, 2019:

That is cool flower and I finished it all ready.

taco cat on October 24, 2019:

its very good but can you please do a little bit more

shabana on October 22, 2019:

very good tnx

Anu on October 15, 2019:

Superb!! Cool !! I'm bad in drawing and this art i finished only in 15mins.I'm surprised

Kaylees on October 11, 2019:

I love this idea for a cover for art

mj on October 08, 2019:

I need to make a sunflower then I look for one, then I see this....omg I love it!!!!!!!!

nevaeh on October 08, 2019:

u need to never give up

Willow on September 30, 2019:

This helped me really well to increase my ability to draw.

hi, i suck on September 10, 2019:

this helped me with a symmetry artwork!

thx so much website

Pearl on September 07, 2019:

Thank you so much this helped me so much on my project THANK YOU !!!!!!

Zoey on August 23, 2019:

This app helped me with a project i had to do in social studies and it turned out well!!!

Jake on August 14, 2019:

Used this to make an art project for my gf. THANK YOUU

Katie on August 14, 2019:

OMG this was so helpful for my project.

makenzi on July 02, 2019:

I panted it on my phone

Ayo on June 28, 2019:

I drew it and it looks awesome cool drawing

po on June 17, 2019:


Millie on May 23, 2019:

Very good

. on May 10, 2019:


Rose on May 07, 2019:

I give up on drawing those petals!!

Kenyans on May 07, 2019:

I made one it is so hard by step by step

Jezabelle Garcia on May 01, 2019:

That’s cool

rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr on April 29, 2019:

me to

juhjmhjk on April 15, 2019:

i think that is very good steps for us

bella05876575 on April 11, 2019:

you can draw

vjnflibteubn on March 26, 2019:

I like

isabella on March 21, 2019:

i did great

Abi on March 17, 2019:


Kyndall on March 14, 2019:

Lovely tutorial

Aryanna on February 22, 2019:

I made one of those

seema on February 20, 2019:

so sweet

Amaris and Jaelyn on February 12, 2019:

We both like to draw this it help us. Lot look At it and draw it. We Love it

me on January 29, 2019:

It'll be great to colour it

Hemerson on November 24, 2018:

Thank you :) Lovely tutorial

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 24, 2015:

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

NatalyF on May 13, 2014:

Thanks it really helped me !!!!

Shawnte (author) on October 29, 2012:

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

TNSabrina on October 27, 2012:

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