Welcome to How to Draw a Lily Pad. – In this tutorial, we’ll learn a procedure to draw a beautiful flower, a lily.

These flowers may seem hard to draw due to the high number of petals and the complicated tri-dimensional structure. However, they are not hard to draw using the right approach which is drawing them starting from the center and carefully adding rows of petals.

Nymphaeaceae is a name for a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live in freshwater areas in temperate and tropical climates around the world.

How to draw a Lily Pad – Let’s get started!

Let’s start by drawing circles, these represent the big circular lily leaves floating on the surface of a pond for example.

We’ll start drawing a rose with three simple construction lines. A big circle (the outer perimeter of the flower), a vertical line, and a central triangle (sort of). We’ll add details and complexity step by step to the final result of this simple outline.

Now choose one of these circles and draw a small circle inside. From this little circle draw many little stems emerging. Draw them as they were emerging from the center of the leaf.

How to draw a Lily Pad – Overall shapes

From now on you’ll need to draw the lily petals.

Start from the perimeter of the small circle and add a first crown of small petals. Keep in mind that in this view the front petals are coming toward the observer and as such they look shorter and compress.

Once you have finished the first crown of petals move to the second crown of petals emerging right at the base of the first crown.

Go on with adding petals concentrically and add at least other two or three crowns of petals to complete the flower. When drawing the petals of different crowns remember that they alternate in position from one crown to the other. In other words, they are not aligned and each crown is rotated 45 degrees from the previous and the subsequent.

Finally, add the four big petals at the base of the main flower. These petals lay almost flat on the water’s surface.

How to draw a Lily Pad – Complete the drawing

Now you really need to clean Your drawing and give tri-dimensionality to the composition. In order to do that remove all the construction lines and carefully separate each petal using a softer pencil and a bit of shadow.

Do not overdo with the shadows, keep them light and use them just to emphasize the position of the petals against each other.

The final touch to the drawing can be lightly filling the water surface with a soft pencil to make the flower stand out even more!

How to draw a Lily Pad – The finished result!

And You did it! With the help of Drawing Factory of course! You have realized a beautiful drawing of a Lilly pad!

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  1. Wow, what an incredible tutorial on how to draw a lily pad! The step-by-step instructions were so clear and easy to follow. I never thought I could create such a realistic and beautiful representation of a lily pad until I stumbled upon this website. The images along with the detailed explanations made the whole process enjoyable and satisfying. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making my drawing experience so much better. Keep up the fantastic work!


  2. John: Wow, this tutorial on drawing lily pads is simply amazing! As someone who’s always been fond of nature-inspired artworks, this step-by-step guide really caught my attention. The detailed instructions made it super easy for me to follow along and create my own beautiful lily pads. I couldn’t be happier with the end result! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and passion on this website. It’s truly a great resource for all aspiring artists out there. Keep up the fantastic work!


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