Floral Line Drawing | Nichole Clemmons | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Flowers 1

    • 3. Flowers 2

    • 4. Filler Flowers

    • 5. Ferns, Grass, and Leaves

    • 6. Combining/layering & Class Project

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About This Class

Welcome to my class on Floral Line Drawings!  This class is geared towards beginners, but anyone can take it if you want to learn something new or brush up on your skills.

In this class I will teach you how to draw flowers and foliage. Then I will teach you how to combine what you learned to create one cohesive and beautiful drawing. Once you have finished the lessons you will be ready to use your new skills to create a project

I have broken down the class into easy to follow lessons where I guide you step by step in each element of the class. I encourage you to post your progress as well as your final project. The most important part is to enjoy the process!

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Nichole Clemmons

Mixed media artist


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1. Introduction: Hi. My name's Niki, and today I will be teaching all about floral line drinks. Um, I'm actually very new to teach on skill share. This is my first class, so I'm very excited, and I hope you enjoy. We're gonna go over a few different flowers, some fillers and some grasses and ferns that you can use in your drawings. The end of your lessons. I'm going to show you how to combine all of those elements together to create your own beautiful drawing. Uh, so, um, let's get started. 2. Flowers 1: okay. And this video would be showing you three different flowers, and I'm gonna be using my pen. Um, I do recommend that you draw these in pencil first. Um, that way, if if there's anything you want to change, you can be race and three Do it before you get in, I'm gonna show you in pen because it shows up better on the video. So to get started, we're gonna draw. You're gonna start by using a curved line like this, you're gonna go around, and you're gonna do just a slight wave and then bring it back down. That and then you do that. It kind of makes it look like the petals curved in. You wanna come over here? You know, do another one of those right here. Slightly wavy lines, and they don't have to be exactly like mine. You do the same right here. Just kind of slightly overlap it. So, you know, breathing it from the bottom and you're gonna come up and slightly around this corner here , una dio the same right here, just silently over that, and you can even add It's a little spots. If you want it to look like it's kind of curled over a little bit used at a little unit take and that another just slightly wavy line And were you down like that And then one more right here and then for the base of this flower we're gonna dio two curved lines You bring him in like that they used to You're some you can add. You can add Leave if you want, or you can leave it just a plain stump. And this is why I tell you to use a pencil first. Because if you next I go into far, you can erase and re do When this next one I'm gonna dio no Zuman just a little bit. We're gonna start by drawing a circle in the middle. Does it have to be a perfect circle? Just a circle. And then these pedals are gonna be tapered at the bottom. You're going to taper up the wider and then come back in narrow. He's going to go around and I usually will do just several going all the way around first. And then I go back through and I'll add some behind and next to other flowers. It's okay if there's little gaps between some of the pedals. Um, it's okay if some of the pedals air slightly smaller. We're slightly larger. Just go around. And if you like, the way it looks and leave it if you don't erase it and where you do it, I'm just gonna Charlie's real quick. You can just add little details like this. You put some behind you can add another one there. Yes, at some little details. You just go around and do that. And then if you want, you can leave it like this or in the center here. You can add just a little bit of stippling to surround this outer edge right here. Just like this. Just little dots solo around and then in the center. I like to just do some little half circles like this just like that, and then on the pedals. If you want to kind of give a little bit of shading and a little bit to mention to him, you can just take and go upto pedal. You do it once or twice and shouldn't go around. You just put down and then lift up. So as you're drawing it, you're gonna kind of slightly lift up as you draw it. So it kind of gives up Feed. ID. Look, could you don't want a harsh ling when you're doing this. So just a quick little flick motion like this, you go all the way around. And what that does is it adds a little dimension to the pedals, but it also adds shading right here in the center. So if you see it, it adds a little bit of shading in there, and it kind of gives it more of a three D look rather than us. Judy, Look, So took is a little more dimension looks, looks a little less flat. You do that all the way around, and then this last one that I'm going to show you this is a side view of a flower, and this one's really easy. The pedals air slightly different than this one. So what you're gonna do, You just gonna do just like a little almost like a Hershey kiss shaped right there. But you're gonna leave that open right here. We're gonna drill the pedals and they're just going to kind of come out like this. You're gonna leave it a sort of a point and just kind of go back down. These will be thin. They're gonna be kind of wavy. They're not all gonna be the same. They don't have to be the same. So will be shorter to make some longer. And if you want to make sure that the pedals kind of say the same size all the way around, um, something you can do if you have a compass, you can put it right here. You're going to dress a guideline right here to draw the pedals up to and, uh and I want to be perfect. You know, flowers and nature. They have little imperfections, little mix and tears, and some are shorter some longer. So you should do that. That's it. And then you just throw this, um, super easy, super quick. And you can do the same thing you can a little detail like that down by the base of the pedal if he went out a little bit more shading to it. But you don't have to. You can make this asses full if you want. If you want, and more pedals, you can add more. Um, but that's a really simple one. And it's It's it. It's a nice one. Um, for if you're doing like a spray style words. Couple flowers in the middle of the floor is going out to the sides. You can have this facing either direction. You can also take this one and you can draw more sideways. This one right here. Sorry. That is in doubt. Um, you could do the same with this one. You can have it facing Maurin an angle and bring it down. So that was their Cem. The first flowers for this video and we'll see you in the next video. 3. Flowers 2: Okay, So for this video, I'm going to show you how to draw a couple flowers. This 1st 1 you're going to take, you know, bring it up, curve. It's gonna be a little bigger on top, and then you're in a curve it and bring it back down like that. And then you're going, Teoh, bring it out. You want this pedal here to be the same about the same height asses when I didn't have to be perfect. You should do that. You bring this up, I think that you're in a drop. It'll comes up down like this and then right here, where this kind of goes through, you're gonna just do that. And it kind of gives the illusion that it's kind of going around here to take one more right there. And you could even draw another one kind of peeking up here. You don't have to go. And then for this it's just a straight stone goes down. When you get to the base, you're gonna stop close to the base of the stem. You're gonna stop. You want this one side to be longer than the other, whichever sites longer. That's where you're in a storm you're gonna take in your well, uh, this you're gonna bring it back down that and then this is gonna come down around like this , come down like that and then you're gonna draw your stem just a little bit right here. That's gonna all connect and then used raw. It's a couple lines going up here and you can make this is big or small. She want I made it kind of small. You can have it kind of wind up and around. It really just depends on what you like. And then on this the pedals. You can just kind of do just these very kind of broken lines like this. He just gives the illusion of some texture. Nothing too much, just a little bit. And then this next flower that I'm gonna show you is really easy. It's a fun one to draw. And it's just, you know, draw a curved line like this and then in the center, come down. This is gonna be very long, Elongated pedals. That the one where he was gonna be a little straighter. And then, as as you go out these air going to be curved they're gonna cover out and they're tapered, so it's gonna be skinnier at the base in a little bit whiter at the You shouldn't go around . You want it to be about the same length, their little shorter as you go back. That's fine. You do that ground just like that. And then this last spot right here, you're gonna come out from where the other one ended and it's just gonna peek from behind you come down. Uh, just do the same thing like you did on the other side. He was gonna pull down on this. Last one is gonna be doing us a little bit shorter. That and then for the center of this one News Newman, you're going to dio some of a bumpy cone shape a case like that, and then you're going you little half circles, just like we did in the middle of the other flower in the first video. We don't have to be in any sort of. It's just 1/4. Just be a little random. Just like that for the stamp on this flower, I usually we'll start it kind of in between the pedal so kind of peeks out from behind the pedals and then from the base of that middle pedal, just like that. And just like on the other pedals, you can just a little bit usually on these. I don't add more than one line, but and you can add these as many pedals as you want. I like to have a little gap between them, but you make up however you want, and that's it for this video of seeing the next. 4. Filler Flowers: All right, So in this video, I'm going to show you some just fun little sort of filler flowers that you can use to add some, uh, some fun little details to your drawing. So this 1st 1 that I'm gonna show you, you can actually do two different ways is your central line. You're in a geologist, some little no branches, almost off of it like this. You can add as many branches or a few branches that you want. I'm just gonna do a few just so I can show you this one I like because it's very simple. It's very easy. So you can you do that and the fuller you make it, the more space it'll take up. But it's very pretty when it's really full. And then another way I do this. It kind of makes it look like baby's breath is all taken put. There's some little doctor in it. It just makes it a little bit more interesting. Just fun. So you knew that the next one you're gonna take and you're gonna curve and bring it down like that, You're gonna add just however many you want, but I usually just do a few. Just little. Not just like that. On this one, you're gonna do a bill shape. So you're gonna bring it down like that? You're just gonna will go the line. And then at a little circle oval down at the bottom, there's a little bell type flowers. They're just fun. Um, we can I haven't curve either way. You have straight, however you want todo and then the next two or similar. They just have different pedals. So this is another one that I use a lot and it just Oh, essentially just a triangle. And then the bottom of the top is just little sort of his exact bumps. And I usually do about 3 to 4 pedals when each one and you can do like on this one. You can just dio several little branches and just do that. So and then the other one, I'm going to show you on this. You do the same thing, except instead of doing these triangular pedals, did you do more like a daisy petal? I just do this. Let's go around. You make this a small, whereas large she want you could even dio little Bud style alarms that more like that. Those are cute too. You can also just do fun. Little really Hughes like this. Those are fun too. Okay, so that's all for that video. 5. Ferns, Grass, and Leaves: Okay, So for this video, I'm gonna show you some, I guess. Fern like leaves that you can add to your drawings. Um, they're really easy. Um, so let's get started. This 1st 1 do a line and all of them are gonna pretty much start with just a simple line like this. And it's really easy. You just do this little sort away. Anything you can either have it, taper and get smaller towards it. Off or Healy, with the same size of down. This one is a nice one to put like behind a flower. Things like that. Another one you can dio is very simple. You just do these little branches up, you know, do the other side you're gonna do in between. You're saying, take, you're gonna do this, you go up and the issue can keep from all the same size. You can have them get smaller as you get towards the top, or you can have a bigger at the top. Go smaller to bottom. It's whatever you like, but this is one that I like to dio And then another way, could you This is you can have just little pedals like this. put a little closer together the same thing. You can taper it. You can keep him all the same size. It's really your preference, whatever pleases your eye. And you would do that all the way up. And then at the top you would do just like I did on this one. You just do it. One simple one on the top on the next one is it's got a little a little bit more in the way of leaves, but they're really simple. So you're gonna take, you're lying and you're just gonna take and draw these little sort of half elongated ovals . They're just long, skinny, sort of pedals. And this one I like to kind of make smaller as I go up. I think it looks really pretty when you get it. Make him a little. It's shorter as you go. So can it gives this really nice look to. It doesn't have to be perfect. Stewart on top. Another way, you can do this. It's a similar leaf, but instead of having spaces in between it, you would just take it and they would be right next to each other like this, and that's that's just a nice and pleasing to the ice. Another thing I use a lot in my drawings is grasses. So for the grasses, their super super easy. So I usually curve mine. They you a curve it back. You could make it as wide or a skinny as you want, and I like to just kind of layer him like that. Draw one. You can drop one behind it and you can have him coming out of the same spot, just like that Super super easy and then for leaves. I usually just do a simple leave like this, or you could do something like this where it's a similar leave to that, but it's just goes up and comes back down. This is just simple branch of leaves and all of these. You can make it big, small as you want, because it's your drawing and it's whatever makes you so there's those. So in the next video, I'm going to show you how you can kind of combine everything together to create a nice, beautiful, cohesive dry. So I'll see you then 6. Combining/layering & Class Project: Okay, So in this video, I'm gonna briefly show you my process When, um, finishing a drawing had a layer everything. So always start by penciling everything. This is pencilled in a little darker than I would normally pencil it in so that you could see it on the on the video. But normally I would have very, very faint lines because you are gonna be erasing when you are finished. So the first thing I always start with is the main focal point right here. And that's the one that I'm gonna want in front of everything else. So that's the one that I'm going to draw in first. So I'm gonna think I would think this one in first, just like this. And then I would think in each item as I choose to layer it. So whatever I want to be layered in front is what I draw first. So say I want this piece in front of this piece aggress instead of the way I drew it with the pencil. I would just draw that in just like that. You just you can change things as you think them in, you know, and then I would just keep going along and I have something in drawn in front in pencil. I can change it up as I think something in. So like this, I drew in front of this piece of grass, but I can have a go behind it instead. You just keep going along with this process until you have your drawing complete, and then you will go through and you would erase any lines that you don't want visible. Um, or say you didn't end up using something in your picture. Obviously, you're gonna want to erase all those pencil lines you just go through and just at all your little do tools. Just continue on until your image is complete, and then you would take and you had erased all those lines when you're finished, and that will be your completed drawing. So it's really easy. You're just gonna be layering piece by piece, Um, as you go along so that you can kind of pick and choose as your inking in what What elements? You want to be in the forefront of your photo on which ones you want to be more towards the back and and that's really it. So for your project. What I would like you to dio is take all of the the elements that you learned in the lessons. And I want you to use at least three, three different elements in your photos. So I'm going to show you some some different examples. So this is one style that you can do where it's just a single felt flower thing focused and it's got little grasses. It's got some of the little elements in there. It doesn't have all of them. He doesn't have the ferns and stuff like that, which is fine. Um, and then another style, which is really neat. Is this where you just pick whatever flower you want in the center and you build around that flower, which always looks really pretty? And then this is my favorite style. Um, but this is a lot, so if you're not ready to do this much, that's fine, too. Um, but I've got several different flowers. I've got some grasses. I've got other little flowers tucked in. No friends in this one, but like I said, you don't have to use all the elements, but I do want you to use at least three different elements. Mawr. If you can in your final project and and be sure to to also post your progress as well. I want to see your practices. Um, I really encourage you to do that because you'll get some really good feedback from each other. I can give you some feedback on it as well, so just practice and have fun with it, and I can't wait to see what you'll create.