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Draw a Daisy
draw a daisy
photo (cc) Joshua Ludwig, drawing Helen South
The classic daisy is a favorite flower to draw, and we often draw them with a simple circle and oval leaves - it's a classic simplified, symbolic flower doodle. To make your daisy drawing look a little more realistic, it helps to use a good reference photo. That way, you'll be drawing what a daisy really looks like, not what you think it looks like. Look for a clear, close-up photo. I found this lovely picture of a Daisy on Flickr, kindly made available under a Creative Commons 2.0 license by Joshua Ludwig. Joshua has it labeled 'Marguerite' Daisy, though I think it's more likely to be a Leucanthemum vulgare, or White Ox-Eye Daisy. The Marguerite has a more star-like shape. Daisies are easy to grow. You could plant some and never run out of subjects to sketch!

How to Start Drawing Your Daisy

The easiest way to begin is by drawing the center - it's almost perfectly circular, but with a bumpy edge. Make it really irregular, not zig-zagged. Then add the petals that are in front of others - the ones that you can see a complete outline of. Then add the ones that are tucked in behind those, such as the ones dotted in the example. Notice how the ends of some of the petals aren't pointy. Some will be perfectly flat, while some might be tilted slightly, so narrower, or even curled. Observe your photo and copy the shapes.

If you're going to use a Paint program....

Because I was just sketching this daisy casually, I didn't worry too much about lines meeting perfectly or overlapping. If you want to color your drawing using a computer paint program, you'll want to make sure that your lines all meet up exactly, so they will contain the 'fills'. This is called closing your polygons - the polgyon is a shape with many sides - so each petal or part of the flower is a polygon that you need to enclose in order to fill it without painting the background the same color.

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