Now that spring is in full swing, we’ve asked our guest blogger, Derrick Rathgeber to teach us another lesson in drawing with RoseArt colored pencils. This exercise is meant to train the brain to see your drawing as different individual pieces, and a great way to do this is with the daisy flower. In this 10 step tutorial, Derrick will focus more on directional shading, coloring and how to obtain textures using different strokes.

But first, you’ll need your box of RoseArt Colored Pencils. Please take out the following colors; Pale pink, Pink, Cerise, Ruby, Light Brown, Golden Yellow, Grass Green, Black, and White.

Tip: If you would like to change the color of your flower, you may substitute the petal colors (Pale Pink, Pink, Cerise, & Ruby) to another four colors. Just make sure you go from light to dark. For example a purple flower you could use Light Lavender, Lavender, Purple, & Orchid. 

Step 1: Lightly draw your daisy using faint strokes of a pencil, or light grey colored pencil. Start with the circle in the middle of the flower. Follow that with about six individual petals all roughly the same length, but with different characteristics. Note that each petal has two fold lines going down the sides, and the ends are jagged. Behind these petals you will draw more petals. Continue layering your petals until you are satisfied with the shape of your daisy. Now use the Grass Green colored pencil and draw two curved lines for the stem. 

Step 2: Next, we are going to put down the base color for the flower. Take the Pale Pink Colored Pencil and start coloring in each petal. Now to do this, we are going to use a fun technique. The reason I chose a daisy is because it’s a circle shape. You will want to color in the direction of each petal; to do this can get frustrating because you have to contort your hand into uncomfortable positions. So what we are going to do is keep our hand in the same position and rotate the paper. Use light gentle strokes across each petal evenly, and use more pressure on the fold lines, and towards the center of the flower. Continue rotating the paper and coloring each petal until they are covered. 

Step 3: Practice Makes Perfect. Find a petal to start with, and start adding the next layer of color. Using the Pink, we will start off at the base of the petal and color in the direction of the petal. Color only the base of the petal and the center area of the petal. Again rotate the paper as you go and color in a position that is most comfortable for you and your wrist. This will allow smoother lines and more control. 

Tip: Treat each petal as a new drawing. Taking your time and giving attention to each one will allow your brain to see shapes that you would otherwise over look. Remember to draw comfortably, take breaks when you need them, and just have fun. 

Step 4: Using the Cerise pencil, you will continue adding more color and depth to the flower. We are going to start adding some shadows and curves to the petals. Color from the base of the petal with more pressure and lighten your strokes as you reach the end of the petal. Define the shadows for the petals underneath by using darker strokes where the top petals overlay. 


Step 5: We are going to fine tune the shadow by adding one more red color. Using the Ruby Colored Pencil we will once again add more depth the flower petals. Rotating the paper as you go, sharpen your lines toward the base of each petal around the circle. Then, define the lines of each petal using the Ruby color. Now, as you rotate the paper, use back and forth strokes to get the dark Ruby color to make an even shadow on each petal towards the center of the flower. This will make it look like the petals fold inward.

Step 6: Now we are going to get into the middle of this flower. Don’t worry, no more rotating the paper for this one, unless you want to of course. This part is actually kind of fun for me. Making realistic pollen is easier than it looks. Using the Light Brown pencil, find the center of your circle and make a much smaller circle. This will be your starting point. Now continue making small circles around this circle, and continue until the center is full. Once you get to the edge of the petals, use the Light Brown to fill in any gaps between the flower center and the petals. Now add some of this brown to the stem with some lines dark lines, and we will move on to the next step.


Step 7: Now it’s time to add some color to the center. Using Golden Yellow, make even circular strokes to fill in the center area. Continue going over it until you get a nice even color. Once you are finished, use the same Golden Yellow color and very lightly go over the base of each petal. We do this because light reflects colors onto nearby objects. Sometimes it’s not noticeable, but just enough will make your drawing look that much more realistic. Then, to finish off this step, add some more light stroke lines onto the stem to give it an earthy browning color when we go over it with the green.

Step 8: This is probably the easiest step of the drawing. Take the Grass Green color and color the entire stem. Be sure to color right over the Golden Yellow and Light Brown colors. Remember to color along with the shape of the stem in the same direction. You can even rotate the paper to give you a comfortable position and clean lines. Color the area near the flower darker to show the shadow of the flower covering the stem. 

Tip: By now I hope rotating the paper comes to you as a reflex. This will help you draw strait lines and curves, and can be used to draw all sorts of shapes and objects. Draw smarter not harder. 

Step 9: Now to cast the final shadows. Use the Black Colored Pencil and outline the base of each petal and the flower center. Next begin shading the top petals lightly just enough to show that they curve inwards towards the center. Add some more black color to the petals underneath using the top petals as a guide. Next, tilt the black pencil to the side a bit, and give a shadow to the center of the flower. Use crosshatching strokes towards the bottom of the circle to make it look like a sphere. Finally, cast the shadow on the top and down the side of the stem to finish up the shadows.

Step 10: To finish up our flower, take the White Colored Pencil and color the edge of each petal. Next, blend together the light and the dark colors by coloring from the edge of the petal down to the middle of each petal. This will even out your colors and help cast light onto your drawing. Next, add white to the center of your drawing and to the stem. And there you have it – a beautiful flower!


If you would like to ask our guest artist a question or have a suggestion for a drawing lesson, contact Derrick directly on his website: