Daily Sketches – 10. Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Fanfare’

Today’s tutorial subject is the colorful flower of Gaillardia.

Part of the Asteraceae family, Gaillardia grandiflora has the same floral structure as Bellis perennis that I sketched a few days ago: a capitulum composed of hundreds of disc florets forming a circle in the middle, and ray florets surrounding this middle.

By definition, ray florets are flat, resembling petals, but in this specimen, ray florets have a trumpet shape, spectacularly colored with pinks, reds, yellows and greens.It is not a easy one to draw because the many and small ray florets that look like flowers themselves, have small petals that often intertwine and overlap.

Side by side: Gaillardia pulchella and Gaillardia grandiflora Fanfare

In today’s video I show you how I sketch the center of the flower and how to draw and add watercolor to the ray florets.

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