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Welcome to the beginner-friendly guide on how to draw poppy flowers! Whether you’re new to drawing or looking to expand your floral sketching repertoire, this article is the perfect starting point.

We’ll guide you through the process of drawing poppy flowers step by step, making it easy and enjoyable. With our clear instructions, you’ll learn how to capture the delicate beauty of poppies, from their unique petal shapes to their distinctive centers.

So, gather your drawing supplies, and let’s embark on this creative journey together. By the end of this guide, you’ll be delighted with the stunning poppy flower drawings you can create!

Let's gather our supplies:

In order to be successful in the completion of the tutorials, you will need a few supplies. 

There is an option to do a simple drawing of flowers or you can follow further along and actually color the flowers in using watercolor paints. 

  1. Sketchbook: There is no right or wrong sketchbook. Depends what you like, if you are feeling fancy then you can get a Moleskine, but there are plenty of other more affordable options if you are just starting out like this one on Amazon . 
  2. Pencils:  Staedtler Mars pencils have always been my go to and favorite of all time. I have been using them since I went to art school. Some artists love to use a mechanical pencils to have thin and precise line, that is also absolutely up to you and you preference. I’d recommend this one. 
  3. Eraser: As a beginner, it is crucial to have a good eraser to remove all of your mistakes. I like to have 2 earsers on me, one kneaded eraser from Faber-Castell and another normal one. 
  4. Sharpener: Because if you want to have those fresh and crisp lines, you will need to have your tools sharpened and ready to go. I recommend this one. 
  5. Book: It is a full guide from the artist on how to draw the flowers, where you can learn how to draw flowers off screen and in no time become a pro. Get the book now.


Today we are going to learn to draw on our list is a poppy. 

In nature they are so beautiful with bright red colors. 

How to draw a Poppy Flower?

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Step 1: Create a rough outline of the poppy flower. Mark the middle of the flower with an oval shape. 

Step 2: From the middle oval mark start outline the first petals. From there, draw three lines pointing in peace sign direction and going a little bit outside of the initial rough outline. 

Step 3: Finalise the design by adding in the neccessary details and add in different folds and shapes that make the flowers look like poppies and that give them the perfect charachter for flowers. 

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This guide shows how to draw a flower from the side. It is similar to from front just different perspective this time. This guide makes the flower drawing easy.

Do not forget at the end to add in the defining folds on petals as that is what makes a difference between a successful poppy drawing and just a basic flower. 

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This is a different flower poppy breed that reminds me a little of a peony flowers. I left it till last as it is clearly more complex and fun. 

Poppy Flower

How to paint a Poppy Flower?

This is how it will look if you decide to add watercolor to your final piece. Epic?

It is! It makes flower drawing easy and very fun!

If you liked the tutorials, support the artist: Kate Kyehyun Park and giver her a follow on Instagram!

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, then do not forget to check out the book where you will have all of the tutorials at your fingertips by the artist. She did such an amazing job in my opinion. 

In Drawing and Painting Beautiful Flowers, discover how to draw flowers such as cosmos, hibiscus, canola, lily of the valley, hydrangea, foxglove, and more from various angles, and learn about perspective and shading. Once you have the skills to draw a single flower, learn how to draw groupings and wreaths. Mix in leaves and smaller flowers to create a variety of looks.