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How to draw a flower illustration

How to draw a flower illustration

I will introduce you how to draw a flower illustration.

A flower illustration is often used in design. It can be used for a background, a cut line, as a small accent and such.

A flower illustration is often used for a small use. It would be inefficient if you always had to draw it with a pen tool. You need a trick to make it fast and easy.

You first start by (1) drawing an oval shape, rotate it and copy, then (2) the illustration is completed by copying a minimized flower picture inside. You will be able to do it within a few minutes once you master the steps. Let’s start making it step by step.

Step01 Drawing an oval which becomes the base of the petals

Draw an arbitral oval using the oval tool.

This oval becomes the base of the petals. Narrow ovals make sharp petals and broad ovals make stubby petals. Imagine a flower you would like to create when you draw an oval.

Step02 Effects -> Warps and Envelopes -> Warp

Select the oval using the select tool. Click effects -> warps and envelops -> warp.

Step03 Create a flower by rotating and copying the oval

With the warp effect, configure as shown above. Click OK.

Do not forget to click under the intermediate point.
(The image above describes that you need to rotate the ovals 36° each and copy them 9 times under the intermediate point.)

A flower shape is displayed.

Step04 Making a flower by dividing the appearance

Select the oval and click Object -> Divide Appearance.

The shape is divided.

(This part is a little tricky. The image shows left only looks flower like because it is under “effect” but it actually is just an oval. By dividing the appearance, the shape is modified into a flower. For further information, please refer to What’s the “appearance” and what does it mean to divide it?)

Now you have the exterior part of the flower! The only thing you need to do now is adding a minimized flower inside.

Step05 Copy a minimized flower inside

Select the flower. Click Object -> Warp -> Warp Individually.

Configure as shown above and click Copy.

Now you have a 60% minimized flower copied inside the flower.The illustration is complete by painting the flower inside (the sample is painted white).

Voila!

How to draw a flower illustration

You have created a simple flower illustration.

This is a very simple flower illustration but you can apply it for various designs. You can spread them after changing the size and the color. You can also save it in the brush section. Please be creative and explore.

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