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How to Draw a Sunflower

On this page you will find two methods on how to draw a sunflower. Try both methods and decide which one is easiest for you to achieve great results.

In addition, on this page you will find PDF files with this lesson and additional materials that will help you learn drawing a sunflower and have fun.

How to draw a Sunflower
How to draw a Sunflower step by step

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Basic Information on How to Draw a Sunflower

The sunflower is a very bright and beautiful plant. The sunflower is associated with summer, sun and a carefree mood. In addition to aesthetic pleasure, sunflower is also very useful in practical terms. Its seeds are high-calorie and nutritious food. Sunflower oil is an essential ingredient in almost any organic salad.

Also, a sunflower is a great drawing object. It is a very simple but beautiful flower. Sunflowers can be found in hundreds of different works of art, such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series.

You can paint this without unnecessary details and complications, regardless of your level of artistic skill.

As I said above, I will show you two methods of drawing a sunflower. These methods are quite different from each other, but in the end you will see very similar results.

In the first method I used more construction lines, which are erased in the final steps. In the second example I used fewer auxiliary lines. There we will draw the petals layer by layer.

Of course, this is a drawing lesson for children. This means that I tried not to add too many details. But at the end of the step I will tell you how to make your sunflower drawing more dimensional and realistic.

So, which of these two methods is easier? Which one suits you best? Go through both of them, and write to me about it in the comments below the article.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Steps on How to Draw a Sunflower

Time needed: 25 minutes

How to draw a sunflower

  1. Draw the basis shape.

    Depict a large circle at the top of the paper. This will be the outline of the plant’s flower. Don’t try to make this circle too dark and contrasty.
    Drawing the basic outlines of the sunflower

  2. Add a small circle.

    This circle defines the inside of the flower. To be more precise, this circle separates the petals from the part of the flower where the seeds grow.
    how to draw a sunflower for kids

  3. Draw the center of the flower

    Try to make these arms as smooth and symmetrical as possible. The mirror will help you understand how correctly you drew everything.
    adding the core

  4. Draw the petals of the sunflower.

    These elongated triangles should be located between the circles from the first and second steps. All petals should be the same size and located at the same distance from each other.
    drawing sunflower petals

  5. Add another layer of petals.

    The central parts of the petals are overlapped by the petals from the previous step. Try to ensure that all parts are the same distance from each other.
    adding sunflower petals

  6. Draw the stem.

    To do this, use a simple vertical line. Don’t try to draw a perfectly straight line. Slight bends are fine here.
    drawing the sunflower stem

  7. Draw the leaf of the sunflower.

    First draw two curved lines to represent the outline of the leaf. Next, draw the central part. You can add a couple more leaves of your choice.
    drawing the leaf

  8. Add the final details.

    Draw the outlines of the large, oily sunflower seeds. Don’t try to get too detailed in this part. Follow the example below.
    final touches

  9. Color the sunflower drawing.

    Paint the flower petals in shades of yellow and the center in brown. Next, proceed to the stem using green color as in my drawing.
    How to draw a Sunflower

Additional Content

At the end of the sunflower drawing tutorial, I suggest you download a PDF file. This way you can always come back to this lesson and repeat it even if you don’t have Internet access.

Alternative Method of Drawing a Sunflower

So, here is the second way to draw a sunflower. As you can see, here we practically do not use auxiliary lines. First I draw the core of the sunflower, then gradually draw the petals one by one. At the end I draw the stem and leaf as I did in the first tutorial.

how to draw a simple sunflower step by step


So, as you can see, the same result can be achieved by a variety of methods. You can use both the first method and the second, but under any circumstances you must remember the basic things.

When drawing things like a sunflower, you have to keep proportionality and symmetry in mind. The design should not be crooked or asymmetrical.

And after you’ve finished and got a beautiful sunflower drawing, you can try adding shadows and highlights to it to make it more dimensional and interesting.

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