Drawing Flowers - Where to Start
To begin with, you need a good subject or model. Drawing from life is ideal, as you can visualize the form and change the lighting and arrangement as you wish. I usually take a photograph as well, because light changes and flowers wilt. Choose a bloom with even color and a good, clear shape to make your job easier. For this example I chose a tea rose with a partly open bloom, which seemed to lend itself to line drawing
Paper for Flower Drawing
The "support" or paper you choose for your drawing can make all the difference. A heavyweight watercolor paper is ideal for ink drawing. Regular drawing paper, preferably cotton rather than wood pulp, may also be used - test a sample to see whether your chosen paper will allow the ink to 'bleed' into its fibers. Pure white paper looks crisp, while a creamy tone adds warmth. Softer dip-pens and fiber tips work well with textured paper which adds interest, as in this example; if using a hard-tipped drafting pen, a smoother surface will look better.
Pens for Flower Drawing
A traditional dip pen, as used in this rose sketch, allows variation in line, which adds interest and elegance to the drawing. Drafting pens can look rather mechanical, as they give a very definite line with no variation in weight (thickness). This can look very effective however, particularly if you are able to use a very smooth, continuous, confident line.
Flower Drawing Tips:
If you aren't confident with pen, try drawing a very light sketch in pencil first, then doing the ink line. You may choose to use a very even, regular line weight for a crisp, illustrative look. Alternatively vary the weight, lifting the pen for a lighter line where the petal curves away from you.
Step By Step Flowers in Ink Tutorials:
Draw a Rose in Fiber Tip Pen
Sketch a Rose Using Computer Graphics
Draw a White Lotus in 'Digital Ink'
Draw a Rose in Colored Pencil