How to draw a peony with petals, stem and leaves.
Flowers! Spring! Peony’s are the theme today.
Peony’s have many, many layers of ruffled petals.
They look so delicate and come in several soft colors.
Thankfully, they have a simple shape (the circle!) underneath that we can build from.
Supplies to draw & color a peony
Supplies you will need to draw and vibrantly color in a peony flower:
- Colored pencils or crayons
Artist tip: As with any drawing it’s important to recognize how much space you are working with. To do this, point to the middle of your paper with your finger or pencil.
This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in.
It does not have to be exact!
How to draw a peony
Let’s get started with the circles.
1. First, lightly draw a medium sized circle.
This will be the guideline that we draw the flower inside of, most of it will be erased at the end.
2. Each petal will be a curved line. Start with one on the side.
How to draw petals for your peony
1. Keep drawing curved lines, overlapping each other and getting smaller as they get towards the middle top of the circle.
2. Let’s add some petals on the outside of the circle as well.
I drew 2 off the bottom of the circle.
3. Peony petals are meant to look ruffly. Go to the top of each petal and make it jagged.
How to draw peony stem and leaves
1. Add a stem, 2 lines down to the paper; close together for the thin stem.
2. Now, for the leaves.
Peony leaves have 3 eye-shaped leaves off of each branch.
3. Add a few more branches of leaves.
How to color a peony
The BEST part: COLOR!
Use any color you want, for your peony. The most common shades are pink, orange and white.
Artists Tip: if you are using a light color, gently erase the pencil lines a little so they are not as dark.
Then trace over the pencil lines with the color you want to use for the flower. Color the rest after this taking note of lights and shadows in the flower.
Remember using different shades of the same color will help your flower to look more realistic.
There you go! You’ve done it. A peony flower perfect for spring.
Let’s see what else we can draw together… perhaps a learning how to draw a Shamrock would be fun!