Learn how to draw a poppy using this simple drawing tutorial filled with basic tips and techniques. Poppies are colorful flowers mostly associated to the 1st world war. Indeed, they are often used to commemorate soldiers who died during this event. In this lesson, I will show you how to create a simple poppy using mostly curved lines and simple effects.
First, let's draw the petals using a few curved lines like shown in the illustration below. The center of the flower is also filled with an irregular shape.
Next, add plain colors to the petals and the center of the flower. This plant is usually red, so make sure you are using a subtle tone of this color to fill in the shapes.
Time to add some effects using your vector application. The outline of the center of the flower must be blurred. On the petals, you can add two colors using the gradient fill tool to create a subtle shadow near the center.
Next, add a large bright shape on each petal (blue outlines are only added to help you see the shapes that need to be added). Next, blur the outlines and use transparency to partially hide all these new shapes.
When you are finished, you can duplicate all petals and slightly reduce the size of all new shapes. These new elements must be filled with a brighter version of the red color used to color the petals.
Cool. Now it's time to work in the middle of our illustration. Draw a small circular shape filled with a green color. Use a circular gradient fill inside this shape to create a strong shadow. Finally, add a few small green lines around this sphere.
Complete this lesson by sketching a few curved lines on all petals like displayed below. The goal is to end up with a subtle effect, so use a color close to the one used to color all petals.
Nice work! The illustration is now completely finished! Of course, you can always create this flower using pencils or markers, but using a vector application is much easier. Don't hesitate to try more flowers from the same series! :)