Line Drawn Florals: Step-by-step guide to drawing beautiful peonies. | Krysten Lauren | Skillshare

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Line Drawn Florals: Step-by-step guide to drawing beautiful peonies.

teacher avatar Krysten Lauren, The Singing Finch | Floral Illustrations

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Welcome/ About Me

    • 2. Tools / inspiration/ Anatomy

    • 3. Line drawing/ Petal by Petal

    • 4. Line drawing/ Leaves

    • 5. Line drawing/ Adding details

    • 6. Line drawing/ Finishing with Ink

    • 7. Final thoughts/thank you

    • 8. Gag reel

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About This Class


Florals are the CRAZE right now! If you have ever wanted to learn how to draw beautiful florals, you are in the right place!

In this class you will learn how to draw a peony using basic steps and tools you already have in your home. There is no experience required to take this class. As long as you have a pencil, pen and paper, you’re ready for this class.

We will go over choosing an inspiration picture and the basic anatomy. I’ll go over how to draw each petal and the leaves. Then I’ll go over how to draw detail to give the flower depth and a more realistic look.

Once you take this class, you’ll be wanting to draw peonies on everything!

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Krysten Lauren

The Singing Finch | Floral Illustrations


Hey everyone, I'm Krysten!  I am originally from New Mexico, now living in the beautiful state of Utah!  I have enjoyed creating all types of art, from modern calligraphy to line drawing florals and botanicals.  I have a monthly floral challenge on Instagram called Florals Your Way, where we challenge people to create all different species of flowers using all different mediums.  I am so excited to have the chance to share my skills and love for drawing beautiful florals with you all here on Skillshare!  Please go visit my Instagram: @thesingingfinch for more inspiration! Massive love to you all!

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1. Welcome/ About Me: Hi, I'm Kristen. And welcome to my first skill share class line drawn florals, a step by step guide to drawing beautiful peonies. So just a little bit about me. I am an artist based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and I mostly draw florals, and I also do some hand lettering and modern calligraphy. You can check out my artwork at the Singing Finch if you have ever wanted to learn how to draw a peony flower. This class is definitely for you. There is no experience required for this class in this class. We will go over all of the tools you will need tools you already have in your home. We will then go over picking an inspiration picture. You will learn the basic shape and anatomy of a peony flower. Then we will jump right into joint each pedal one by one. Then we will add surrounding leaves. And finally, I will teach you how to add detail to the flour to create depth and give the flower and leaves a more realistic look. By the end of this class, you will have the knowledge and skill and the confidence to Joe. Beautiful peonies. You can use this anywhere you want Teoh from creating beautiful wedding invitations or putting a feminine touch to your bullet journal or calendar, or even creating a piece that you can hang up on your wall in your home. You'll have the confidence to draw and you won't want to stop. Trust me, let's get started. 2. Tools / inspiration/ Anatomy : Let's go over all the basic tools you'll need for this class. First stuff. I always encourage you to start your drawing using pencil, especially for beginners. Those of you who are more advanced you're welcome to use whatever you feel most comfortable with. Just make sure to have yourself a sharpener and an eraser. Handy as faras pencils. There's really no special brands that you have to have after you're finished with your sketch, you can use a fine line pen. I usually like to have a variations and sizes. Today I'll be using a zebra pen sensations line of technical drawing pens. I will be using Size five for the outline and three for the details, and I'll show those to you. Now. This is the five and this is the three. If you don't have a zebra pens, micron, Tom Bo mono pens or even Sharpie, super fine line markers work just as well. Last leaves the paper again. There is no specific paper you really need, and you will dio the paper that I am actually using today is a card stock. I purchased it at my local craft store kind of thick. If you don't have any card, stock, printer, paper works. Just find two. And these are all the tools that you will need for this class. It's time to pick an inspiration picture. You can do this by googling peonies or by taking one of your own. If you decide to Google it, I suggest finding one that either challenges you if you have more experience or finding one that is more simple. If you are a beginner, today will be using one of the pictures I took from my own garden of my peonies. I chose this picture because it shows the flower at different angles. It gives you a feel of how the flower blooms, this specific species of pne, which is called the Double P, and he has a lot of pedals their very round, and they fold inward. The outside of the pedals are larger and smooth as the inside puddles air smaller, wrinkled and have some jagged edges and tears. And I'll go over how to create that look at the end. When we add detail to the flower, let's take a look at the inside of the flower. The center consists of the pistol or carpal, which is the female organ. Then these little yellow hair like stems are was called the Stamen, and they're the male organ. And that's what produces the Poland last. We have our leaves and these go off the stem and their long and thin. That's pretty much just the basic anatomy of the Peony flower. Let's get started drawing now. 3. Line drawing/ Petal by Petal: Okay, let's get started. First, we're going to draw the first pedal. I like to do the middle of the flower. Your first puddles actually going to have more of around it. Bottom, Just like that. Doesn't have to be perfect. Next, we're going to move into what I like to call these side view pedal. Come on. The site here, go up and I'm gonna make a little bit of an s shape. And I want to connect it on the other side. This gives the pedal of fooled and some depth under the same thing on the other side. This time, I'm gonna do it a little bit differently. Even add what's called the stamen. This is the male part of the flower. Look like little hair like stems with a little ball on them. They can go in any direction you want. Any length you want. Just kind of put a bunch of them. You can always add more later. If you feel like it needs more. Let's go out and stop there. Next, we're gonna add some more petals around the flower. Just going to go ahead and add some more petals around here. I'd like to put them partially behind other pedals. Then if you do some jagged edges here, you can add a little dip here to add a fooled. If you want to, you can add a little one here. Let's add some side view pedals as we go further out, your pedals are actually going to be a little bit bigger. Doesn't have to have a specific shape long as you can kind of tell the each fooled and they have some jagged edges. Let's add some in the front here, but, you know, did you gonna come out? But right there, now you're gonna add the fooled, and it's going to come back underneath here, and you're gonna connect that there to do another one coming from this side. Like I said, as you're going around, you're pedals are going to be much bigger. And as they're going towards the outside of the flower, your full, they're going to start getting smaller. I like to call these the open pedals. - See here kind of connected it where I didn't like it. Grab my eraser here. That's why I like to start with pencil and then I'll go back over it with pen at the end. - You have no successfully drawn. You're peony flower 4. Line drawing/ Leaves : next we're gonna do is we're gonna add some surrounding leaves to the flower. What I like to do is doom and groups of two or three. Now a peonies. Leaves are long and thin, so just having coming out, gonna curve it a little bit. They're gonna come back in and do a curve in the opposite direction, just like so you can add the wine in the middle. There it's at another one again. These don't have to be perfect either. See how I kind of made it a little jagged, just like that. Kind of looks like it. Fold it in a little bit, just like that. That a few more have some coming up this way. Come around this side at some on the science would be this fun in here. This one we're gonna do is it's gonna kind of curve around the side. So you see more aside, angle on that one right there. What I did is I just I kind of took it like a s shape there, connected it halfway instead of all the way, and then did something on the back there. See how kind that gives it more dimension there. I'm gonna add 1/3 1 here. - There's no particular place for in placing them. It's kind of just random. Teoh. Another one here. You don't have to have too many. There you go. There. Your leaves. Great job. 5. Line drawing/ Adding details : we're almost finished. I'm gonna teach you now how to add detailed lines or shading to create depth and give this drawing a more realistic look. We'll start first with the pedals and then we'll move on to the leaves. The most important thing about creating detail with line drawing is to follow the shape and the curve of the pedal or leaf. You shouldn't have any straight lines. You always want to start from the edge of the pedal and move towards the middle, not the middle to the edge. As you are joined, the lines start off with more pressure and release the pressure as you lift up. Like so doing this creates a softer look as the line stops or disappears. In other words, the line will start off thicker and get thinner. As you lift up your pennant, your pencil. You can create as many lines or as little lines as you want, and not every line is going to be the same length will be sporadic. See how I did these ones going this way in these ones going this way, this creates a round effect. Now remember, these are not gonna be perfect, right now, since you're using pencil, you can always go back in a race lines that you don't like and then add more. If you need to later see how I'm doing them from both sides, coming from the bottom up and in the top down. Let's move on to another pedal, since thes statements air coming out this way, you don't want to have too many lines coming out from the bottom because it'll look too crowded here, so we'll just add them coming from the top again from the side, going this week following the curve of the pedal and then from this side here, little short ones and then some long Gwynn's. You can also add lines here where there's a little break or tear in the pedal there, and that's on the fold, giving you that look that it's folding in coming from both directions. We can do it on this site as well. - Again , you can add as many lines as you want Teoh. He doesn't have to be overbearing. You could always fix the's at the end. When you're going over it with pen, take away some that you don't like. Add more notice here I added some going this way on the fold, in some going that way. It gives it the look that it fooled it over rounded Look. As you get more familiar with it, you start going a little bit faster just following the curve in shape of the pedal. Each time I'm doing it, I'm starting off with more pressure and lifting up my pencil as I go up. You do not want any blunt straight lines. Just a few more. It will be finished with the pedals. There we go. Next we move onto the leaves so the same rules apply to the leaves. You want to draw the lines coming out from the middle of the leaf towards the edge again, using the same harder pressure from the beginning and lift up your pencil again. You can do as many as you want or is a little as you want. I'm also gonna come in from the other side, coming in the same direction, little ones and then larger ones. - You can see the reason why you went in this direction on this side. It's because this was the one leaf that was folding inward. We don't connect the lines one from both sides, because you want to give it at rounded look almost finished. I personally like to add more lines in detail to the leaves than I do the pedals. To me, it makes the flower pop and stand out. That's my own personal preference. As you become more familiar with your own style, you'll end up doing things a lot differently than I'm doing right now, and that's okay. That's great. You do want to have your own style. - Okay , so now that we have our lines with our pedals and our leaves, we added detail, We're gonna move on to finishing up with Penn. Great job. 6. Line drawing/ Finishing with Ink: all right. We made it to the last step. We're going to finish it up with our Inc. This part is pretty much the easiest part for the outline. I'm gonna use my 0.5 tip and for the detail. I'm going to use a 0.3. If you don't have any variety and sizes, that's totally okay. You can use the one that you have. You just want to follow along on the lines you sketched out with pencil. If you see a spot that you want to change, now is the time to do it. But take your time. Don't rush. I suggest going over the outline first and doing the detail last. - Remember the same rules. Apply when you're going through your detailed lines. Started the edge with the more pressure and release the pressure as you lift up your pen. Like I said before, when I add my detail, I love adding more lines to my leaves than I do to my pedals on the flower. It just makes it pop and it just looks really cool. You don't have to do the same thing. It is a long process. So that's why I have sped it up. - Make sure that all of your Incas dry before you grab your eraser and erase all of your pencil marks. Great job. You are done. 7. Final thoughts/thank you : all right. We're all finished. You should be proud of yourself. You have successfully learned how to draw a beautiful Pini. You can use this skill anywhere you want to. I encourage you to share your piece. Even if it's still a work in progress you can posted in the comments section. And if you have any questions, please let me know. I'd love to chat with you. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day today to learn any skill with me. And I'd love it if you could fall along with me so that you could be notified when my next class will be. We'll see you next time. 8. Gag reel : All right. We're all finished. All right. We are all finished. You should be proud of yourself. We have. You should be proud of yourself. You have succession. You can check out my artwork on Instagram in my hands. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day by the