Want to learn how to draw sunflowers? Then you have come to the right place.
Some of the most famous artists loved to draw and paint sunflowers.
Van Gogh liked them so much that he painted them 12 times!
So let’s draw some sunflowers and see how it goes.
In this tutorial you will learn how to draw three different sunflowers: a cartoon sunflower, a stylized sunflower illustration, and sunflowers in a vase.
How to draw a cute sunflower – kids tutorial
Step 1: draw a circle
Start off by drawing a circle.
Don’t worry too much if it’s not perfect.
Real sunflowers aren’t perfect, so neither does your drawing need to be.
Step 2: draw a petal
There are different ways to draw the petals.
If you look at a sunflower, you can see that the petals are actually quite pointy.
But since we are drawing a cute cartoon version, let’s make the petals round instead.
Also add a small dash in the middle of your petal.
Step 3: draw the remaining petals
Now fill up the entire circle with petals.
Don’t forget that some petals will be at the back, while other petals will be in front.
You want each petal to be roughly the same size and shape.
So to prevent your last petal from being awkwardly big or small, roughly estimate how many petals will fit in total and adjust the size of the petals accordingly.
Step 4: draw the stem
Add a stem at the bottom of your sunflower.
As you can see, I only drew the stem partially.
But you can make the stem longer and draw it all the way to the earth or a flowerpot.
Step 5: draw the eyes
To make sure your sunflower is as cute as can be, draw two big eyes with highlights.
I also added some diagonal lines to indicate a blush. I think this make it even cuter, but you can leave it out as well.
Optionally, you can also add a mouth at this step.
Step 6: add some color!
Finish your drawing by coloring or painting your sunflower.
Use lots of yellow, orange, and green to pull of a realistic look.
Or color the petals all the colors of the rainbow if that’s what you want.
How to draw an illustration of sunflowers
Step 1: draw a circle
Start off by drawing a circle using very thin lines.
Then go over the circle again with thicker lines, but make sure to use jagged lines.
The center of a sunflower is never a perfect circle. So this will make your drawing a bit more realistic.
Step 2: draw the first ring of petals
This time I decided to draw slightly longer and thinner petals.
I also drew every petal exactly next to each other. Maybe not the most realistic, but I thought it worked out well for this design.
Keep adding petals till the entire circle is covered.
If you want a more natural sunflower, you can give the petals slightly pointy ends and make them overlap slightly.
Step 3: draw the second ring of petals
Draw the second ring of sunflower petals behind the ones you already drew.
You can easily do this by adding arches between the petals.
Step 4: cross-hatch the center
If you want to draw every sunflower seed individually, then this is the time to do it!
But of course that will take for ever.
So instead you can simply add some cross-hatching. This somewhat gives the impression of seeds, without having to draw thousands of them.
Step 5: draw 2 more sunflowers
Repeat steps 1 to 4 twice to end up with a total of 3 sunflowers.
To make a nice arrangement, don’t space out your sunflowers too much.
You want them to overlap a bit to create some depth to your drawing.
Step 6: draw leafs
Don’t forget the sunflower leafs!
In this design you don’t need to draw the stems. So you can draw the leafs directly attached to sunflowers.
I decided to draw three sets of three leafs.
This gives a nice harmony with the three sunflowers.
Step 7: add some color!
Now you can finally color or paint your sunflowers.
Keep in mind that there is quite a bit of layering going on.
You have sunflowers on top of other sunflowers, and leafs on top of other leafs.
So try to add shadows where they belong.
Bonus points if you add highlights too!
How to draw sunflowers in a vase
Step 1: draw a vase
There are two ways to draw sunflowers in a vase; you can draw the sunflowers first, or you can draw the vase first.
In my opinion drawing the vase first is much easier.
I went with a pretty simple vase since I want the sunflowers to get most of the attention.
Step 2: draw the first sunflower from the front
Start drawing a sunflower from the front.
This time I decided to go with the more realistic petals that are slightly pointy.
Step 3: draw the second sunflower from the side
Then draw the second sunflower from the side.
This requires a bit of spacial thinking.
Make sure that the petals pointing away are smaller than the petals pointing towards you.
Also add a stem that goes into the vase.
Step 4: draw the third sunflower from the back
The third and last sunflower I drew from the back.
If you don’t remember how a sunflower looks like from the back, I highly recommend you look it up on google.
Basically, you have several layers of small green leafs at the center and the yellow petals on the outside.
Step 5: add some color!
Now it’s time to add some color to the masterpiece you just created.
Make sure to use a variety of yellows and oranges to make realistic petals.
To give a three-dimensional feeling to the vase, make sure to make the most out of shadows and highlights to give the impression of it being round.