How to Draw An Orchid

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Learn how to draw an orchid made from beautiful effects and colors. In this simple drawing lesson, I will help you draw a cartoon orchid made from long curved lines and filled with complex effects and colors. Remember that this tutorial was designed for vector software owners. 

Don't worry! You can still draw a superb orchid using only pencils and markers if you prefer. You will need more time to achieved the same result, but you can definitely do it! :)

How to draw an orchid

Step 1

Great! Let's begin this lesson with the creation of the flower using colored outlines. First, draw two large petals on each sides of the illustration. Then, create a third petal on top. Finally, add two more petals on the bottom of the orchid. The middle part is more complex, so using the image below as a reference is a good idea! :)

How to draw an orchid

Step 2

Next, add some colors inside each petals as shown on the image below. Remember that the outlines are not black, but also filled with dark colors. Let's proceed with the next step! :)

How to draw an orchid

Step 3

Every vector application comes with the possibility to apply a second color to an object using the gradient fill tool. For the five petals, use a linear fill by making sure that the middle of the cartoon orchid is darker. For the center of the flower (the red section), you can use a circular fill. 

How to draw an orchid

Step 4

Good! It's time to create darker areas to give more depth and volume to this beautiful illustration. On the two petals in front, draw an irregular shape that is darker. Use transparency to partially hide these shapes. 

Next, draw a long circular line on the petal located on top. Once again, make this shape darker and use transparency to hide the top part. Use the same technique on the bottom. Finally, draw two small dark shapes on the center of the orchid. 

How to draw an orchid

Step 5

Now that darker areas are created, we also need to sketch new shapes to illustrate areas filled with lighter colors. Duplicate all petals and filled these new shapes in white. Then, reduce the size of these shapes and apply some transparency. Repeat the same steps to add a new shape on the center of the orchid. 

How to draw an orchid

Step 6

Draw a few lines on the three petals located on top of the orchid. Make sure these lines are pointed and filled with a light pink color. 

How to draw an orchid

Step 7

Finally, you can add a few bright lines to enhance this illustration even more. Most of these lines are near the outlines without touching them. 

How to draw an orchid

This lesson on how to draw an orchid is now finished! :)

Nice job! Now you know how to draw an orchid using great shapes, fun colors and cool effects. You can also try a cute tulip, a fun cactus or a colorful cherry blossom. Enjoy these tutorials! :)

How to draw an orchid


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