# How to draw a water lily and pad

**Grid step**

You can print out the base construction lines and start drawing on tracing paper or you can draw the grid layout yourself using the following steps… Show more

1) Draw a rectangle that will define the conditional proportions and boundaries of the chosen drawing.

2) From the middle of the rectangle, draw one vertical and one horizontal line equally dividing the shape.

3) Draw another horizontal line equally dividing the upper half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a horizontal line equally dividing the bottom half of the rectangle.

4) Draw a vertical line equally dividing the left half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a vertical line equally dividing the right half of the rectangle.

**Step 1**

Mark off the width and height of the picture. Draw the stem of the water lily.

**Step 2**

Draw an oval for the pad and add a line through it. Sketch the central part of the flower.

**Step 3**

Add a guideline of the area in which to place the petals. Add guidelines for some petals.

**Step 4**

Sketch one row of petals. Add a curved line to the pad. Draw an oval inside the bigger one.

**Step 5**

Delineate the front petals. Add guidelines for the rear ones. Draw the shape of the pad in more detail.

**Step 6**

Continue adding the rest of the petals and guidelines.

**Step 7**

Finish with the petals. Work on the figure, paying attention to detail.

**Step 8**

Contour the water lily and the pad, trying to vary the thickness and darkness of the line. Add more detail. Erase all guidelines.

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