How to Draw a Hibiscus

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Hibiscus are showy, ornamental, brightly colored flowers. Most are tropical, but some can survive mild temperate winters. They are treasured by gardeners, not only because of their large, colorful blooms, but also because they attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

In various cultures, the hibiscus plant has many uses, in addition to its ornamental beauty. The variety that grows in the Philippines is crushed and its juice mixed with soap to produce a bubble-blowing solution with which children play.

In Tahiti and Hawaii, hibiscus flowers are worn by young women in lieu of a wedding ring; single girls wear the flower behind the right ear, while married or dating women wear it on the left ear. The plant is also used for making paper and tea.

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The hibiscus is frequently used in artwork as well. It is a symbol of several countries and regions, including Haiti, South Korea, Malaysia, the state of Hawaii, and the Solomon Islands. Red hibiscus flowers are often seen in Hindu art depicting the goddess Kali.

Would you like to draw a hibiscus flower? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, a sheet of paper, and something with which to color your finished flower.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cherry Blossoms, Tulip, and Lily.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ a ​Hibiscus

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 1

1. ​​​Begin by drawing a small oval to form the center of the flower.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 2

2. ​​​Extend a curved, wavy line from the flower’s center. Curve the line around, bending it to form a point amid the jagged waves, and then reconnect the line to the opposite side of the oval. This forms the first petal. Then, extend another wavy line from the center, curving it to meet the side of the first petal. This encloses the flower’s second petal. Finally, repeat this process on the opposite side of the first petal, forming the third petal.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 3

3. ​​​​​Extend wavy, curved lines from the flower center in order to enclose at least two more petals, filling in the gap at the back of the flower.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 4

4. ​​​Erase portions of the oval to allow the petals to “flow” into the center of the flower. Adjust lines as necessary to make sure that each petal contacts the center.


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How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 5

5.​​ ​​​​Draw two curved lines downward from the flower, parallel to one another. This forms the stem of the flower.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 6

6.​ ​​​​​​​Extend a pair of narrowly spaced, parallel lines upwards from the flower’s center, forming the style. Erase as necessary. At the tip of the style, allow the lines to diverge. Draw a small “V” shaped line between them, and connect the lines at the end using small circles. Extend small, elongated ovals from the style. This forms the stigma, which, together with the style, is called the pistil.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 7

7. ​Draw the leaves. For each leaf, enclose a pointed shape using a series of short lines that meet in jagged points. Draw a curved line down the middle of the leaf to indicate the central vein, and shorter lines extending outward from the vein.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 8

8.​​​ ​Draw another pointed leaf, again outlining it using a series of short, curved lines. Draw a vein down the middle of the leaf, and additional veins diverging from the first.


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How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 9

9.​​ ​​Draw a final leaf, using the same process as described previously. Finally, detail the petals of the flower by extending curved lines outward from the flower’s center.

How to Draw Hibiscus: Step 10

10. ​​​​​ ​​​​​Color your hibiscus flower. These tropical flowers come in many colors, such as red, pink, white, orange, and yellow.

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