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Drawing Vector Flowers - Illustrating Simple Florals in Adobe Draw on the iPad

teacher avatar Suzy Lizz, Designer and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Sketching flowers

    • 3. Color palette

    • 4. Shapes

    • 5. Detail

    • 6. Exporting

    • 7. Class project

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About This Class

In this class I show you how to create your own unique simple vector flower illustrations on your iPad. I use the adobe app Adobe Draw, the iPad, and apple pencil. I share with you my steps to create unique but simple and easy to create vector flower illustrations. I go through my creative process from start to finish. When you complete this class you will have a variety of unique and simple flower vector art! 


This is also a beginner level class, so no experience in drawing or illustration is necessary!


You can use these illustrations in other projects, such as, pattern design, product design, art print design, scrapbooking, and much more!


Thanks so much for watching my second Skillshare class!

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Suzy Lizz

Designer and Illustrator


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I'm Suzy Lizz. I'm a Illustrator and Designer based in Vancouver, Canada. I love illustrating things that are fun, colourful, whimsical, and cute. My favourite thing in life is creating and sharing, I love showing people exactly how I make my creations. If I can do it - so can you! Remember, everyone was once a beginner. Through practice and effort, anything is possible!

I'm so excited to bring you my first class "Drawing vector illustrations in Adobe Draw". I'm already so excited to start creating another class. If there is anything you'd like me to share in an upcoming class, please let me know!

Feel free to drop me and message with any questions or check out my Instagram @suzylizz

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1. Intro: Hey there, I'm Suzy. I'm an illustrator and designer from Vancouver, Canada. In this class and going to be showing you how to create simple vector flower illustrations , I will cover the process from start to finish. We will be creating the final illustrations using the APP Adobe draw and using the iPad and apple pencil. This class is for beginners, so no experience in illustration or drawing is necessary. At the end of the class, you will have a bunch of beautiful, simple flower illustrations you can share by themselves or use for your projects. Have used the flower illustrations I created in this class to make greeting cards are quote , prints, pattern design and product design. The possibilities are truly endless. I'm so excited to share this class with you, so grab your iPad and let's get started. 2. Sketching flowers: the first step is sketching flowers. You want a view, a variety of images and capture the general shape of the flower and add in some detail. I decided to draw in my sketchbook for the step, but you can draw write on the iPad if you'd prefer. I use my phone and looked through a variety of different images of flowers. I'm using unspool ash dot com to look at images, but other websites like Pinterest Google images are great as well. If you have any real flowers, these would be great to look at as well. I decided to draw springtime flowers. So is looking at types like daffodils and daisies. You can decide on a theme of flowers you would like to draw, maybe more fall time flowers. The choice is up to you when sketching, I slip lif I the flowers into their general shapes, keeping the characteristics of the certain flower what makes this flower different than all the others? I also add simple details. I focused on making the negative space around the flower look more noticeable, meaning if I colored the's in black, you could tell by the silhouette that it was a flower as an example. Here's a daffodil, I drew. As you can see, I'm really simplifying the bell shape of the daffodil and the pedals. I'm only doing four that would show instead of the six that the flower has. I'm also simplifying the stem and the leaf. When you're finished, you can go ahead and take a photo with your iPad. We're going to be importing this photo into adobe draw and using it as a background layer that we can draw on top of. So go ahead and open up the app. Adobe draw. Start a new project. You can use any size you like. I just you square press the plus sign on the right side of the screen where the layers is and press image layer and from my iPad. Then just choose the photo that you took and position it on your dartboard president. Then click the layer and turned down the opacity. This is just so you can just barely see it as your drawing so that you're not overpowered by this sketch and you're just creating new images on top of it. 3. Color palette: Before we start illustrating, we will first create a color palette. I suggest starting with 3 to 5 colors. The flowers I chose to draw where springtime flowers. So I chose spring like colors. I like to choose colors that are different but work well together. I chose these colors based on my preferences of how I wanted my flowers toe look. But if you're having trouble choosing colors, I suggest searching color palettes on Pinterest. They have lots of great ideas. I then add one or two darker shades of the same color for details and creating dimension. So I use the rounded brush in adobe draw and I just click the colors and go through the color wheel and make a little color palette for myself on the side. When you're happy with the colors you created, you can create a new library for them. So go ahead and press your library button at the top press changed library and create new library thing. Pops up, asks you to name it. I just called mine flowers. Then you can go ahead and hold down the color button and drag it to sample the color and then press the plus button, and that saves it to your library. I did this with all of the colors. When you're done, you can click the flowers button at the top, and all your color should be in there. Then you can go ahead and just delete the layer where you drew your colors on because you don't need that anymore. Go ahead and create a new layer for drawing, and we're gonna go ahead and start drawing are flowers. 4. Shapes: now we're going to start creating the basic shapes of the flowers. Were going to decide on the color of the flowers, were going to draw a very simplified shapes for our flowers and create interest with the negative space around our flowers. So before I start, I was going to my brush settings and I turn off my velocity dynamics and I turned down my pressure dynamics to boat 70. This is just how I like using this round brush, but you can play around, decide how you like to use it. So on the layer that we're using, I went ahead and I drew a stem. And then I put a layer on top and now I'm drawing the petals of the flower. Of course. Make sure all of your layers are on top of the sketch layer to fill in an object. All you have to do is hold in the middle of it, and it should fill in with the color that you are using. You just have to make sure that the lines are connected. I'm turning down the opacity here just so I can see through, because I'm gonna be drawing the bell shape of my daffodil. As you can see, I'm building the flower up and I'm creating different layers for the different areas of the flower. Since I want the bell shaped to be on top of the pedals, I'm creating a different layer for that. Now I'm adding dimension to this flower by drawing the back of the bell shaped in a darker color. I do this a lot in my illustrations again, I'm creating a new layer to drop leaves. I pick the green for the leaves, and the green I chose isn't the same green as the stem. I just switch it up of it because I think that it looks cool. You're gonna end up with a lot of layers at the end of this, but we're actually gonna merge them all together in the end. So, justus, long as everything's looking the way you want it to, Then you should be good. Here's a little trick for adding sharp edges. Go ahead and take your eraser and use that to create a sharp point anywhere you like. I'm using it here on the leaves 5. Detail: Now we're gonna add some simple detail to our flowers. I do this in the form of dots and lines in strategically placed areas. I'm turning off the sketch layer here by double clicking it just so you can see the flower I'm drawing more clearly. Then I'm creating a new layer to draw on my details for the details. I grab a lighter or darker shade of the color I am drawing on top of, So I chose an orange shade to draw on top of the yellow. I'm drying simple lines on the daffodil petals. Thes simple lines help show the shape of the pedals, adding stylized oh, mentioned to a flat illustration. You can experiment with line, width and placement, and don't be afraid to erase and re do until you are happy with your details. Simple lines and dots are an easy way to create interesting details to your illustrations. Now I'm adding details on the leaf again, I'm selecting a different shade of the color I'm drawing on. In this case. I'm selecting a darker green when I draw details on my flowers. I'm staying within the shape of the flower or the leaves. I find going to the edge of the shape toe look a bit messy. I accidentally made a mistake here, but remember, you can always undo by pressing the button at the top. I'm gonna turn my sketch layer back on by double clicking, and I'm going to continue drawing the rest of my flowers while doing my flowers. I'm going to experiment with the color combinations. The different types of details are going to do all my flowers to really make them all very interesting and unique. You can draw on the layer of your previous flowers and make more layers as you need. As I'm drawing this pink flower here, you can kind of see that all the pedals that I'm drawing in the front or sort of connecting . But when I go back in with the details, I'm going to make those pedals look more individual again. I'm creating new layer. I press the plus button and the draw layer I'm holding and dragging to put the layer below the one that I'm working on. I'm pressing the color button and I'm picking the darker pink for the back part of my flower. Remember that you have to connect the shape in order to fill it, so it might be a little bit tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of it. You just have to soup it around and then connect it. Hold it and you can fill your color. Now I'm selecting a different layer by clicking on it and I'm creating the stem. I'm going to be drawing statement on this flower and to make it look like it's in the middle of the flower. I just have to select the layer of the back of the flower, which is the darker pink, and then grab what color want this statement to be and draw them in. I then grab the yellow toe, add little circles right on the top of the statement. This is an easy detail you can add to your flowers that helps give the more dimension. Now I'm going back to the layer that I drew the other leaves on from my other flower and choose what color green that I would like to use for these leaves, and I'm drawing them in. I just like to make the color of the leaves different from the stem because I find it interesting, but you can totally switched up and do whatever color you'd like. Now I'm gonna add some details to this leave when I add details. Toe leaves. I usually like to make one line down the middle and then 3 to 5 lines that connect to that line and all the lines don't meet the end a leaf. I usually leave them within the shape. Now I'm gonna add details to the pedals. I just do three simple lines in the lighter pink color to separate the petals of the flower . And that one is done and I move on to the next. So to summarize the techniques that I like to use when illustrating flowers, I like to simplify the shapes of the flowers and I'm drawing. I like to limit the color palette. I like to create recognizable negative shapes. So the negative space around my flower looks recognizable and I like to add in details. Now I'm going through and completing all my flower illustrations on my sketch. Have fun and experiment. Tried to friend details, color combinations and brush sizes. Don't be afraid to press the undo button. I do it many times as you can see some flowers you might like better than others, and that's good. The process helps you learn what style you like. Your flowers might look way different than mine, and that's awesome. Let your creativity take over and you will create a whole bunch of beautiful, unique, simple vector flowers. 6. Exporting: When you're happy with all the flowers that you drew, you can now save them or export them into illustrator to use in further projects. So I just go ahead and delete the sketch layer. You just click on it and then press delete and then I go ahead and click on the first layer and I pressed merge down. I do this with all layers so that all of my flowers are now on one layer. I just find this easier to work with an illustrator. Then you can go ahead and press the export button at the top and exported to illustrator and it should get sent straight to illustrator on your computer. Of course, you can also just export this as an image if you like to share it somewhere like on Social Media instagram or anything like that. Here are two things I made using these flower illustrations and illustrator I made a happy birthday card, and I also made an art print for my wall that says live life in full bloom. If you want to know how I made these, leave me a comment and maybe I can incorporate them into a future video 7. Class project: Okay, Now it's your turn. I'd like you to share an illustration you created of your flowers. Around 10 would be great using my steps to create the illustration. Of course, your flowers could be way different than mine and any different style. I'd love to see what you dio. The finished project will be a single image shared to the project page. I'm so excited to see what you guys come up with. I always love seeing your projects makes me so happy. And I'm definitely going to be commenting on everyone giving feedback. Thank you so much for watching my class. And I'll see you guys next time. Bye.