I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but in case you don’t know, I love spring flowers. And where I live in south Wales, we see lots of different kinds: hyacinths, bluebells, tulips… and the one that might just be my favourite, the daffodil. So today, I thought I’d show you how to draw a daffodil.
Although it looks pretty complicated, since the shape of it is a little different to the standard daisy-type flower shape, it’s actually deceptively easy. Saying that, it’s a good idea to draw your lines lightly at first so you can redo them if you need to.
If you want to take a look at the reference photo I based this drawing on, it’s here.
How To Draw A Daffodil Step-By-Step
- Sketchbook or other paper
- Coloured pencils/markers/watercolour pencils to colour it (optional)
- A black pen for the outline (optional)
Start off by drawing the large circle that makes the opening of the “trumpet” in the centre of the flower. Don’t worry about drawing a smooth, even circle — the good thing is that a wobbly line looks more natural!
Draw a backwards C just to the right of the first circle, to make the base of the trumpet where it joins the rest of the flower. This puts the flower head at a slight angle, which helps with perspective.
We’re now going to sketch in the six petals, which are basically a curved V-shape (upside down, right way up, or on its side, depending on which petal you’re drawing). Four of them are very slightly larger than the other two, to allow for perspective. The petal on the left and the one on the lower left are the smaller ones. Draw them all in, overlapping them slightly.
We need to add a few finishing touches now. Start by adding a simple stem made up of two parallel lines and a couple of leaves. Daffodil leaves are long and thin, finishing in a point.
Add a soft line down the centre of each petal, starting at the point and finishing roughly halfway down. Draw a line on either side of this central line, but this time, start each one at the base of the petal and go up a short way.
Add in the stamen by drawing three or four lines with a little dot on the end in the centre of the trumpet. Finally, to give it a bit of shape, add a few longer lines running from the end of the trumpet down inside and lots of shorter ones around the opening.
Step Four (optional)
So you’ve learnt how to draw a daffodil and your pencil drawing is done. You now have the option of colouring it and/or going over the outline with a black pen. It’s entirely up to you!