How to Draw a Tiger Lily

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How to Draw a Tiger Lily

Draw a Tiger Lily and add it to your portfolio or visual diary. Save it for reference to paint or add colour to at a later time. Drawing is a useful tool when designing or creating a image reference for paintings, in this process one will learn how to draw a tiger lily. Drawing is to painting as brainstorming is to writing.

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Things you need

  • Number 2 Pencil
  • Sketch Pad
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser

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  1. 1

    Tiger lilies are perennials known by their reddish brown spots, they come in a variety of colours, and for this example colour is not used. Gather your sketch diary and a number 2 pencil, keep a pencil sharpener on hand to use when needed. The paper used is a personal choice; the paper shown is extra heavy, chipboard back for better support, and a medium weight. The size of your sketch diary is also personal preference; the size used here is 9.5 by 6 inches.

    How to Draw a Tiger Lily
  2. 2

    Take your sketch diary to the location of your tiger lily or use a tiger lily photograph; this is known as observational drawing. Use different pencils to give the drawing weight. The linear aspect or outline is what will be drawn. Photographs can be found online searching Google images. Draw the leaves and the stem of the tiger lily.

    How to Draw a Tiger Lily
  3. 3

    Don't be concerned about using the eraser of changing the way your tiger lily looks. Add the leaves and adjust them to your desire. Everything can be changed at this stage of drawing, including starting over completely.

    How to Draw a Tiger Lily
  4. 4

    Complete the entire tiger lily before adding detail. Focus on the outline or linear aspect of your drawing, making the adjustments as you go. Decide if you want starts of new flowers and add them at this time.

    How to Draw a Tiger Lily
  5. 5

    Add the tiger lily spots and centre stamens of the tiger lily. Complete all the details. Add shadows and fine lines to the leaves where desired, use your finger to smudge the pencil and give shadow. Take a look at the image used to observe and check the details add them at this time.

    How to Draw a Tiger Lily

Tips and warnings

  • Try different grains of papers, and different pencil weights.

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