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How to Draw a Chrysanthemum

Easy, step by step Chrysanthemum drawing tutorial
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The chrysanthemum or mum is a popular garden flower. It is native to Europe and Asia. Its name is derived from the ancient Greek words for "golden flower." Chrysanthemums have many overlapping petals, similar in shape to the dandelion or carnation.

Chrysanthemums have been richly adorned in symbolism and tradition. In Asia, they signify life and rebirth. In Europe, they are given as gifts to express sympathy, especially in regards to funerals. In the Americas, they are seen as a cheerful flower. Red chrysanthemums can mean love, and white chrysanthemums, loyalty.

The dahlia is a flower with a similar appearance. It is related to the sunflower, chrysanthemum, and daisy. The plants are native to Central and South America. The largest are the "dinnerplate dahlias," the blooms of which can span 12 inches. Dahlias may symbolize everlasting bonds and are given as wedding gifts. Despite the name of the true-crime film Black Dahlia, there are actually no dahlias that are black in color.

The darkest shade is a deep burgundy. Dahlias are also edible! They may adorn cakes or salads.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon featuring a chrysanthemum or dahlia? This easy, step-by-step cartoon flower drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. No doubt you'll also want to color this stunning flower!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Carnation, Hibiscus, and Tulip.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will serve as a guide to shaping your flower.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 02

2. Draw pairs of curved lines within the circle, extending from the outer edge toward the center. Allow each pair to meet at a gentle point. These are the flower's first petals.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 03

3. Draw irregular rounded shapes overlapping the edges of the circle.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 04

4. Erase the original circle and any overlapping lines from the petals. Then, begin the next layer of petals. Extend pairs of curved lines outward, allowing each pair to meet at a gentle point.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 05

5. Draw more petals between the existing petals. Draw curved lines from the sides of the petals, and allow each pair to meet at a point in between.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 06

6. Draw even more petals - larger petals. Extend pairs of curved lines from the tips and sides of the existing petals. Allow them to meet at points to enclose the rounded triangular shapes.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 07

7. Draw another layer of petals. These should be longer than any of the previous petals. Draw one petal between each pair of petals, sometimes allowing the petals to overlap.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 08

8. Draw a final layer of petals protruding from between each of the existing petals.

Chrysanthemum drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 09

9. Draw the flower's leaves. Use a series of curved lines to outline the lobed shape of the leaves, which resemble oak leaves. Extend a curved line to form the central vein of each leaf. From it, extend additional veins in each lobe.

Complete Chrysanthemum drawing
How to Draw a Chrysanthemum Step 10

Color your cartoon chrysanthemum. Fall mums are often white, orange, yellow, or red. They can also be pink or purple, as can the similarly shaped dahlia. Some are striped, have different colors at their tips, or bear petals of alternating colors.

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