So what’s so great about creating a magnificent red hibiscus drawing? Everything! These flowers are extremely popular… truly one of the most beautiful around.
If you’ve already checked out the ‘bird’s-eye-view’ Rose Drawings lesson, then you’ll already be familiar with the idea of overlapping petals. If you haven’t, feel free to click here and take a look. Here’s why…
In a sense, this hibiscus drawing lesson is a simplified version of the Rose Drawings lesson. Similar to a rose, a hibiscus has petals that overlap. But unlike a rose, this hibiscus has five distinctly placed petals – each of relatively the same size. In a way this is an easier version of the Rose Drawings lesson.
OK, enough about roses! It’s the hibiscus’ turn to shine! Let’s begin…
First Step – Six Linked Circles
In total, there are five circles (plus one smaller one) that compose the framework for your hibiscus drawing. The bigger five become the petals while the smaller one serves as a center point from which to draw the bigger ones.
So then, go ahead and begin by drawing a small circle in the middle of your page, just like you see in the example to the left.
Once you’ve got it in place, move on to draw five bigger, interconnecting circles so that each one unites with the smaller circle in the center. Use the example to help you out, but don’t feel you need to make yours the same.
Circles in place? Great. Now before you move on, it’s a good idea to map out the position of the pistil. Do this with a couple dots and you’re ready to move forward. On we go…
Second Step – Draw Five Overlapping ‘Frilled’ Hibiscus Petals
At the beginning, I mentioned ‘overlapping petals’ like the ones in the Rose Drawings lesson. Well, here’s where it comes to be. In drawing your hibiscus, ensure that each petal you draw – similar to how a storage box is constructed — both overlaps and is overlapped.
To be more specific, each petal that you draw should overlap the petal to its right, yet be overlapped by the petal to its left. Like this…
Beginning with the bottom-most circle (or whichever one you like!), draw the first petal. Start at the center and work your way around clockwise. Be sure to draw a wavy ‘frilled-looking’ line to give it a more hibiscus-like look.
Now, as you approach the adjacent circle, be sure to terminate your line before you encroach too far into the interior towards the center. Do this so that the overlapping effect is easy to create. Pick up where you leave off by drawing the next petal – again, starting near the center.
And for the remaining petals… continue on until you complete a full circle. I’d say that at about the third petal, you’ll really start to see your hibiscus drawing ‘come to life’.
Final Step – Hibiscus Drawing Revealed!
When all your petals are finally in place, you’ve left with a really simple – and really nice-looking hibiscus drawing! But that’s not all… there’s still something else that needs to be done!
This particular hibiscus variety is known for its brilliant bright red color and so… you’ve got an excellent reason to yes — get out those pencil crayons! Check out the finished version up top for ideas of how to color yours.
As a final (and very important) touch, you’ve also got to draw the bright yellow pollen bunched up at the end of the pistil of the flower. Do this by drawing a small group of circles at the end – similar to the way grapes look on a vine. And when this is done… so are you!
Very nice work – your red hibiscus drawing is now complete and magnificent as ever!