How to Draw Flowers With Colored Pencils

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Colored pencils can be a great way to draw vibrant pictures of flowers. Find out how to draw flowers using colored pencils with help from an active art teacher in this free video on drawing lessons.

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Hi, I'm Aaron, a graduate of University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I've got my BFA in drawing and painting. And today, I'm going to show you how to draw flowers with colored pencils. You'll need a good pencil sharpener that's capable of handling colored pencils. Okay, so, we're going to take what's called the medium or average tone, and color of our entire drawing. Since the flowers that I'm going to be drawing are orange, I'll choose a light orange to start with, and I'll just start loosely sketching out some basic outlines of flowers. Sketching out some of the leaves, and then maybe another flower. Alright, now I'm actually going to start to bring out some of the tonal qualities, using the same orange. Now, at this beginning stage of any drawing, you should still be remembering to keep it really loose and flowing. I'm even going to go in and add a bit of that orange to the leaves, and that's not because the leaves are orange themselves. Rather, it's reflected color from the flowers that would create subtle orange undertones. This very light, yellowy green is also not the true color of the leaves themselves, but one of the nice things about colored pencils in a quality is they can make it so good for drawing from life, is its ability to be layered. Next, we're going to go back into the flowers with a bit of a magenta color to bring out some of the other color tones that are found within these flowers, the petals specifically. At this stage in the drawing, you're going to be a little bit more focused on controlling the directional movements of your lines. So, what I'm doing is adding a bit of yellow over top of my original orange, and then magenta lines, and that is to bring out the orange tones. Now, I'll be taking a much darker green, and going back into the leaves, giving them more of their actual color and form. Now, for areas of dark shading in the green for the leaves, I'm going to take this very dark purple, get in there. Any leaves that are partially or fully obscured by a shadow, you can take your opposite or close to opposite color on the color wheel, and just fill it in a little bit. That'll cause it to recede into space a little bit more, and let it be known that it's being covered by a shadow. Now, I'm going to take my initial green, the very yellowy green, and just go back in to bring out some of the color that was lost with all that shading. I'm also going to take this dark purple color and go back into the flowers themselves, bring out some of their more detailed shadows. I'm going to head back in with the original orange, and bring out the most rich oranges that I can see in the flower. This time, I'm using a lot of pressure on the pencil to really get that color out. What I'm doing here is using the yellow to bring out some more of the green, the vibrant green, within these leaves. I'm going to grab a blue pencil, which is a blue that has not been in this drawing at all yet, and I'm going to add it to this leaf right here. Adding one outsider color into a drawing can bring a new dimension of a form and space, a different feel. What can happen if you use the same set of pencils for the entire drawing is a uniform wash can just fill the entire picture plane. You really lose a lot of your presence that way. And, I'm going to grab an even darker blue. This is really just acknowledging some of the darkest shadows we have in the entire picture. If some of the colors need to be blended in a little further, a white pencil is great for doing that. Alright, and there you have it. This has been Aaron Wemer, showing you how to draw flowers with colored pencils.

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