Lesson: Painting Different Flower Perspectives

hey everyone and welcome back to another video today I'm going to show you an easy way to draw different perspectives of flowers so let's do it before we get into that I'd love to give a huge shout out to Skillshare for sponsoring this video Skillshare is an online learning community for creators with more than 25,000 classes in design and business and more at under $10 a month it's insanely affordable and with a Premium Membership you can get unlimited classes so you can join classes and communities that are just right for you whenever you want however many you want so whether you want to fuel your curiosity creativity or even career skill share is the perfect place for you to keep learning I'm checking out Sofia Chang's course on building a digital brand and so far it's been amazing and looking around there are thousands of classes for pretty much anyone to learn anything so if you want to check it out use the link in the description below okay so to start I'm just gonna go through my materials I have my cans and watercolor pad I have my Windsor Newton common watercolors and my prints and snap brush and a size 10 my water and my paper towel and we're ready to go okay so I'm gonna be doing three different views of a flower and hopefully explaining it in a way that is simple enough for it for it hopefully in a way that is simple enough for you to kind of just get it and understand and feel comfortable creating flowers this way I hope that made sense okay so the most general common view that we have is the good old top-down version where that Center is straight in the middle and you have your petals going around evenly you know they're all the same length and size ish and that's the easy kind of top-down way that we usually do our florals okay but now we want to think what if we want to put it instead of it being top-down so pretend the center's right there we want it to slightly turn to the side okay once we do that the view of these petals over here all of a sudden become longer and the ones over here it becomes shorter so in order to do that I'm gonna put my middle here again and then the way it's pointing so say it's starting to point that way you're gonna have the petals on this side longer okay maybe you have three or so petals okay and then the petals that are on this side are gonna be shorter and fatter cuz you're just kind of seeing the tips maybe you can just do like even short little curves there okay and you can just darken it up a bit and parts sorry like that and that automatically changes the perspective of your flower now another view of this is complete side view where you won't see the middle and those are fairly easy because what you're doing is you're just basically creating a couple of these petals so let's just create one and then maybe two and this one's kind of behind okay and then that's an easy side view very very simple another way you can think of this is that almost every flower is a circle okay so I'm just gonna draw circle here so this I'm gonna show you the top down view again you usually put that middle right in the center of that circle and then you have those petals going out correct they're all hitting that edge of the circle like that now what I want you to think of when doing this view it's all you're gonna do is you're gonna pick a point where you're gonna put that Center so usually the center is right in the middle you were going to shift it down to the side somewhere okay so let's say it's down here and you just do the same things with your petals so you're gonna have your long petals right curving like this okay and then they're shorter on this side and that's all by changing the placement of the center of that flower and it gives a different perspective and especially when you're doing like a bouquet composition or you're having flowers you don't always want that top-down view you know you want some off to the sides so say if you have some pointing this way and you want some pointing this way all you have to do is shift that center of that sort of that flower over here long petals this way and you're good to go and you can just use that method for flowers going out all around and then pop some of these side ones in there too and you have yourself a bouquet okay so now what we're gonna do is we're actually gonna test out this this method by creating a bouquet I'm gonna use my arches watercolor paper because it is better quality and it will make it look a little better I will use a pencil to sketch out some of those flowers very very lightly just to show you so let's just place our flowers to start so let's have one of those flowers that are top down the top down view okay and that could be like right close to the center and just slightly off-center okay and then we're gonna do another circle where we're gonna have another flower and we could do them smaller larger whatever you want right and they can overlap each other – okay so this one is kind of will relax and I'm just going to take my eraser just erase those lines gently I don't want this to be I don't want them to be seen underneath the flowers but I just wanted to do the circles just to give you an idea of how to work this out okay so we have our one in the middle here I'm actually gonna use pink because I like pink better maybe I'll do some Purple's do so this one smack dab in the middle top-down view okay if you would like to do the center after – more like prominent you can I just like to touch it so going out to those corners sorry the edge of the circle I gently touched the center just to get a little bit of that color bleed don't make this really bright and this works for those like thinner petals – and if you're getting too much yellow into your paddle let's just go back over it with pink if you want you can go back over all of this don't feel like you're just stuck with it you can always do another layer I suggest you try and leave white space in between the petals and maybe even in between here so it's just not one big blob I'm gonna drop some darker color like that okay so here we have our first flower and is that typical top-down view there we go now here I'm gonna actually slightly change the color oh there was green in that that's okay I'm going to slightly change the color by adding yellow to make more of a coral flower but now we're going to change the perspective of this one okay I don't want it to be a top-down view I want it to be slightly facing up so I'm going to take my Center and I'm just going to move it down here like that then we're gonna go to those outer corners or the outer edge there's no corners in a circle Emma it's all good you know what I mean yeah go out to the edge of those circles like so leave some of those white spaces if you can close to the center so again it doesn't look like just one big blob okay and that's slightly a tilted perspective there okay I'm just gonna go back in with some dark color I can go back in with the yellow after two okay that one's slightly tilted I'm gonna do another one this one's gonna be a bit more Orange II okay and if you really want to see those centers you can tack your yellow in there okay I'm gonna do my center this one up here I want to point that way so I'm gonna bring the center way down this time so it's more of a side view get some of those petals in there just touching the edges of that circle don't feel like it has to be a perfect circle the edge either like you can make it all curved sorry that one's starting to make a funky pattern and then when you get down here it's really short because it's just that little side view like that okay and that one looks like it's more open okay I'm gonna go back in with some darker color like that okay and you just kind of keep doing this all around okay I'm gonna do another kind of coral one now also if you're getting some of these funky patterns here that means that there's just a lot of wet paint running into paint that's not completely dried not completely white yet so you could always just go like this and blend it out of it if that's something that bothers you it really doesn't matter to me and if you don't like how this yellow was like bleeding out so much you can always just add more pink here you know what I mean just wet wet it back up like that okay let's do an almost side view here actually okay so here's our circle I'm gonna go right over to the side this one is almost painting – painting pointing directly to this side okay I'm gonna do smaller petals actually just touching the edge on that circle going all around just like that side almost a side view I'm gonna do another one down here and do an orange just spreading out those colors this one's going to be pointing down so the longer petal is going to be here so this middle is up here nice long petals now obviously I'm doing the same kind of flower for this bouquet usually I don't usually I mix it up and then okay sorry before I keep talking about that the short petals would be behind this pink one so you're not even really gonna create those petals you're just gonna kind of just fill it in just a little bit behind okay because those short sides are directly behind that penguin because we overlapped that circle like that and then I'll do one last one down here maybe I'll just do a very light pink again pointing down now you wouldn't have any of the flowers on the outer bit pointing up right when you have a bouquet it's kind of like the center and then everything kind of points out and down right not you're not gonna have all the flowers like this and then one pointing up that would just be kind of odd just keep that in mind so really you want the centers closest to the middle that helps I'm gonna do some more of those little thinner kind of almost like Daisy type petals okay like that tada and then I'm just gonna create some of those sideview ones so really you're just making a petal to the side here panel just one petal almost okay and it's just almost like fillers and now you can go back in with your greens so I have a bunch of blues here mixed but I don't really mind they mix with green to get kind of like a turquoise II bright green color for this this is a very bright bouquet anyway and I'm just gonna pull up in some some leaves filling up some of those little white gaps okay you can switch up the colors of green you have just to make it more interesting to look at and I personally like when my greenery touches a bit of my my petals and they bleed into each other I just like the way that looks now just looking back at it things I would have done differently I think I would have done a lighter wash of all of these flowers just so I could have better contrast when dropping the darker colors in I think it just looks better when you do that so keep that in mind okay and if you really want you can go in there with some dark green just to add some more contrast I really like mixing greens especially in a bouquet just gives it something interesting to look at you know it makes some of the pieces pop of it like that okay now we're gonna wait for this to dry and then we're gonna do a little bit of detail on top if you'd like to keep it like this where it's more of a loose floral bouquet by all means keep it just like this but I'm just gonna wait for it to dry and I'm gonna show you a little details that you can just make it pop a little bit more okay so now that my piece is completely dry I'm just gonna add another layer of just a few details just because as you see some of these centers they really bled into the petals which I don't mind but I just want to sharpen them up a bit so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take some of my yellow ochre color which is a darker yellow and I'm just going to go on top here and just sharpen up those Centers of these flowers you could even just do it with like I have the cadmium yellow because that's still gonna be darker than how it dried okay just Todd's just sharpening that up okay couldn't even add a little bit of brown in there if you like to get a bit of shadow okay and then on some of the pedals if you really like you know you can create some lines just going from the center out and try and do a light wash don't put too much paint on your paintbrush just because then it might be a bit too dark you can always go darker but you can't really always go lighter especially with watercolor right because we don't well I don't use white watercolor paint to cover up things I just use a lighter wash when I want something to be later okay and then especially with these ones these ones that had the the mm thinner I thought what I can't think of words the thinner petals you can even go on top of them again just to make them a bit sharper if you like or it just makes it look like there's more of them okay those really short ones towards the bottom okay just makes it a little bit brighter that you just drop a little bit of dark color and those two because they're wet okay taking some of your orange so making bunch color again to do some lines on this one try and make a lighter wash just so it doesn't go crazy can go around the edges of some of them if you want and it just adds a little bit of detail and if you feel like doing some something similar with your leaves maybe you want to add some lines so you're just taking a really loose watercolor piece and just adding a bit of more detail so it looks a bit more structured yeah there you go there is your bouquet using the simple method of learning different perspectives and positions of flowers I hope that makes sense sometimes my brain doesn't make sense but yeah I hope you guys enjoyed it thanks for watching thank you guys so much for watching my video I really hope you liked it and I hope you learned something don't forget to subscribe to this channel and follow me on Instagram for more

28 Replies to “Lesson: Painting Different Flower Perspectives”

  1. Hi Emma this is a brilliant lesson on flowers in different views. Your explanation is spot on for beginners like me. I hope you are going to do more of this type of lesson in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This was so helpful and I know will improve my flowers! It’s amazing how the simple details at the end really brought it all together. Love these tracing videos. I would love to see hints for backgrounds. I don’t always do them, but it really adds to the painting sometimes. I’m just not good at them.

  3. Thank you ! thank you! This was fabulous!, It helped me so much! Your tutorials are so wonderful!
    Please don’t stop!

  4. Emma, your videos are always so inspiring and informative. Great tip about changing the perspective of the flower by moving the center within a circle! I really like hearing you explain your thoughts as you're working. Thank you!

  5. Awesome job explaining the concept and how to implement it. I usually forget to draw guidelines and my work suffers, no more I hope!!

  6. Thank you so much, Emma!! I love watching tutorials when techniques are actually explained!! You are such a great teacher and I always love watching your videos!! I also love seeing your beautiful baby boy!!!

  7. Well well well girlfriend. Wish I'd sat next to you in crafts class in high school! Lol. Emma, you have completely demystified the floral perspective for me, after I've suffered for 2 years NOT knowing how. The light circles were a stroke of genius! Thank you! I'll be practicing this all weekend and it still won't look like yours, but! That's why we all paint differently! Thank you SOOOO much again for all you do! You have simplified watercolor to the point of me feeling positive about my talent. 🙂

  8. Thank you for taking the time to do these tutorials; I know you're super busy with your little cutie pie! They are immensely helpful, and I always look forward to you posting them.

  9. Thank you! Love the technique ! Will definitely be experimenting …I followed along with brush pens and love the result using this method! Appreciated!

  10. Love your videos. Just started to attempt watercoloring and you were my first teacher. You make it simple and loose and easy to follow. By the way, I have had a bad nervous habit of clearing my throat too often and have developed Disphonia which is a speech condition that they don’t have a cure for. I have had allergies all my life which I blame for it. I wish I could stop it and have tried many ways through meditating and yoga, voice exercises and it still gets the best of me. Hope this comment is helpful and not hurtful because I just love you as a person and a teacher. Your work is beautiful love, from Florida…..

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