Draw a hibiscus flower

Painting and drawing is no longer just for children, but is becoming increasingly popular among adults. Painting is a very good way to relax and escape from the stressful everyday life. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a beautiful flower and how to blend properly with colored pencils.

Preliminary Sketch

You can either sketch your flower yourself or use our template:

Tip: Instead of using a pencil as usual, you can use IROJITEN to hatch the back of your template printout. This way you get colored lines right away and don't have to worry about any smudged graphite.

Some sidenotes about blending colored pencils

First, apply a layer of color to your paper. Add several more layers of color to one part of your color layer. You will also need a little more pressure.

Now repeat the same process with another color. One thin layer of the colors covers the other and they have thus been blended.

Tip: Sometimes it is helpful to use the lighter of the two colors to soften the transition. With your lighter colored pencil draw across the color transition a few times to create this effect.

Leaves and stalk

Tip: To make the leaf structure more interesting, you can gently score grooves into the paper with a pointed object. If you retract the MONO graph's lead, the mechanical pencil is ideally suited for the task. The tip with the retracted lead of the MONO graph is ideal for this.

Now apply a thin layer of color (P-4).

With a little pressure, apply a light green tone (LG-5) to the outer lines of the leaves and the branch. Blend the colors as shown in our sidenotes about blending color pencils.

Now apply the dark green tone (D-17). Trace the outer lines and all the spots where you would like to create shadows. Fine white lines remain from the scores in the paper even though we cover them with colored pencils.


Start coloring the flowers with (P-5). Use more pressure on the outer petals. You can paint the pistil with (P-4).


Neon pink (F-2) makes the flowers especially colorful. Blend both colors.

Next, use a dark pink shade (EX-1). You will need this to create wrinkles and lines in the flowers and to darken the inside of the petals.  

You can intensify your shadows with a reddish brown tone (D-12).

For variation in your color palette, you can use sky blue and place sporadic highlights on your flowers.

Finally, you need a darker yellow color pencil (V-3) to shade the pistil. Likewise, use this color to paint small yellow circles around the top of the pistil. Use the reddish brown shade (D-12) again to draw five larger circles at the top of the pistil. These details will distinguish the hibiscus flower. Done!

Um deine Farbpalette etwa spannender zu gestalten, kannst du mit einem Himmelblau vereinzelt Effekte auf deinen Blüten platzieren.

Als Letztes benötigst du ein dunkleres Gelb (V-3), um den Blütenstempel zu schattieren. Ebenso malst du mit dieser Farbe kleine gelbe Kreise um den oberen Teil des Blütenstempels. Mit der zuvor verwendeten (D-12) kannst du fünf größere Kreise an der Spitze des Blütenstempels zeichnen. Diese Details zeichnen die Hibiskusblüte aus. Fertig!

Try it out yourself right now and share your hibiscus flower with the Tombow family under#tombowinspiration .

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