Drawing: Flowers with William F. Powell (How to Draw & Paint Book 255)

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In this comprehensive guide, acclaimed artist William F. Powell invites you into his artistic world as he shows you how to render a variety of beautiful flowers in pencil. After sharing helpful tips for choosing materials, shading with pencil, and creating floral arrangements, he explores drawing techniques with step-by-step demonstrations that feature his own personal method for developing a drawing to its fullest potential. And the lessons feature a variety of beautiful flower drawings you can both copy and admire, making this book a welcome addition to any artistÆs library of reference.

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Flowers with William F. Powell

It’s no wonder we’re naturally attracted to flowers. Their fascinating and varied forms, colors, and textures provide a never-ending source of artistic inspiration. In this book, you’ll learn the step-by-step process of rendering various types of flowers—from their basic shapes to their completed forms. You’ll begin with the tools and materials needed to get started, as well as the shading techniques that will bring your flower drawings to life. With just a little practice, you’ll learn to draw a wealth of flower varieties and see just how rewarding recreating these captivating subjects can be!

—William F. Powell



Regal Lily

Regal Lily



Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris


The magnolia grandiflora is a large, white, fragrant flower. To make the flower blossom stand out, keep the shading of its petals to a minimum, and shade the leaves underneath darker.

Regal Lily

Lilies are very fragrant, and the plants can grow up to eight feet tall. Use the steps below to develop the flower, which you can attach to the main stem when drawing the entire plant, as shown at the bottom of the opposite page.


There are single- and double-flowered begonias. The double-flowered variety is a bit more difficult to draw. Don’t rush this flower, because it’s easy to lose your place. Study each step before drawing the flower yourself.

Bearded Iris

The bearded iris is probably the most beautiful of the iris varieties. Its colors range from deep purples to blues, lavenders, and whites. Some flowers have delicate, lightly colored petals with dark veining. They range in height from less than a foot to more than three feet.


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