Sunflowers: A special kind of flower.
With their cheerful colours and iconic shape, sunflowers are a wonderful bloom to practise your drawing with. Whether you sketch a lone stalk or a field full of colour, these flowers are not only beautiful, they’re also fun to draw. There’s more to sunflowers than meets the eye.
“Sunflowers have a mathematical equation in the way that their seeds are spread out. They’re actually pretty easy to draw because they’re a simple combination of just a couple shapes,” says artist and illustrator Kevin Jay Stanton. The dark part of a sunflower’s face is a Fermat’s spiral, where the seeds spiral elegantly into the middle point. While this may sound complicated, it gives you a guide for how to draw the centre of a sunflower.
“Sunflowers are also phototropic, which means they follow the movement of the sun across the sky,” explains Stanton. When the flowers are young, the face of the blooms tracks the sun from dawn to dusk. When they’re older, the flowers typically face east, to catch the morning sun. With this in mind, think about your light source before you start a drawing. Since the flower can move and rotate, that gives you plenty of angles and perspectives to practise drawing.