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Some Tips on Drawing Prairie Plants
by Elizabeth Plonka

Give some thought to composition first. Think about where you would like the flower or fruit, stem and leaves to be on the page.

Before you draw, look at the plant. Look at what parts the plant has and how they connect. Look at what kinds of lines and shapes the plant parts have.

Start simple. Draw the most obvious lines and shapes first. Keep an eye on the overall outline.

As you add detail, make sure things stay in proportion. Draw small parts smaller than larger parts. This may seem obvious but as you concentrate on a detail you may have the natural tendency to draw it larger.

Draw what you see but do not worry if your picture is not exactly realistic. Many artists use drawings to emphasize what they see in a plant even if it is not perfectly true to nature.