How to draw orchids — Colored pencil tutorial

How to draw orchids — Colored pencil tutorial


Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. Today I will show you how to draw some orchids. There are wide variety of orchids out there,
but I am going to be drawing the most common variety with a central petal and 5 surrounding
petals. Art supplies used for this tutorial are Prismacolor
pencils and Strathmore 400 series smooth bristol. The colors are listed below in the description. I am starting off with an outline as usual. As you can see I have already drew a branch
using a few pencil lines. Now I am going to draw some flowers on them. These flowers have a central petal pointing
downwards. So I will draw it first. Its fairly small compared to other petals
but it is oddly shaped with a scalloping edge. Then there are two large petals on each sides. We can draw them easily using a pear shape. When drawing these petals, you have to consider
the direction of the flower also. When we are looking straight at them we can
draw them easily with two similar petals on each sides. But most of the time we will have to adjust
the shape according to the flower position. Drawing using a reference can make things
easier. After drawing these two petals, there are
3 more petals behind them. They are usually narrow and has a pointy tip. You have to adjust their shape according to
the position of the flower too. And for the flower buds you can use a simple
pear shape. You can download the completed outline from
the link given below if you want but I recommend drawing it yourself. Now we can start coloring the flowers. To make it simple I am only using a few colors
here. You don’t have to use the exact colors I
am using, you can just pick a similar color from your preferred brand of pencils. Here I am starting off with the stalk using
some peacock green and dark grey. Here the stalk is mostly away from light because
of the flowers. So I am using 90% cool gray to darken that
green. We can burnish it later to make the edges
clean. Now I am drawing the central part of the flower. Its mostly consists of the colors magenta
dark purple and yellow. Just use some magenta and dark purple towards
the center and yellow towards the periphery and you are good to go. Now we will use the color hot pink for drawing
the other petals. These petals are mostly pink but it has some
white areas as well. So I will just use hot pink as the base color
and then we can use a white pencil for the lighter areas. These petals are pinkish towards the periphery
and whitish towards the center. So use more layers of pink towards the periphery
and less towards the center. You can even use some magenta for the really
dark areas. I am mostly using the layering method I mentioned
in my blending tutorial for this part. You can watch it from the card above if you
haven’t watched it already. After drawing all the petals you can now start
burnishing it with a white pencil. For that you just have to use a white pencil
and blend the colors with some pressure. These petals are having a central white area
and pink color towards the periphery. But its also having a thin line of white near
the edge of the petals. We can draw it using a white pencil by applying
some pressure. This way you can complete all the petals. Just try to make it as smooth as possible. For the buds I am using some yellowish brown
colors. Here I am using the color artichoke from Prismacolor. You can also mix some pinks and grays for
making it a bit more natural. Now we have almost finished the drawing but
right now it looks very flat. For making the drawing a bit more natural
we have you draw the shadows as well. For drawing the shadows I am using 30% and
50% French grays. You should use a sharp point always and use
the layering method to draw the shadows. First you have to draw a base coat using 30%
French gray. Then you can gradually layer with the same
color so as to get a gradation from darker to ligher color. Darker color should be towards the flowers. You can use 50% French gray to make it even
darker. Notice that the flowers near the wall has
a small shadow and the flowers farther away from the wall has a large and diffuse shadow. Also notice that the light here is coming
from upside. This way you can draw the remaining shadows
as well. So this is the final drawing after drawing
all the shadows. This drawing was very simple but very rewarding
at the same time. You can easily try this drawing on your own. So that’s all for today, thank you so much
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