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4 Easy Plants To Draw For Beginners

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Plants have a calming effect on almost everybody and even drawing them is a great way of learning and improving drawing skills. All the different shapes, forms, and sizes of plants provide us artists at every learning level with almost endless opportunities to draw. Nevertheless, there is one question many people have been asking me recently.

What are easy plants to draw for beginners?

The following list consists of appropriately easy plants to draw for beginners:

1. Tulip

2. Cannabis Leaf

3. Cactus

4. Sunflower

If you continue reading you will learn all the easy steps to draw these four plants. Yes, it will be super easy and even if you're a complete beginner or have never even touched a pencil, you can still draw these four great plants.

I. The 6 Best Choices Explained

In this article, you won't get a further overview of the following subheadings of this first subheading because the bolded answer paragraph above will serve as an overview of this first section. We will go over my 6 favorite plants to draw for beginners step by step.

Look at the top of this post for an overview.

These five plants are sorted from very easy to a little bit advanced starting with the easiest possible option of all of them on spot number one. From that starting point, we will work ourselves towards number five getting a little more difficult with every plant.

1. Tulip

The tulip is the plant I chose to be in the first spot on this list for a reason. I remember in kindergarten the tulip was the only plant I was able to draw correctly and I found this plant very beautiful although it is that simple to draw it.

Anyways, this is my personal opinion. Throughout this list, you can definitely notice another plant that you find to be easier than the tulip. Nevertheless, I think that all of these examples are great choices for beginners to draw.

Step 1: The Stalk

At first, you will want to draw the stalk of your tulip which is a step where you can be very free since it is not much you can actually do wrong here. It is merely about drawing two almost parallel lines that should be slightly bent in one direction to make it look as natural as possible.

I don't think you have ever seen any flower in your life that had a perfectly straight stalk, have you? So, draw these two lines at first with them being close at the top and then diverging from one another the further you get to the bottom of your paper.

Step 2: The Blossom

The probably most essential part of every flower is, of course, its blossom and drawing the crown-like blossom of a simple tulip is very easy. You can also do very few things wrong with this step, to be honest.

The very first thing you will want to do is to imagine that you're drawing a very high bowl as simple as that. Be sure to not make the blossom too slim and orientate yourself on the bowl comparison.

Make sure to draw three tips at first and then two further ones in the background in between the gaps of the first three tips. Look at the image below to see exactly what I mean by that. Add another few lines to indicate the voluminosity of the blossom.

Step 3: The Leaves

One last thing you need to add is the leaves on the side of the stalk to make your tulip complete. It looks easy at first but just as with the stalk you need to have at least a little bit of a feeling for your drawing tool. In any case, I always recommend drawing beginners to start with some warm-up exercises or beginner practices.

If you click on that link above you will be directed to a thorough article on the 10 best first exercises for drawing beginners to get into that type of art.

Coming back to drawing the leaves of your tulip now. In contrast to many leaves of common trees or bushes, the leaves of the tulip are very pointy and long. You will want to draw them only slightly wider than the stalk. Additionally, they are not completely straight but a little curvy instead. Look at the image below to get the idea.

2. Cannabis Leaf

The cannabis leaf is a beautiful leaf from a very beautiful looking plant. It is a little harder and more time consuming than drawing a tulip but still pretty easy to draw in general. That's why the cannabis leaf is number two on this list.

Because many things will be the same or at least similar to the steps above we will keep it much shorter than before. I will also link to more in-depth tutorials for this cannabis leaf and the other following plants.

Step 1: The Stalk

Drawing the stalk is basically exactly the same as in the previous example of drawing a stalk with only one slight difference. The stalk can be drawn completely straight since in nature these plants often have straight stalk leading to the leaves.

The fact, that the stalk becomes thicker the farther away still remains the same with the cannabis leaf as well so make sure your two stalk lines are not entirely parallel but diverging slightly from one another.

Step 2: The Leaves

As you maybe already know, cannabis leaves have five to seven leaves on one main leaf depending on the size of the individual main leaf. Start with five or seven lines equally distanced from each other. Two or four of them can be slightly directed towards the bottom of your paper.

Step 3: The Details

Just as with the tulip you can now add some additional small lines to make your drawing complete. These lines will make it look less flat and more natural since every leaf in nature has some flaws and many many lines on them.

For a more thorough tutorial on drawing a cannabis leaf, you can check out another website page on drawing plants by clicking here.

3. Cactus

The cactus belongs to the family of succulents which means that it contains parts consisting of a lot of water inside of them. The aloe plants are other possible examples of succulents. A simple cactus is very easy to draw and for that reason also part of this list of easy plants to draw for beginners.

Step 1: The Pot

I always like to start with a pot because I think a cactus in a pot looks less lonely than a cactus somewhere in the empty desert. To draw a pot you don't need to pay attention to a lot of things and most of it should be clear but let me tell you one or two tips.

Clearly, you can't add a pot to any of the flowers mentioned in this article. The hibiscus plant and the cannabis leaf wouldn't be found alone in a pot.

At first, let me tell you that you shouldn't draw the bottom line completely flat. It will look more realistic if you draw it slightly bent convexly to the bottom. Also, the upper few centimeters of a pot are very often a little bit wider than the rest of the soil holder.

Step 2: The Body

You can start to draw the actual cactus by drawing a basic cylinder with a hemisphere on top of it. Additionally to that, you can attach one—or even better—two further "branches" on the sides of the main body.

Step 3: The Spines

Adding the spines as the most important detail to your cactus at the end is more difficult than it sounds. Of course, it is extremely easy if you draw just random lines that are approximately equally long but if you want to be a little closer to the reality you should do this.

Add vertical lines with similarily big gaps between them. Don't forget the little branches on the side. Now, you can add you tiny spines to your cactus by drawing some of them close and some of them directly on these lines.

All of them should either look as if they were growing towards the sky and not down to the earth or you create little stars of spines pointing in all different directions as seen in the picture below.

For a more thorough tutorial on drawing a cactus, you can check out another website page on drawing plants by clicking here. Be aware that this tutorial will differ from my instructions on this page of the Mac H. - Creative website.

4. Sunflower

The sunflower is one of the most beautiful flowers of all of them worldwide in my personal opinion. They remind me of my father who loved these kinds of flowers so much that he would almost always have some at home on the balcony.

Step 1: The Blossom

This flower is the only flower from this list you should start to draw by drawing the blossom at first before adding a stalk. The easiest way to start this is by drawing a simple circle and then adding the additional leaves of the blossom around that circle.

Step 2: The Stalk

Here you can literally copy the first step from the tulip instruction. Draw two lines that are almost parallel but not entirely. They can again be curved but as you maybe know, sunflowers often also have very straight and thick stalks. It's your decision.

Step 3: The Leaves

The leaves of a sunflower often look like a heart when you look at them upside down and can be drawn just like that. Maybe remember that sunflower leaves are pretty big on often even bigger than the middle circle of the blossom.

For a more thorough tutorial on drawing a sunflower, you can check out another website page on drawing plants by clicking here.

As a very last tip for you, I want to recommend a cool drawing site. If you want to step up your drawing game and if you're interested in drawing realistically (almost anything and also flowers) you should definitely check out onlineartlessons!

You can get many drawing tutorials for free there and they are very easy to follow. If you click the link above you will be directed to their website in a new tab. You can also get there by clicking this link:

IV. Related Question

1. What Is The Easiest Animal To Draw?

Many drawing artists agree on birds being easier to draw than other animals since they don't have complicated legs and not four as most animals do but only two simply structured legs and feet. Also, the rest of a bird is mostly easy to draw and can be sketched starting with basic shapes such as circles.

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