How to Draw a Sunflower

Updated on March 19, 2019

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!

Final Thoughts

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!

*All art in this hub is original and drawn by myself, by hand.

© 2012 Shawnte

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      ABRAR 

      3 days ago

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

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      Amy Goodman 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      destiny 

      3 weeks ago

      I love how u draws

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      Harper 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Ife 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Abesh jele 

      2 months ago

      nice post,

      You will find more easy flower drawing from here-( www.imageforshare.onlinel )

      easy drawings for kids

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      Eva 

      2 months ago

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

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      Sallie Jones 

      2 months ago

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

      Sallie

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      Drawer 

      2 months ago

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

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      Alejandra 

      2 months ago

      Tanks

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      hugh brown 

      2 months ago

      mine looks alright

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      Kyan 

      2 months ago

      Mine looks like yours

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      Eva 

      2 months ago

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

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      GillTribe 

      2 months ago

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

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      Talia 

      2 months ago

      This was so FUN give me more art work

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      Aiden Vlek 

      2 months ago

      WOOOW its kinda hard but the hard work payed off

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      Random person 

      2 months ago

      Mine came out great

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      Caitlin O'Sullivan 

      2 months ago

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

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      brett gramer 

      2 months ago

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

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      Miranda 

      2 months ago

      I did mine and I had to start again twice

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      Austin 

      2 months ago

      It was ok but the petals were a struggle

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      honk honk 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      vroom vroom 

      2 months ago

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

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      ariana 

      3 months ago

      i love the design

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      Matthew Denatale 

      3 months ago

      I loved it it came out pretty

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      Anonymous drawer 

      3 months ago

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

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      sale 

      3 months ago

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

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      Brooke 

      3 months ago

      Mind looks horrible

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      Neesie 

      3 months ago

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

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      Ojas Mohite 

      3 months ago

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

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      Person 

      4 months ago

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

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      Michelle Seifert 

      4 months ago

      Mine came out pretty

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      Millie 

      4 months ago

      Kind looks pretty

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      emily 

      4 months ago

      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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Silent Gomez fann15557890 

      5 months ago

      Ummm I guess

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      Cheyenne 

      6 months ago

      WOW MINE TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL!

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      Burst 

      6 months ago

      Didn’t help at all

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      iruis 

      6 months ago

      it came out beautiful

    • profile image

      Star 

      6 months ago

      Lovely

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      Sierra 

      6 months ago

      this is the most beautiful thing I have ever drawn.

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      Emma 

      6 months ago

      looks amazing when i was finished!

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      tere 

      7 months ago

      first thing i have done that actually came out good

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      adf 

      7 months ago

      like it

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      wallacebrown 

      7 months ago

      I tried but it gave me more strenght

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      Lane 

      7 months ago

      Worked great for art class!!

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      ashy 

      8 months ago

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

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      Terra 

      8 months ago

      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?

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      goodgirl 

      8 months ago

      That is cool flower and I finished it all ready.

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      taco cat 

      8 months ago

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

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      shabana 

      8 months ago

      very good tnx

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      Anu 

      9 months ago

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

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      Kaylees 

      9 months ago

      I love this idea for a cover for art

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      mj 

      9 months ago

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

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      nevaeh 

      9 months ago

      u need to never give up

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      Willow 

      9 months ago

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

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      hi, i suck 

      10 months ago

      this helped me with a symmetry artwork!

      thx so much website

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      Pearl 

      10 months ago

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

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      Zoey 

      10 months ago

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

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      Jake 

      11 months ago

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

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      Katie 

      11 months ago

      OMG this was so helpful for my project.

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      makenzi 

      12 months ago

      I panted it on my phone

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      Ayo 

      12 months ago

      I drew it and it looks awesome cool drawing

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      po 

      13 months ago

      thanks

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      Millie 

      13 months ago

      Very good

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      14 months ago

      thanks

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      Rose 

      14 months ago

      I give up on drawing those petals!!

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      Kenyans 

      14 months ago

      I made one it is so hard by step by step

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      Jezabelle Garcia 

      14 months ago

      That’s cool

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      rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 

      14 months ago

      me to

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      juhjmhjk 

      15 months ago

      i think that is very good steps for us

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      bella05876575 

      15 months ago

      you can draw

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      vjnflibteubn 

      15 months ago

      I like

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      isabella 

      16 months ago

      i did great

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      Abi 

      16 months ago

      Amazing

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      Kyndall 

      16 months ago

      Lovely tutorial

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      Aryanna 

      16 months ago

      I made one of those

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      seema 

      17 months ago

      so sweet

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      Amaris and Jaelyn 

      17 months ago

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

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      me 

      17 months ago

      It'll be great to colour it

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      Hemerson 

      19 months ago

      Thank you :) Lovely tutorial

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 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 

      6 years ago

      Thanks it really helped me !!!!

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      Shawnte 

      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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