The lotus is an aquatic, or water loving, flower native to tropical regions of Asia and Australia. The lotus actually lives in the water - its roots stretch down to the mud at the bottom of a lake, pond, or river, while its flowers and leaves float on top.
The lotus is a survivor. Not only will a single plant bloom year after year, but its seeds remain viable much longer than those of other plants. Lotus seeds were recovered from a dry lake in China. Although they had been without water for about 1,300 years, the seeds sprouted and grew when planted.
The lotus has a great cultural significance in its native lands. Every part of the plant is used in traditional foods, medicines, and teas. The Buddhist and Hindu religions hold the lotus as sacred. For example, thread made from the plant is used to weave garments for statues of Buddha. Ancient temples feature carvings of lotus flower designs, and the Hindu goddess Lakshmi is often depicted holding lotus blossoms and standing within a giant lotus flower. The Hindu god Vishnu wears a crown of lotus flowers, and is sometimes painted with a lotus flower growing from his belly button.
Would you like to draw a lotus flower? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial will show you how. All you will need is a piece of paper and something to draw with, such as a pen or pencil. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints to color your beautiful flower.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Lotus Flower
1. Enclose the central petal of the lotus flower. To do so, use two curved lines, allowing them to meet in a sharp point at the top. The bottom should be flat or rounded like a teardrop.
2. Draw a second petal extending from one side of the first. Again, use two curved lines, meeting in a sharp point at the top.
3. Draw the third petal by extending two curved lines from the first, allowing the lines to meet in a sharp point.
4. Draw additional petals on the back side of the flower, visible between the previous petals. Again, use two lines for each, allowing them to meet in points.
5. Draw the lower petals of the flower. To do so, extend three sets of curved lines outward from the bottom of the flower. Allow the lines to meet in points.
6. Draw additional petals between the existing upper petals, using two curved lines for each.
7. Draw additional lower petals emerging from the back of the flower. Then, detail some of the petals by drawing lines of various lengths from their base. This adds depth to the flower.
8. Draw the anthers, or pollen producing structures, within the flower. For each anther, extend two short, parallel lines from the center of the flower. Enclose the lines by drawing a circular shape at the tip.
9. Draw the flower's environment. Draw a slightly curved horizon line passing behind the flower. Draw a lily pad beneath it by enclosing an irregular circular shape. Draw a few more lily pads, each an irregular circle like a pie with a slice cut from it. Detail the lily pads using short, curved lines. Then, draw wavy, horizontal lines of various lengths all around the lily pads to indicate ripples in the water.
10. Color your lotus flower. In nature, lotuses may be white, red, pink, purple, yellow, or a combination of these colors. Don't forget to check out our other flower drawing guides, including the tulip, sunflower, rose, and lily.
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