2. Tracing the basic shapes.
When you practice, “trace many types of flowers to learn more about their forms. Start with the major outlines: petals, stems, and leaves,” says Lee. “I often start with basic black-and-white line drawings.”
Every complex form can be reduced to simple shapes. Examine how the petals look when lying flat, and then observe how they overlap and become foreshortened in your reference image. Don’t get bogged down in the specific details at this stage. Just focus on the composition of your image and the organic forms.
3. Hone your linework.
From here you can refine your lines and shapes. Use different line weights to add primary forms and secondary details, and then go in with an eraser to delete unneeded marks from your early sketch. If you’re working digitally, like in Adobe Fresco, you can create a new layer and turn off your underdrawing later without erasing it.
“Don’t focus too much on making the perfect line. Small jitters and imperfections make the petals seem more natural,” notes Lee. Focus on the creases and folds within the petals or the hills and valleys around the edges of the leaves. These details can help add dimension and realism to your drawing.