How to draw a tulip step-by-step with a stem and leaf.

Artists, today we are drawing a tulip! Perfect for spring and Easter cards coming up. 

Tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in Spring. They are a burst of color with simple lines and come in THOUSANDS of colors. You can literally buy a tulip in any color you might want, making them such a fun flower to draw in bunches.

It always brings me joy to see the tulips bloom, they’re a sign that nature is waking up from winter. What a beautiful show!

How to draw a tulip

Supplies for drawing tulips

Supplies you’ll want to have on hand for this drawing practice:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils or crayons, markers

 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! 

Supplies for drawing a spring tulip

How to draw a tulip flower step-by-step

Let’s get started:

1. First, put a dot where your finger just was, in the middle of the paper. Remember to draw lightly.

2. From this dot draw a curved line upward. This will be the first of our Tulip petals and the largest of all the petals

How to draw a tulip petal

3. Draw another curved line using the same start and finish points, making this first petal into an EYE shape. 

drawing tulip petals from an eye shape

4. Draw another curved line coming from the middle of the first petal, going out towards the other corner of the paper.

Not as long as the first line.

How to draw a tulip flower for spring

5. From the tip of the line, draw a wavy line to the bottom of the first petal.

how to sketch petals

6. Now, draw a half circle between the top of the two petals.

At the top of each petal, the petal has a jagged texture.

You can draw this by adding a little zig zag at the center.

Turning petals into flower buds

7. From the middle petals, draw 2 more petals, connecting the large petals to the middle area.

How to draw the middle of a tulip

8. The middle area is where the inner petals are waiting to be revealed.

Let’s draw a wavy line off of the center to represent those petals.

tulip flower drawing black and white

How to draw a tulip leaf & stem

1. Tulips have strong stems, with one long leaf. Draw a long line down from the flower.

How to draw a tulip stem

How to draw a tulip leaf

How to shade & color a tulip

The BEST part: COLOR! Use any color you want, Artist!

Artists Tip: Adding different shades of the same color will help to make it look more realistic.

Remember to thicken the stem line as your add color.

How to color a tulip

There you go. You’ve done it – A Tulip! Now you could draw an entire tulip field if you want. 

Let’s see what else we can draw together… perhaps we could draw a sun to grow our new tulip flower. 

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