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How to Draw a Carnation in a Few Simple Steps

How to Draw a Carnation in a Few Simple Steps

Do you think you can draw a carnation flower in a few steps that is also very easy to draw? 

As you can see below, you will learn how to draw a carnation in a matter of minutes!

Let’s get started!

Drawing Supplies Needed

You can use any drawing supplies to draw a carnation, but here are the best tools for drawing.

Step 1: Draw the stem for the carnation

Step 1: Draw the stem for the carnation

Starting at the bottom of the page, create two lines going upwards not too far from each other, getting wider at the top. These shouldn’t be perfectly straight.

Step 2: Draw hourglass shape

Step 2: Draw hourglass shape

Using an hourglass shape with a smaller bottom overlay on top of the end of the stem lines.

Step 3: Erase

Step 3: Erase

Erase the overlapping lines

Step 4: Sketch the carnation flower lines

Step 4: Sketch the carnation flower lines

We’re going to start building the carnation, and to do that we need to make very jagged lines all around in a circle. There should be no perfectly round shapes here, go wild!

At the same time add a little crescent moon for a leaf on the widest part of the stem.

Step 5: Repeat

Step 5: Repeat

Repeat this step on the inside of that shape we just made. Connect some of these lines with the previous shape.

Step 6: Draw more jagged lines

Step 6: Draw more jagged lines

Just as before create more jagged lines, starting to segment off parts of the largest shape.

Step 7: Repeat

Step 7: Repeat

Keep going and get creative with it! Carnations are beautiful chaos.

Step 8: Add more lines that loop around

Step 8: Add more lines that loop around

As you keep adding these lines make sure some are looped around, like in the very front. 

Step 9: Petals will start to take shape

Step 9: Petals will start to take shape

Now add some shorter and smaller lines that connect corners to other corners. you should start to see petals taking shape.

Step 10: Add thinner lines

Step 10: Add thinner lines

Add thinner lines to these shapes at strategic locations where the lines concave inwards.

Step 11: Sketch lines all over flower

Step 11: Sketch lines all over flower

Add these lines all over the flower.

Step 12: Draw leaves on stem

Step 12: Draw leaves on stem

On the stem add two more crescent moon leaves and then two stripes to the smaller bulb.

Step 13: Shade

Step 13: Shade

Shade away!

In very few steps, you can see that you have a sketch of a simple carnation. It’s easy to do and results in an amazing-looking flower. 

Thank you Carolyn for this amazing step-by-step process. Be sure to check out her social @ClazDesign if you enjoyed her illustrations. She also has some amazing prints and illustrations available in her shop.

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Draw Easy Carnation Flower Printable Guide

how to draw a carnation

Step-by-step instructions on how to draw a carnation flower.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Instructions

        1. Step 1: Draw the stem for the carnation
          Starting at the bottom of the page, create two lines going upwards not too far from each other, getting wider at the top. These shouldn't be perfectly straight.
        2. Step 2: Draw hourglass shape
          Using an hourglass shape with a smaller bottom overlay on top of the end of the stem lines.
        3. Step 3: Erase
          Erase the overlapping lines.
        4. Step 4: Sketch the carnation flower lines
          We're going to start building the carnation, and to do that we need to make very jagged lines all around in a circle. There should be no perfectly round shapes here, go wild!

          At the same time add a little crescent moon for a leaf on the widest part of the stem.
        5. Step 5: Repeat
          Repeat this step on the inside of that shape we just made. Connect some of these lines with the previous shape.
        6. Step 6: Draw more jagged lines
          Just as before creating more jagged lines, starting to segment off parts of the largest shape.
        7. Step 7: Repeat
          Keep going and get creative with it! Carnations are beautiful chaos.
        8. Step 8: Add more lines that loop around
          As you keep adding these lines make sure some are looped around, like in the very front.
        9. Step 9: Petals will start to take shape
          Now add some shorter and smaller lines that connect corners to other corners. you should start to see petals taking shape.
        10. Step 10: Add thinner lines
          Add thinner lines to these shapes at strategic locations where the lines concave inwards.
        11. Step 11: Sketch lines all over the flower
          Add these lines all over the flower.
        12. Step 12: Draw leaves on the stem
          On the stem add two more crescent moon leaves and then two stripes to the smaller bulb.
        13. Step 13: Shade
          Shade away!

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