How to Draw a Tattoo style Chrysanthemum from scratch | Jessica Coetzee | Skillshare

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How to Draw a Tattoo style Chrysanthemum from scratch

teacher avatar Jessica Coetzee

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4 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. 01 Intro

    • 2. 02 Planning and drawing the shape

    • 3. 03 Refining

    • 4. 04 Shading and finalising

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In this course I will show you how to draw a tattoo style / illustrative Chrysanthemum flower from scratch.

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1. 01 Intro: In this course, I will show you how to draw an illustrative chrysanthemum from scratch without reference. This will help you draw original chrysanthemums in an easy to follow step-by-step guide. 2. 02 Planning and drawing the shape: Firstly, we will break down the chrysanthemum into sections so that we can understand how the drawing is going to work. We will start by drawing a circle for the main cluster of petals. These petals will curve around the center. In this shape, we need to identify where the petals will start and end. On this Chrysanthemum the petals will start beneath the circle. Chrysanthemums have a dense center of petals where they will end. With another circle, I like to indicate how big I want to inner cluster of petals to be. Now I draw a shape to show where I might want my next layer of petals to end. And another one to show how far I'd like the outer petals to go. Those are the main parts we will be working with when drawing our chrysanthemum. Let's get started by planning out our chrysanthemum. I'm going to start by drawing the main shapes, the main circle of the chrysanthemum, where the petals will start and end, and how big the center cluster of petals will be. Then we can decide on the shape of the flower. Where the next layer of petals should lie and how far I want the final layer of petals to go. Once you have the base done, you can start planning where the individual petals should go. I draw small ovals to symbolize the petal tips. The first layer of petals should go around the circle representing the dense cluster of petals. Now you can connect the petals to the base. The petals will curve around the center as they connect to the base. Remember to keep perspective in mind when drawing the petal shapes. Draw in a line representing the center of each petal. Let the center line slightly overlap each oval as two petals will have a tip extending out. Moving on to the next layer of petals, you can draw ovals anywhere you want around the middle. This is how you can make each design unique and different from the next. Here you will have to keep perspective in mind as well, figuring out when you will see the outside or inside of the petal as they curve towards the base. Add the center line to see where the tip of the petal will be. Finally, you can add the last layer of petals, which will be the longest petals. Take your time to decide where to put them and use them to fill empty spaces. For the flower cluster, you will need to draw the tips of the petals facing inward. Adding another smaller layer of petals each time until you reach the middle. Lastly, you can draw in a faint outline of where you want to leaves to go. 3. 03 Refining: Once your planning is done, you can refine your drawing and add details to the petals. For the style that we're drawing; I like making the petal tops round with a small pointy tip extending from the center. I like adding an extra detail curving into the round part of the petal when it comes to some of the petals that are viewed from the side. The petals in the middle don't require much detail because they're so small. After all of the petals are drawn in, we can start drawing the leaves. Start by drawing a center line for each leaf. Then pull the lines out and back towards the center for the shape of the leaf. You can then add some extra lines to make it more detailed. Now that the main outline of the chrysanthemum is done, you can start inking the lines. I'm using a 0.3 millimeter fine line pen. The only parts I don't draw in in this step is to center line. But I do still make a slight indication of it on some of the petals. Once you're done inking in the lines, you can erase your pencil. And this is what you'll be left with. 4. 04 Shading and finalising: We can now start with the shading. All the petals will be slightly darker at the base. I like drawing some of the lines on the petals to show its texture. Petals beneath other petals will have a darker shadow and the cluster of petals in the middle will be much darker than the rest. Keep adding directional strokes on each petal You can also shade in the center line on some. The inner part of the petal should be shaded much darker than the outside, and will also be darker where it connects to the base. I like making the leaves dark as well. So it looks like it's more in the background and doesn't take too much attention away from the flower. Finally, when most of the shading is done switch to a softer pencil and go over the darker shades again to give the drawing more depth. And that's how I draw illustrative chrysanthemums from scratch. I hope this video helped you. Please share your chrysanthemum drawings with us so we can see how you did.