Tutorial: How to Draw a Daffodil

Completed DrawingDrawing a daffodil may seem challenging at first but it is quite manageable if you begin by drawing very general lines and shapes and gradually build up to more specific details.

Supplies: Throughout this demonstration I will be using an HB graphite pencil, a kneaded eraser, and 80 lb. drawing paper. These are my preferences, if you don’t have these exact supplies don’t worry just use whatever you have in your art box.

Notes: In order to make it easier to see my process I have darkened the images. As you follow along please remember to keep your pencil marks light, the initial lines are guidelines so you want them to be light to make it easier to erase them once all of the details have been added. I have also colored some of lines to make it easier to see the transitions between steps, this is only for demonstration purposes, you just need to use your graphite pencil for the entire drawing.

Step 1: Blocking in Basic Shapes

Step 1

Begin by drawing the simplest shapes. Draw an oval for the center and a larger oval to mark where the petals are placed.

Next draw the cup shape that will connect the small oval to the rest of the flower.

Draw a single line to mark the stem.

Step 2: Adding the Petals and Leaves

Step 2

Add simple triangular shapes for the petals using the larger oval as your guide. Don’t worry about folds and curved edges at this stage, just lightly rough in basic shapes.

In order to make the composition more interesting we will be drawing the flower with a couple of leaves. Daffodil leaves are grass-like so we can use tall thin triangles to represent them. If you want to add a leaf that droops, draw a thin tapering square with a long triangle at the end.

Step 3: Adding Details

Step 3

Slowly begin to refine your drawing by adding the finer details like the ruffles along the center’s edge. Daffodil petals are not straight and flat so be sure to add a few curves and folds to the edges to make your flower more realistic.

Step 4: Finishing Details

Step 4

Remove any stray lines and marks that won’t be part of your finished drawing. At this point you can leave your drawing as is and it will be a wonderful line drawing or you can add shading or color. See the next step for how I finished my drawing.

Idea for Finishing Your Drawing

Completed Drawing

I imagined that the light was coming from the left so anything on the right would be in shadow. Using this idea and my HB pencil I added shading to transform my line drawing into one that has volume and depth.

If you have any questions about this tutorial or if you have an idea for a future tutorial please leave a comment below or send me a message.



3 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to Draw a Daffodil

  1. ARP

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  2. Susan Derby

    Hi Kelli – I really like the work you do, your tutorials are very clear and thorough. Thanks for checking my FB page – untrainedunafraid.artist.

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