How to Draw a Protea Flower

Skill Level : 2 Intermediate, 3 Advanced

Medium : Pencil Drawing

Subject : Flowers

Tutor : Nolan Clark

Class Length : 2 hours 6 minutes

Avg Rating :

Silver Level Class

Class Description

In this class we will draw a beautiful protea flower.

During the class you will learn:

1) How to shade petals so they look like they are curling
2) How to create the rounded / bowl effect formed by the outer petals
3) How to simplify seemingly complex objects like in the center of the flower without having to draw all the detail.
4) and much more...

Latest Reviews

Excellent for practicing levels of light and dark in pencil.Thanks

Emilie Boisvert

A class well worth doing, Very intricate detail but so rewarding. Absolutely fabulous!

Loretta Hulley

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  • Emilie Boisvert


    Oops it’s upside down. I don’t know why though, it’s ok on my screen.

  • Emilie Boisvert


    Here is my take on this protea. I didn’t use the “traceable”, I drew everything from scratch, which is why I ended up in the spiral binding… but that’s ok, it was brain gymnastics !

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark


    Wow, fabulous job Loretta. I wouldn’t change a thing. Frame it and hang it :congrats: :cloud9:

  • Loretta Hulley

    Loretta Hulley


    It took hours but what a revelation! An absolutely brilliant class, thank you. I never thought I would draw a protea, until now.

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark


    Patricia has done more blending with the finger or stump. There is nothing wrong with yours, it’s a fabulous, crisp and clean drawing with great contrasts – what more could you ask for :congrats: :congrats: :congrats:

  • mea hamo pena

    mea hamo pena


    Took a while to get back to finish this protea.

    I wish I could make mine as smooth and illuminated as Patricia’s, but I kept losing the lines.

    Good exercise, though. Thanks, Nolan. I am going to use the pink version and do an oil painting of it.



  • PatriciaS


    Thank you Nolan, I appreciate your comments. Patricia

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark


    Fabulous work Patricia :congrats:
    Your darks look great to me :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :afro:

  • PatriciaS


    Thank you Nolan for another enjoyable class. I still don’t manage to get my work as dark as yours despite using mostly the 6B’s and 8B’s. The lesson was challenging but always so interesting. Comments and critiques are always gratefully received. Thank you. Patricia


Nolan Clark

About Nolan Clark

Nolan Clark has been painting and drawing since 1996. He enjoys working in many mediums and styles, but realism is his favourite. He teaches drawing, painting as well as scratch board classes on the site.
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