You will need
- A sheet of paper
- A simple pencil
- Watercolor pencils or paint
- The picture of the peony
If you are going to draw one pion, it is best to take a square sheet of paper. For multiple colors suitable conventional sheet. Its location will depend on how you intend to place the flowers. If peonies are in a vase, the picture would look better on a vertical sheet, if you draw a Bush or part of the garland, place the sheet horizontally.
For a single flower, draw an oval. Its width depends on the angle at which you look at a flower. If you see a flower right in front of me, oval is very wide, almost round. Try to forget about what's inside that oval there are some petals, try to convey as accurately as the proportions of the flower.
Look at the line that limits the oval flower. It consists of rather long teeth. Mark the teeth that lie outside of the oval. Connect them by arcs with the very oval. If you draw a flower, the center of which is located directly in front of your eyes, teeth will be uniform across the oval. If the flower is turned slightly at an angle, closer to you the parts of a flower draw more long and wide teeth, and on the opposite side is shorter and narrower.
Find the middle of the flower. If the oval is wide, the middle flower roughly coincide with its center. The flower, angled, the middle will be closer to the edge, which is further away from you. Mark the middle of the flower point. Around it draw a small toothed ring. Subtle touches connect the inner point of the ring middle. Sketch around the first 2-3 toothed rings of larger size. These lines will serve as a guide, so should be barely noticeable.
If you are going to paint a flower with watercolors, it's time to fill. It is better to make contrast, but bright tone. Wet the sheet, dip it in paint of the desired color sponge, make a smear and scatter paint all over the sheet, leaving a white outline of a flower. When drawing with watercolor pencils background can be done later.
Select the main tone of the flower. Pour the smooth pale sketch layer of your chosen paint. Then start to draw the flower. The same paint, but thicker, draw the toothed ring around the middle and the outline of a flower. Taking a little less thick paint or the paint of a slightly different (but close to the main one) colors, draw concentric rings in the middle of the oval. Start to draw the petals of the second concentric ring to one which is around the midway. To do this, take a thick watercolor brush. Start a line by placing the brush almost flat, and the end of the line it should give a sharp tip, respectively, and a thin line.
The second row of petals is drawn similarly. Edge of each radial bar in a wider ring should be wider and a little lighter. You can alternate colors — make a few radial strokes of the same color, and between them have more painted by other paint that is close in tone and the same intensity.
If you paint with gouache, a different depth of tone is achieved by adding to the basic tone of white paint. Gouache uses the same brushes as for watercolor.