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Botanical Illustration - Chrysanthemum

teacher avatar Shaui Lee Bobis, Floral Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Choosing Reference Photos

    • 4. Drawing Petals

    • 5. Shading Petals

    • 6. Pencil Sketch 1

    • 7. Pencil Sketch 2

    • 8. Tracing

    • 9. Shading

    • 10. Finalizing your Drawing

    • 11. Class Project & Final Thoughts

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About This Class


In this class we are going to learn how to draw chrysanthemum. 

Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular fall garden flower so it is very timely to draw this beautiful flower. 

We are going to study different petal forms and how to do the shading.

I will be providing you an outlined chrysanthemum illustration where you can practice your shading and a worksheet for you to try different forms of petals. All of these can be found in the Projects and Resources tab.

I'm so glad you are here! See you in class!




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Shaui Lee Bobis

Floral Illustrator


Hi! My name is Shaui Lee Bobis, I'm a self taught  floral illustrator.

I am based in Dubai with my husband and three kids.

I am a coffee lover, hoarder of art supplies, memory keeper, plant lover and eager photographer.

I am dreaming of one day to live near the beach with our little garden and farm animals.

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone Hsiao here and in this class who are going to learn how to draw a chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum homes are one of the most popular full guardian flowers, so it's very tiny to draw this beautiful flower. First, we are going to study different shapes and petal forms in how to shade them. We're going to make a rough sketch first and trace it so we have a nice clean base. Of course, to finish our illustration, we are going to add our shading. I hope you will enjoy this class and add chrysanthemum to one of your favorite flowers to draw. 2. Materials: Have ruined. So before we start learning how to draw that chrysanthemum, I'll just run you through the materials that we are going to need. So of course we're going to use a pencil and eraser. We're also going to need some papers, ordinary P verses, fine, because this is where we are going to put our rough sketch. Any lined paper or scratch paper that you have. It's fine because this is only for rough sketch. And then for my final drawing, I'm going to use this Morrow mine sketchbook. It is 90 pounds and it is suitable for water color for Ben and colored pencils. We're also going to need a light box so that we can trace our rough sketched or final paper. This way is a very cheap lightbox, Ashley, and they had it for years. This is actually very cheap. As you can see the size. It has already warped because of the, he said, I don't really recommend this one. But you can use any material that would emit light, like your window during daytime so that you can trace your drawings. We're also going to need fine liners to of course, outline our, our drawing. So I'm going to use is four the outlines and 0.2 for the shading. Or you can also use a combination of 0.5.1. If you feel that 0.8.2 are too thick. 3. Choosing Reference Photos: Having a reference photo would help you draw a more realistic and proportion flour. And since buying Uriel flower is expensive, I always use Pinterest when I knew for photos of flowers. There are also other sites that you can use like Flickr, dribble, juxtapose, we hoarded and so many more. But for this class I'm going to use Pinterest because it's the one that I'm most comfortable with. When looking for reference photos and tried to save photos of the flour in different angles. You have a better understanding of different petal forums in the shapes. Also look for some elements that are interesting to you. So it can be like a pedal that is currently being, or maybe you like the overall composition of the flower. Also look for flowers of different levels of complexity. Save some flowers that are easy to draw in something that you can finish right away. And save also some flowers that are more complicated. So that when you get better, you can just go back to all of your reference photos and then you can draw them again. To search photos of chrysanthemum will just go to our Pinterest page and we will type in chrysanthemum into search bar. So we'll just type in here chrysanthemum. And after that, we will get all the chrysanthemum flowers. And we can just pick something that we really like. So I'll just scroll down and see something that maybe that B, that will be very interesting. So I, I like this black and white photo that the petals are very nicely, no overlapping each other. And there are lots of interesting elements on this one. So for us to save this one, we will just go to this arrow here. Endeavor, which is choose the board we're going to save. So I'll be using flower references because this is where I save all of my photos for the flowers in. I'll just choose to section chrysanthemum. So once I click this one, it automatically saves there. So you can just go back again and you can look for more photos. But I will now go to our board, to our reference flower Reference Board. And I'll go to the section chrysanthemum to choose flowers that were going to use as reference photos for our drawing. So I will just choose something that is, that looks on very full bloom flower. This one looks nice. Spread to petals are kind of crazy. And I think I'll just look something more simpler. So just go for something else. I'd like this flower because the overall shape, the composition in the flood and all the petals around it are very interesting, especially this one. So I want to add this in so our, into our drawing. So I'll just download this flower. So I will just click this three dots over here. And I'll just click download. So I'll just download this on my desktop so that I can come back to it every time I need a reference. Now that we have saved our reference photos, we are now going to start learning how to draw different petal forums. See you in the next class. 4. Drawing Petals: Hey everyone, before we start drawing our chrysanthemum flower, we're going to draw first different angles and different curves of petals. So that once we go to our flower, we are more familiar in drawing different angles of our petals. So we're going to draw like side view, front view, and a back view. So first we're going to draw this part, which is the lower left side of our Battle of our flower. I mean, and I will just draw like an imaginary center of our flower. So imagine that this is the center of our flower. Makes sure that you're petal is always connected to the centre. So I'm going to draw now eat curves. So this is the bottom part of our battle. And then I'll make a concave at the top. So this is the top part of my battle. And then I'll just go down. And I will make sure, make sure that this line is don't connect because you want to give a thickness to your ETL. And then just imitate first curve that you have drawn. And now we're going to draw the width of the petal. So we're just going to offset a bit our second line. Then after that, we can add some details like maybe like alto bomb or some imperfections in our petals. But this one, I will just make it simple. Now we are going to draw the middle part of our flower. So I'm, again, I'm going to draw the center, like an imaginary center of my flour. And I'm going to draw the curve far, the bottom part of my battle. So it's like a very key, very indeed curve. For this cycle contains, again, and don't forget to put a little bit of space so you can see the thickness of your battle. So for this Bethel, you can see mostly the backside. Now we're going to draw the lower right part. So. And this is like just a mirror of the first method that we have drawn. So again, this is the central part and I'm going to draw a curve. So this is the bottom part of it. Better. Once they go up, make a current gave, going down. Making sure that I don't connect these two lines so I can show the thickness of the battle. So I'll just connect these two lines. And then powers show the width of my backup just in case so you can see the contour of the ghetto. So this are the three petals at the bottom. Now we're going to draw a debuggers on the top. So now I'm going to draw this upper left side of the flower. So this one would be like my, my imaginary like Central Park ending our chore like a letter C. So this would be the curve of my battle. And then once I do that curve, how go down. I will draw a convex, making sure that this line would not would not touch the outer line, the outer curve line. So I can give a thickness to the battle. And then I will draw the, the width of my battle. So now we're going to draw this area over here where the petal is curving towards the inside. So this way with B, I will just draw the tip of my battle, which is conflicts in the draw the back side of my petals. So this one will be a little bit better. Again, I would not, connecting these two lines here are making sure that they have a space. So we can see the thickness again of the petal. Actually, in some cases you don't see the thickness, but because you want to give it like a good shadow. So I guess why we're putting these thicknesses. Now, we're going to draw the upper right. So this is like an inverted c. So it's just like a mirror of the other better that be true. Not just in this one. So you can see better the alpine. And this hurt all of the federal forests had this essential for ice to redraw our chrysanthemum. 5. Shading Petals: Now we have the outline of our petals are going to shade them. You can always use a pencil first if you're not comfortable inking it right away. But for me since I have drawn this many times, I'm going to use, go ahead in this one right away. We're enjoying your shadow. Make sure that you go along the curve of your petal. Make sure also that you turn your paper along with me in a position that you are comfortable with. So here I made a little mistake because I have a camera in a have to do to position my paper. I will not cover. We're enjoying, so that's a little bit. That's fine. So here I have already put my first set of shadows. Now, if I want to make it a little bit darker, i'm going to have, I'm going to draw a perpendicular line. So here I want to show it like it is curving. So my perpendicular line should also look like it is curving. So for me to make it a little bit darker. Because like the series of perpendicularly making sure that I don't go beyond the thickness of my petals. So as you can see, you can now thickness of the petal is now highlighted because we have this shading or making it darker. You can add some dashes and some thoughts in may cure lines nine, Not the same sizes so that it would look more natural and more organic. Kay, so that's my second second shading. So now if I still want to make it darker, I would have to add diagonal lines on each of those boxes. So I'm going to do another shading on this part. Again. Draw your shading along the curve here petal. Try to space your shading equally as much as you can so that once you put your shadows, your second year of shadows, it would look more uniform. So for me to have an imitation, like, like an illusion that is this curvy, I need to make my perpendicular lines curving. Also. Again, make sure that you don't go beyond the thickness of your petals. K. So if I want to make this one darker, I would need to some diagonal lines. So we will just do the same exercise in all of our petals, making sure our 9's are always along the curve of our petals. If you want to add more. If you want to make your shadows darker and more diagonalized here photos. Make sure also too. Try to make your lines equally spaced as possible so that your shadow with a more uniform. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it sometimes. Or voice of the time, you know, you have a lot of those in a little mistake will not get noticed is just too who get noticed. This mistake. So don't stress about it. I iv, I mean, a lot of mistakes was ready and it's not worth the stress. You will, nobody will actually see it. Okay, so I think this the last battle that we need to shave. And that's it. This is how different Bethel forums and now we can apply it in our drawing. I'll see you in next class. 6. Pencil Sketch 1: Now we're going to draw our chrysanthemum. And the first thing that we need to do is to draw the overall shape of our flower. So this one would look like it's an ellipse. So the main Bob looks like an ellipse. In the end, we're going to locate the center part of our flower. So first we're going to just divide it into two. And we're going to make a point here. So this is like the top part of our petals. So all of our petals would be curving towards this point. And then we're going to make also a point at the bottom. So this is where all the petals are connected. Ok, so I'll just pause here our reference photos. So if we get laws, at least we have a reference on how the Beatles would look like. Now we're just going to divide our ellipse. So just imagine you are drawing a appealed orange. So this one, the divisions that we're making are the battles. And we'll make sure that all of our lines is going towards the, the center point at the top. So it doesn't have to be perfect. So this is just a rough sketch. We can still change this one. And now I will just darken our pencil lines so that we can clearly see our drawing. We're not going to detail so much the bottom part of the petals because you're going to add more layers of petals. So this will just be covered. So now I will just add more petals. And make sure also that you don't make the pedals to uniform can make some of them longer or shorter. Because in reality, you know, flowers are very organic in shape. It's not always the same size. Some are bigger and some are smaller. And we want to make our flower to be more realistic. Just dark in this more so that we understand how it looks like. So now we're going to draw the bottom part or a second layer of petals. Now if you would look in our reference photo, there's an interesting overlapping of petals entasis what we want to put in our composition. This gain Ad character to our flour. And also it would make our flour more realistic because as I said, for flowers are very organic in shape. So I will just draw this how I see it. If we don't have to make it. Legally the same as our reference photo. So our just date the essence that those four or five petals are overlapping with each other. It doesn't have to be perfect. It can. This is just the pencil sketch, so it is okay to have a lot of mistakes. We can just erase them all the time. Now. We're just going to add the other Petals on, on the left side. So we'll probably add two to three years of pathos. And from there we will check if we're okay or we wanted to make it fuller. When we're trying a longer petal, makes sure that it is connected at the bottom part for flour. Because usually run it this longer, we tend to like get flaws is sometimes to federal would looks a bit off because it's not, it doesn't look like it is connected somewhere. Okay, so a theme, our first three years are good. Now we're going to add more layers on our part to our forest sketching. I'll see you in next class. 7. Pencil Sketch 2: Now that we have done our first, second, third layer, we're adding more layers off petal is here that our chrysanthemum would become fuller. So it's just the same concept again. I will draw curve for my petals and making sure that it is connected at 1 at the bottom of the flower. So my petals would look like it's not floating or it's not flying somewhere. On this layers actually, you can go home C-Corps or playful. You can always make your your bed thought does not go in the same direction all the time. Eat can like curve going towards the left or it can curve going stories derived. So this would add more, more playfulness to our composition. If you want to look for some inspiration on how the petals would curl, you can always look back on our references for DOE that be checked on Pinterest. So it just like this one. Or you can also look at this photo because on the battle is at the bottom, look very nice. Or you can go as crazy as this wine is scikit, this curly everywhere. Okay, so now we're going to add more petals on the right side. When truly a petal. Try to avoid those kissing lines, you know, goes. Two lines that overlap directly to each other because it seems like it's kind of like a mistake. So if you're having those two lines that is on top of each other, try to exaggerate or tried to overlap it more. So just like this one that I had. So it looks like at first it was the two lines are directly above each other's. I have to stretch one of them. At the top part of my flour. I'm going to copy the one on our reference photo. So it looks like more Ghani, they're usually not all petals are very uniform. Sometimes there's just like one or a couple of pebbles that is slightly off the usual shape of our flower. So I think we're almost done here. Now we're just going to add more pathos at the centre. So if you're adding the peddlers at the bottom, it should be concave in pathos at the top, should, the line should be convex. In here at the center, I will just shade this one and so it would look like it is hollow. Okay, so now we're going to draw our stem. Again. Our stem should be connected at the center part, the bottom center part, or our flower. As I was looking at the four hour chrysanthemum, I feel like this one looks kind of off. It looks kind of empty. So I'm going to call it like a couple of petals on this one. So I'll just erase those signs behind this pencil. And I'll just add one more and disparate. Now we're just going to add some leaves at the bottom of our flowers. So social flag, it's holding our foray. Can. This would add some character to our far. So I'll make sure that the leaves is connected at bottom center part of my flour. I will not meet this very detailed or very intricate since there's so much going on already in the flower. So we'll just make this very simple. And that said, I think we are done and we're going to transfer this in our final paper. And I'll see you in the next class. 8. Tracing: Now we are ready to trace our pencil sketch. And I'm going to use my lightbox for tracing. If you don't have a light box, it's totally okay. You can use other materials that emit light. I have used using our window during daytime and I can totally see the business sketch that I have in. I just worked fine. I have seen some artists. I put a pencil shade at the back of the Bieber and then they would trace over there illustration again. But I think it would be a little bit difficult to do, but it worked. So my best recommendation is to just use your window. I think this one is the best one. So I'll just smooth out my paper and make sure everything is fine. And then I'll use my point a fine line or been to trace the outlines. And then I'll just speed this up. This is now the final outline of our chrysanthemum flower. In now, we are ready to put our shading. 9. Shading: Now that we are finished putting the outlines, we are ready to put our shading. So I'm going to use my 0.259 or ban in. I'm going to participating in all the inside part of the petals. The inside part is the one where it is a facing the center. So all of this one, we need to put some shading so that it would give volume m depth to our farmer. So I'm going to shade the central part first. So I'm going to just this off. And now we're going to start shading the insight bark. So remember, you have to put your shading along the curve of here petal. Also try to make your lives as equally spaced as possible so that when we put our second layer of shadow, then it would be more uniformed. We will do this kind of shading in all the inside part of the petals. And then we're going to put another layer of shadows just to enhance more the angles. I mean, all of the curves of the petals. And then we'll just double check if we have put all the shadows and maybe we have missed something. So those tiny details, we need to do this to me around 15 minutes to finish. I mean, just the first day or it took me 15 minutes and another 15 minutes on putting the second layer. So if you feel like you, you feel like you're slow inputting all the shadows. Do not compare your, your progress with others because I've read somewhere this phrase and I think it applies to everyone. Never measure your progress using someone else's ruler. Because all of us are different and you know, when you compare yourself or your work with others, it kills the creativity. So just concentrate on your progress. And I'm sure with hard work and practice, you'll be able to get to that level that you want. Now I will just speed this up and we're going to put the second layer of our shadows. After putting our first layer of petals, we'll take a break from doing that. We're going to put some details first at the backside for petal. If you're going to look at our reference photo, you can see the theorists sum, bombs going on at the back. So these are the details that you want to put in our drawing. So I'll just go ahead and put all this lines in our speed this up again. After putting all the details have to backside of our PEDOT PSS, we are now going to create the second layer of shadows. So remember that we are going to put perpendicular lines and for us to have or to achieve that like curve, curved shadow, or we are showing that illusion that our pedal is curved. Our perpendicular should also be curving. When putting your shadows. Tried to be patient when drawing them. I know that sometimes you want to get it finished, you want it to be done right away. But take it from me, take it from my experience. I have done drawings very recklessly. I just wanted to be finished in, in the end. I regretted it because all the cricket, all the lines are crooked. Eat not evenly spaced and dislike I've wasted my drawing because the outlines are good but the shadows or not. So if you need to take a risk, take some rest, rest your eyes, do some hand exercises, you know, stretcher neck or like, do some shoulder exercises. And then you go back to your drawing and you'll feel refreshed and more determined in finishing your drawing. So we're almost finished putting our second layer of shadows. But before we see that it is completely finished, we still have to do one last step, and we will do that in our next class. 10. Finalizing your Drawing: We are almost finished class. I'm so glad you're still here with me. The last thing we need to do is to enhance our inquiry. I'd like to dark in some of the corners so far flowers. So this way the petals will stand out more. Also, try looking at your drawing from afar so you can check which areas need more shadows. And lastly, try scanning through the petals. Because most of the time, because there are so many layers of petals, there are some areas that we would forget to shave. And this happened to me most of the time. 11. Class Project & Final Thoughts: For your class project, I wanted to draw a full-blown chrysanthemum and she'd them. You can share your drawing under the discussion stab, or you can go to Projects in resources and click Create project. All of the drawing exercises like the shading and drawing different petal forms. Or under the Resources tab. I will check every project uploaded in if you request for it, I can give you of impact. If you have any questions for me. Don't hesitate to ask and I'll be very happy to answer them. Also, I will be very grateful if you can leave me a review. This will help me improve my classes. Congratulations everyone, you have finished his class. I'm so proud of you. I hope that you are now braid to draw this beautiful flower and not get intimidated by all the many layers of feathers you see. Again, I want you to know that learning a skill would require time and effort. Like any other skill. Always bear in mind that progress is better than perfection. If your first try, it didn't meet your expectations. Give yourself credit for trying and take a deep breath or have a coffee break. And then you go back to your Sketchpad and draw again. The only way to get better is to practice. Thank you for taking this class. He had been a wonderful student. Don't forget to practice. And I will see you around. Bye.