How to Draw a Dandelion Bloom

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How to Draw a Dandelion Bloom
Dandelions display a bright yellow flower. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Dandelions are famous for their puffy white seed balls. A fabled source of good luck, these feathery balls follow the intense yellow flower head in a dandelion's growth cycle. The bloom of the dandelion, though often viewed as a pesky weed by gardeners, shows off a delicate spray of yellow and orange hues. When drawing this flower, keep your petals thin to capture its light and airy nature. These petals radiate from the centre of the flower, so a small circle makes the perfect guide for your drawing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Yellow coloured pencil
  • Orange coloured pencil
  • Green coloured pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a large circle using the yellow coloured pencil.

  2. 2

    Make a small dot in the centre of the circle with the yellow coloured pencil.

  3. 3

    Draw a small circle in the centre of the large circle.

  4. 4

    Fill the small circle with yellow tube shapes. Draw these shapes using arching lines that point towards the centre of the circle.

  5. 5

    Shade the sides and base of each tube shape with the orange coloured pencil, leaving the centre and top pure yellow. This adds dimension to the flower.

  6. 6

    Draw a second circle inside of the first. Draw this circle around the second circle, slightly larger. This will help you layer your petals evenly.

  7. 7

    Draw long thin petals inside of the third circle using the yellow coloured pencil. Draw these petals so that they radiate from the centre of the circle. Make the base of each petal start on the edge of the second circle and terminate on the edge of the third circle. Fill the entire circle with petals.

  8. 8

    Draw around the edges of the petals with the orange coloured pencil. Lightly blend orange coloured pencil over the yellow petals to make them a bright gold colour.

  9. 9

    Fill the remainder of the circle between the third and first circles with long, skinny petals in yellow coloured pencil. Draw these petals so that a small amount of space lies between each one. Make these petals radiate from the centre of the flower.

  10. 10

    Draw a thin line around the edge of each petal in orange coloured pencil.

  11. 11

    Add a thick, arching line to the base of the flower in green coloured pencil to form the stem.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a photograph of a dandelion as a reference for your work.

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