[Easy] How to draw thick watercolor flowers to make your illustrations more appealing




Hello, I'm Moonlitchi, an illustrator.

Today I will use Clip Studio Paint to show you how to draw thick watercolor flowers to color your illustrations. If you learn how to draw flowers, you can use them in a variety of works, making your illustrations even more attractive.

It's easy to do even for beginners, so please watch until the end and let's draw a flower illustration together.

Brush to use

The three brushes we will use this time are all Clip Studio Paint's default brushes.

1. Pencil R

It is one of the pencil's sub tools. Used when drawing drafts and line drawings. You can use other brushes for line drawings if you like, but for thick painting, the line drawings become part of the painting, so a brush that retains an analog texture will work well.


2. Dark watercolor brush

It is one of the watercolor sub tools, and is used for painting and writing on petals.


3. Apply and blend

This is one of the sub tools for thick coating. A tool for blending the paint applied with a dark watercolor brush. Creates a thick coating.


Tips: The default brush type differs depending on the version. If you want something like "dark watercolor", please download it from Clip Studio Assets.

Basic steps

Now, I will explain the basic steps of watercolor thick painting Fuuka. First, draw a sketch and line drawing. Once the line drawing is completed, apply the undercoat and add the color and pattern of the petals. Then, write on it using the blending tool. Finally, I added highlights, shadows, etc. according to the overall image and atmosphere of the illustration.

Step 1 Draft, line drawing

This time, I drew an illustration with the theme of "Summer Memories." I want to place morning glories around the figure as a decoration, so I'm going to draw morning glories.


Unless you are very familiar with drawing a motif, do not start drawing it suddenly.

First, look for reference materials. Search for morning glories on Google or Pinterest, pick up some photos you like, check the shape and color of the flowers, and then draw a rough sketch.


Tips: Searching for materials can be a pain, but the quality of your drawings will definitely improve if you look at the materials and write about them.

When writing a draft, it is easier to draw if you replace the flowers with simple shapes.

In the case of a morning glory, replace it with an oval.

In this way, we will draw petals using simple shapes as a frame.

Similarly, for the leaves, replace them with simple shapes and then draw them in.

Tips: If you want to decorate your illustration with a lot of flowers, it is convenient to register the line drawings you drew as materials.

The method of registering materials is very easy. You can select the line drawing layer you want to register and register it from the [Edit] menu → [Material registration] → [Image].

We also recommend adding tags to make it easier to find later.

Step 2 Coloring

First, use the bucket tool to fill in the base color.

The pencil used for line drawings has a very rough texture, so use a selection tool or round pen to fill in areas that cannot be filled in neatly.

Then add another layer on top of the base and clip it.

Select a color that matches the overall tone of the illustration, and apply the color using a dark watercolor brush. Since the natural color of the petals is uneven, I will apply the color roughly rather than uniformly.

Blend it in and blend it out with a brush. If you blur it too much, the paint will be uneven, so keep the size of the blur brush small and blur it little by little while keeping an eye on the overall balance.

Finally, add color with dark watercolor.

Paint the leaves in the same way.

Step 3 Additions and finishing

This process depends on the overall atmosphere and situation of the illustration you are drawing, so please be flexible when drawing.

Using this illustration as an example, I will show you the process of putting a morning glory on an illustration.

First, think about the composition and decide where to place the morning glory. I registered the line drawing of the morning glory as a material in advance, so it can be done in a short time.

Color according to Step 2.

I want to unify the color of the illustration to blue, so I add a layer filled with blue above the morning glory layer, set the layer mode to Burn, lower the transparency, and adjust the color.

Furthermore, add an additive (luminous) layer and add highlights with an airbrush (stronger).

This time, Asagao is a supporting character that colors the frame, so I haven't drawn any more information on her. If the amount of information increases, it will dilute the impression of the main character.

When drawing flowers as decorations in illustrations, it is important to be aware of the overall balance.

At the end

This time, I introduced how to draw thick watercolor fuka, which can be used as backgrounds and decorations in illustrations. I would be happy if it could be useful for your illustrations.

Thank you very much for watching until the end.

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