How to Draw a Violet Flower

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How to Draw a Violet Flower

Flowers are popular subject matter for artists and painters alike. The wide variety of flowers to paint offers vivid colour and textural choices for artists. Flowers have adorned many paintings and sketches since the days of the masters, including Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Monet. Violets are a popular artistic choice for first time artists due to the simplicity of shape and the vividness of colour and texture. Learn how you can draw violets, either alone or in a landscape setting, that will highlight the beauty of this simple flower.

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Things you need

  • Pencils (colour and lead)
  • Sketch pad

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  1. 1

    Sketch the outline of your violet first. Find your starting place on your paper and draw the outline without lifting your pencil. Use a reference photo as your guide. The outline of the violet will resemble the shape of a star, but instead of points, you will want rounded edges.

  2. 2

    Add a few oval shapes around the outline of your violet that will become leaves. Shade the ovals with thin lines in the centre and shorter, sharper lines fanning out to represent the veins in the leaves.

  3. 3

    Add detail to your violet. You can draw a thinner line around the inside of your violet that will follow the exact pattern. The space between this line and the outside line of your violet will be coloured with a lighter shade of the same colour as your violet. The key to your violet drawing is the use of colours, especially patterns in lighter shades of the same colour.

  4. 4

    Colour your violet purple. You can also achieve a nice colouring by blending purple with blue, which will create a richer hue for your violet. Colour the thin outline around your violet a light shade of purple or blue.

  5. 5

    Use a darker blue or even black to draw thin, sharp lines from the outer edges of the violet to the centre, curving each line and letting it fade as it reaches the centre. This adds detail and depth to your violet.

  6. 6

    Now colour the leaves surrounding your violet. Make the outer edges of the leaf green and darken the colouring as you approach the centre. Use quick diagonal strokes to apply texture. Now you can add a coloured background to complement your violet.

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