How to Draw a California Poppy

Learn how to draw a great looking California Poppy with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect California Poppy.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a California Poppy

How to Draw a Great Looking California Poppy for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the California poppy outline by drawing the "Y" shaped stem. Use long curved lines to outline the stem.

Atop one branch of the "Y," begin drawing the petals. Use wavy lines to create a scalloped edge. Double the lines back on themselves on each end.

Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 2

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Continue to draw the overlapping petals using wavy lines. Then, draw the flower's center. Use a series of long and short "U" shaped lines that connect on the edges to begin the rounded starburst shape.

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Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 3

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Finish the center of the flower, continuing to use connected "U" shaped lines to enclose the circular shape.

Then, draw another blossom from a different angle on the opposite side of the "Y." Use a long curved line to enclose the cupped shape of the flower.

Then, use a short curved line to draw a half-circle between the flower and the stem. Use overlapping wavy lines to sketch the tops of the petals.

Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 4

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Use overlapping wavy lines to finish the scalloped petals. At the edge of one, draw an "L" shaped line to indicate the curled edge of the petal. Then, use long and short "U" shaped lines to sketch the flower's center.

Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 5

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Draw another flower stem, using a pair of curved, parallel lines. On top of the stem, use a long curved line to sketch the outside of the flower.

Draw a narrow semi-circle between the flower and the stem. Sketch the tops of the petals using wavy lines.

Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 6

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Use wavy lines to enclose the remaining petals. Then, use a series of "U" shaped lines to draw the flower's center. Next, draw the leaves, erasing as necessary.

Remove a portion of the stem and extend parallel, curved lines from it. Then draw a series of branching, "U" shaped lines.

Easy California Poppy Drawing - Step 7

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw more leaves, extending pairs of lines and allowing "U" shaped leaflets to branch off of them.

Add More Details to Your California Poppy Picture - Step 8

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Continue drawing the lacey leaves by extending pairs of lines and allowing "U" shaped leaflets to branch off of them.

Complete the Outline of Your California Poppy Drawing - Step 9

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Detail the leaves and centers of the flowers with curved lines.

Color Your California Poppy Drawing

California Poppy step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your California poppies are now complete. Color them. Wild California poppies are yellow or orange in color, with green leaves. Cultivated varieties may by white, red, pink, or purple.

For more great flowers drawing tutorials, see the collection of How to Draw Flowers Step-by-Step Drawings.

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Learn More About The California Poppy Drawing

The California poppy is an enigmatic flower. You can "plant" a California poppy drawing in your sketchbook using this easy, step-by-step botanical drawing guide.

You can find California poppies along roadsides across North America, and they have been introduced around the world.

You can recognize these flowers by their four large petals, which are cupped when they first open but flatten into a circle as they mature.

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Poppies have smaller leaves than many flowers. They are narrow with many small leaflets.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out even more wildflower drawing guides - learn how to draw a dogwood flower or complete a dandelion drawing.

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