How to Draw a Poinsettia Christmas Flower

How to Draw a Poinsettia Christmas Flower


Hi everyone! Welcome to the third Christmas flower pencil
drawing tutorial. We’re drawing a poinsettia today. Do you pronounce it poinsettia or poinsetta? There seems to be confusion about that. In Finland it’s just called a Christmas star. I made a colored pencil practice sketch before
filming this more detailed drawing. I started the sketch for the pencil drawing
with an H pencil in an A5 size sketchbook as usual and drew a small circle in the middle
for the flowers, since the little yellow ones in the middle are the actual flowers of this
plant and red and green petals are in fact both leaves. I sketched out the leaves closest to the inner
circle at first and then moved to the leaves behind them. Let’s move through the initial sketch fast,
though, because you can’t really see it anyway. I cleaned up any mistakes with a kneaded eraser,
which won’t produce eraser dust like a normal eraser but it will smudge the drawing if it’s
dirty. When it gets dirty, you can mold it so you’re
mixing the graphite into the eraser. If you’re here for the ASMR, rather than the
drawing lesson, there will be a real time version on my ASMR channel. I’ll leave a link to the real time Christmas
flower drawing playlist so you can find it easily, when it goes live. Once I was happy with the placement of the
leaves in the rough sketch I went in with a mechanical pencil to darken the outlines
of the flower buds in the middle, the leaves and the stem peeking through the leaves. I used a real flower as the reference, but
you don’t have to always stick with the reference, you make it more simplified or enhance some
features like make the ends of the leaves a bit more curvy and make sure the overall
composition looks more balanced than the actual flower might be. I also left some empty space between the stem
and the leaves so I can add more contrast by letting the white background show through
after I’ve shaded around it. I didn’t continue the stem under the lowest
leaves, since I wanted to turn this into a repeating pattern and I thought it would look
nicer that way. I started shading with the hard pencil again. I prefer starting with light shading and building
it up. I used the reference flower as a model for
the shading to see where the light hits the leaves. I drew the main leaf vein down the middle
of the leaf and then shaded the half further away from the light completely and only shaded
the around the smaller leaf veins in the half that’s in the light. And for the lower leaves, I shaded them all
over. Then switching to a softer 3B pencil, I went
over the darkest areas again and enforced some of the outlines and leaf veins too. But not all of them, because that would make
the outcome look more flat. Now there’s a combination of harder and softer
shading. I would especially add darker shading in the
leaves that are blocked by other leaves on top of them. Can you tell that I drew these flowers in
December last year and I have no memory of what I was actually thinking while drawing
them? I’m just looking at the video and trying to
describe what it seems like I was doing. Just like the other two Christmas flowers,
this drawing can be found on greeting cards and stickers and as a repeat pattern on throw
blankets and pillows and more in my Redbubble shop, if you want to check it out. I’ll also be doing more videos about how I
turn my drawings into print on demand designs so stay tuned for that. And again I used a woodless graphite pencil
for the darkest shading. And I erased the some of the leaf veins on
the darker leaves with the eraser of a mechanical pencil, since you can erase quite thin lines
with that. If you want to see more drawing tutorials,
click on the playlist on the screen. Thanks for watching and see you next week! Bye!

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  1. Here's the ASMR real time Christmas flower drawing playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjPP41zVvujMCKbbQJ9OALjC5IhjpWPjj

    Prints, cards, stickers & other amaryllis merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/almonda/works/41738489-black-and-white-poinsettia?asc=u&p=sticker

    Hyacinth drawing tutorial: https://youtu.be/LVn2WsarLw8

    Amaryllis drawing tutorial: https://youtu.be/J0uq_7KjWnI

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