I will show you how to create a lotus flower drawing using simple shapes and fun colors. Although the result might seem impressive, drawing this flower using a vector application is really an easy task once you are familiar with all the tools available.
Most effects are very simple to achieved. Today's software are quite powerful and creating an illustration like this one can be done within minutes (well, a few of them!). Let me show you how to draw a cartoon lotus in just seven simple steps.
First, you can sketch all shapes needed to illustrate this colorful flower. Many petals are needed. The center of the flower is quite particular, so don't hesitate to look at the drawing below to have an accurate guideline.
Time to add some colors. The center of the lotus drawing is filled with a rich yellow color. The petals are colored in pink. A little bit of green is needed on the bottom of this cartoon lotus.
Great! Let's start adding some cool effects. First, use the gradient fill tool to add a second color on all shapes of this cartoon flower. The tip of each petal must be filled with a darker color.
Next, to create something even more appealing, duplicate each petal and reduce the size of these new shapes. Then, add a darker color on all shapes and use transparency to partially hide the bottom part.
This is the result once you are done with the previous step.
Next, you can draw new shapes on areas that are logically hidden from the light source. These new shapes are used to create darker areas on various places on this lotus flower.
As you can see below, some petals are hidden other petals. That's why shapes drawn in the previous step are so important.