Drawing Together Episode 45: Drawing a Lily

Drawing Together Episode 45: Drawing a Lily

this episode is Part of the Drawing Together live video series – learn more here

We’re visiting flowers again, and I’m very excited. This time, I’ll be using graphite to capture the delicacy, light, and detail of a beautiful yellow lily. Follow along using this reference image: https://bit.ly/3iFvCZn

We want to see your drawings! Share your finished pieces and any tips with us below.

Today, I’m working with:

  • Smooth drawing paper
  • Ebony Pencil (4B, 6B, or darker graphite will work)
  • Kneaded and Rubber Erasers

In this session, we’ll cover:

  • Drawing flowers
  • Drawing a lily
  • Drawing techniques for texture
  • Realistic shading techniques


Upload a picture of your drawing in the comments below.

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  1. This is my second attempt to draw. My first one was the peeled orange. I had a hard time to draw this lily more than the orange. Tried to draw with Ebony pencil but the shininess of the pencil on the paper bothered me, so I decided to use charcoal pencil instead.
    Your honest opinion is appreciated.

  2. Thanks Jaci! I use a strathmore white charcoal paper here, and I also have another book of the same but varying toned paper. It seems to work really well but not sure if I should go with smoother paper for graphite. I confess I used an outline to begin the lily vs shadow shapes. I fall back on line rather often though I’ve tried not to. Lol.

  3. The lily was by far the hardest for me, but I absolutely loved the work, the way the world seems to disappear while drawing.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your technique, and your insights!

  4. I used an bony pencil for mine and enjoyed working with it except I REALLY have to be careful about rolling it so much that I get a point I could use for a spear! HA! It was harder than I thought it would be but fun. I don’t like that I put my stamen all in a row, and the whites(highlights)were not a bright as I’d like. But…all in all…interesting.

  5. Love it! I am more of a shading kind of person…my husband LOVES lines. It’s been interesting to see the two of us attempt the same subject. I think you are doing a great job letting go of your lines…not that you ahve to all the time…just some! HA!

  6. Mary Jo, I bought an Ebony pencil too and used it this time for the lily. I can’t honestly say I see a LOT of difference in it and other pencils…just a different kind. If, after using it more you DO see a difference, will you come back on and say so so we all can learn?

  7. Another rather difficult subject, at least it was for me using graphite. Seemed like it gets too Shiny and slips over the paper without grabbing like charcoal. I just struggle with graphite.

  8. This is my fourth session, I am having to discipline myself to use the side of the pencil, I’ve depended on “the line” for too long. You’ll see that I still fall back on old habits. Finding the edges without a line is taking some getting used to. I enjoy your teaching style, it feels comfortable, helpful and motivating, thank you. This is really the reverse of studio classes where the teacher is looking over the students’ shoulder rather we are all looking over yours, I like it.

  9. I’m using a regular #2 pencil and struggling to get a clear definition with shading alone and feel like I need to use line drawing to keep it from just being messy. I ordered ebony pencils; hoping that will make a difference! Thanks for another great class, Scott!

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