The carnation is one of the most delicately beautiful flowers of them all.
These pretty flowers have many petals to create a rounded shape for them, and because of their beauty they are commonly used as corsages and for elegant occasions.
They are also wonderful to recreate in artworks, and learning how to draw a carnation is perfect for that!
This is the guide for you if you love this flower and would like to know how to recreate it.
Our step-by-step guide on how to draw a carnation will help make it fun and easy to recreate this amazing flower.
How to Draw A Carnation – Let’s Get Started!
We will start off by drawing a few petals in this first step of our guide on how to draw a carnation. As mentioned earlier in the guide, carnations are made up of lots of smaller individual petals that come together to form a rounded shape.
For now, we will be drawing three of these petals. Each one will be a unique shape, but they will all connect at a central point.
When drawing these petals, you can use some irregular bumpy lines to give some flow to the petals. Once you have drawn these petals as they appear in the reference image, you’ll be ready to move on to step 2!
Step 2 – Next, add some more petals to the carnation
You’ve drawn a few petals for your carnation drawing so far, so now you can take what you learned in the first step and start building onto the flower.
To do this, we will be building up layers for the flower by adding some more petals around the three that you already drew.
These new petals will be drawn with a similar irregular bumpy line, and once again you can also vary the shape and size of them.
Then you can finish off this step by adding some more minor line detailing to these new petals.
Step 3 – Draw many more petals for the carnation
You’ve proven yourself with drawing petals, so we will be adding loads more in this part of our guide on how to draw a carnation!
This means that you will be building up more layers by adding more and more petals. Remember that the general shape of the carnation is quite rounded, so try to keep that in mind as you draw.
The petals will get a bit larger as you near the outer edge of the flower as well.
Once you have recreated the carnation as it looks in our reference picture, be sure to add some more line detailing for the petals as you’ve been doing so far.
When you’re happy with the petals and the flower as a whole, it will be time to work on the stem and other aspects in the next few steps.
Step 4 – Next, draw the top half of the stem for your carnation drawing
You’ve finished drawing the flower, so now you can start on the stem in this part of your carnation drawing.
Carnations are known for their long, spindly stems, and that is what we will start with now. Use some curved lines with pointy tips for some small leaves below the body of the flower.
hen extend the stem down a bit, and then finally for this step you can draw some longer leaves flapping down with a rounded, almost bulbous base.
We will finish off the stem in the next step, so let’s proceed!
Step 5 – Finish off your carnation drawing
We mentioned in the previous step of this guide on how to draw a carnation that this flower has a long and thin stem, and we will finish off that aspect now.
To do this, draw two long, fairly straight lines down from the base of the upper part of the stem. These lines will go quite far down to give the stem some length.
Then, you will finish off the stem by drawing some long, curving leaves curling up at the base of the stem.
Once you have finished off the stem, you have completed this drawing! This is your chance to add some details of your own before you move on as well.
One thing to try would be to draw a background, as this would give you the perfect excuse to draw some more of your favorite flowers to create a beautiful garden!
You could also draw some bees or other garden insects enjoying their day around this amazing flower. What else can you think of to add to this drawing?
Step 6 – Finish off your carnation drawing with some color
You have now arrived at the final step of your carnation drawing. This should be a really fun step, as in this one you get to express your creativity with some amazing colors!
In our reference image, we went with some pretty reds and pinks for the petals of the flower while using some lovely greens for the stem and leaves.
The good news about carnations is that they can come in pretty much any color you can imagine. That means that you have tons of freedom with how you can color in your beautiful creation.
You can also create some stunning colors by experimenting with some awesome art mediums and tools, so have fun with it and see what you can come up with!
5 Tips To Make Your Carnation Drawing Even Better!
Make this stunning carnation sketch even more beautiful with these tips!
The carnation is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, but there are many others as well.
One way to make this carnation sketch even better would be to add some more of these flower species.
Whether it’s roses, daises or tulips, you can create a stunning arrangement around this carnation. This would be a great way to show off what all of your favorite flowers are!
Carnations will sometimes be worn at occasions like weddings and dances. This presents another way you can show this carnation drawing.
For example, you could draw the flower attached to the collar of someone wearing a fancy tuxedo.
This would be a fun way to put a twist on this page, and you can have fun designing the outfit of the person wearing it!
We mentioned that the carnation is used at several special events, and we think it would be fun to draw a background.
There are many different background settings you could use for this drawing of a carnation.
You could have it at a wedding, a dance or even just a romantic dinner! You could even base it on any occasion you’ve attended recently.
Drawing a setting is one way to do the background, but you could also make it more stylistic. For example, maybe you could paint the background in a solid color you love.
You could also use patterns and shapes to fill the background depending on your preference. What are some other ideas you have for filling the background here?
Finally, you can really bring this carnation sketch to life with the colors and mediums you use. Carnations come in many different colors, and you can also use any other colors you love.
For such a delicate flower, we normally go for watercolor paints or colored pencils to make the colors softer. That is just one way to do it, and you can also make the colors bright and bold if you prefer.
Your Carnation Drawing is Complete!
You have completed all six steps of this guide on how to draw a carnation, and hopefully you had a marvelous time recreating this gorgeous flower!
Flowers like this can be a bit tricky to draw as there are so many petals and details, so we aimed to make it fun and easy for you to do.
Now you can show off your creativity as you add your own details and elements to it. You could create a stunning background or add some unique colors and mediums to the mix for a personalized image.
Don’t forget that we have many more amazing drawing guides on our website for you to enjoy. We update the list of guides often, so be sure to keep checking in!
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