These mini art-tutorials are super-relaxed and great for beginners, children, and artists who just wanna try something different.
I try my best to make the instructions clear, without being overwhelming. If you get stuck, please comment below with your question or problem. Have fun doodling! :)
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Draw Your Own Potted Succulent
Would you like to learn how to draw a cactus? This easy, step-by-step tutorial will help you create a quick cactus doodle you can frame or give as a gift.
This stickery little succulent would also make a cute motif for any craft or DIY project. Wouldn't it be cute to draw several of them for a DIY wall border?
What You Need:
- Paper (any paper will do for practice, including printer paper)
- White eraser
- Permanent black ink pen (with a fine point)
- Coloring materials of your choice.
I also recommend a clipboard to hold your paper in place. This is the pocket clipboard I've been using for 17 years now! Also, a good source of light will make drawing easier on your eyes.
Okay? Doodle onwards!
Step 1. Drawing the Pot
Just like with a real plant, you have to start with an empty pot. Make a straight, horizontal line on your paper, about two inches long.
Step 2. Pot Rim
Draw a shorter line under your first line, and connect top and bottom with two vertical lines. Since your bottom line is shorter, the "ends" will slant inwards.
Step 3. Finish Drawing the Pot
You need two long, slanted lines for the sides of the pot, and one slightly curved line to create the bottom.
Step 4. Start Drawing Your Cactus
Starting to one side of the pot, create a large, oval (or upside down horseshoe shape).
Near the top of your first cactus leaf, create another oval, slightly to one side. Add a couple more that are smaller.
Beside your first oval, start a separate cactus "pile". Make this one slightly smaller. Add a couple of small ovals.
Make a series of small "v's" on your cactus leaves to represent stickers.
Add more prickles (cactus stubble?) with small lines around the edges of the leaves.
Keep going until your cactus is completely un-huggable.
Create a spiral for the cactus flower in one or two places.
Now you can draw some doodles on the flower pot (or leave it plain if you prefer). Here, I just made a line of half-circles on the pot rim.
Finish off with some dots. Use any doodle design you like. You can't go wrong!
Take a permanent pen, like this Sharpie, and carefully trace all of your lines.
When the ink is dry, erase your pencil lines with a white eraser for smooth, clean line art to color. (It also looks artistically minimal in black and white.)
The hardest part of drawing your cactus is over. Now you can relax and color in your cactus doodle.
What can you use? You can color your artwork with any media, including:
You can also scan your illustration and edit it digitally with a program like PicMonkey.
For "wet" media (like markers and paints) you will want to use a heavier paper. You can buy cheap watercolor and marker pads to practice on, or one of these mixed media sketchbooks (which I love to keep on hand in my office for practice pieces and small illustrations!)
And even an illustrated cactus needs some friends!
Hope you enjoyed. Check back soon for another doodle art tutorial!