Draw An Iris

iris 1

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/16/02

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This tutorial was done with PSP7   
but could be done with other versions.

 
YOU WILL NEED
Paint Shop Pro  -  Download a trial version   
a basic knowledge of vectors and layers. 
Zip file with my gradients - Optional -  
   There are two different greens.  Use the one you prefer.
Note: I will be doing this tutorial using the Draw Tool set to Freehand- for the petals and to Bezier Curve for the leaves and stems.  You can use preset shapes and vectors if you prefer. 

Note: Also in the .zip file is iris-patterns.psp.  This is a line drawing of my petals and leaves.  You can use it as a pattern to practice drawing.  Just open it up and turn off all but the layer you are using and practice.  Remember that the edge of iris petals are sort of ruffly so they are perfect to learn on.

Remember to Save Often   
STEPS - How I did mine.


Drag the arrow to mark your place

1. Lets Begin
New image500 x 500 
Save as: Iris.psp 

Foreground color: # 98147F 
Background LF_purples 
Starburst Gradient 
Horizontal: 50 
Vertical: 100 
Repeats: 0 
 
Draw Tool  
Type: Freehand Line 
Width: 1 
Antialias: checked 
Create as Vector: unchecked   [you can check it if you want to edit your drawing] 
Close Path: unchecked

2. Draw The Top Three Petals
We will be drawing the whole flower then going back and shading. 
Draw one petal 
This will be the top back petal 
 
New Layer 
Now draw one of the side petals 
 
Layers/Duplicate 
Image Mirror - adjust if needed 
There you have the upper part of your flower 
3. Draw The Bottom Three Petals
Click on the purple gradient and 
check the invert gradient box 

Now draw the center bottom petal 
 
New layer 
Draw one of the side petals 

Layers/Duplicate 
Image Mirror - adjust if needed 
You now have the basic flower 

4. Draw A Bud
New Layer 
Draw a longish ellipse for a bud 
Use the deform toolto rotate it slightly. 
5. Draw Leaves & Stems
New Layer 
Foreground: #006000 
Background: null 

Draw tool  
Type: Bezier curve 
Width: 1 
Antialias: checked 
Create as Vector: unchecked 
[you can check it if you want to edit your drawing] 
Close Path: unchecked 

Draw one side of the leaf 
 
[Detail of drawing the curve below] 
 
Draw the other side 
 
[Detail of drawing the curve below] 
 

Select the inside 

 
Selections/Modify/Expand: expand by 1 

Flood fillthe inside of the leaf 
Foreground: LF_leaf-green 
Starburst Gradient 
Horizontal: 50 
Vertical: 5 
Repeats: 0 
Invert Gradient: checked 
 

Draw 2 or 3 more leaves 
 
Also draw the green base part of the bud 
[I don't know what you call it] 

Draw tool  
Type: Bezier Curve 
Width: 8 
Antialias: checked 
Create as Vector: unchecked 
[you can check it if you want to edit your drawing] 
Close Path: unchecked 

Draw the stems 
 
Now you have the basic flower 

6. Add Some Detail To The Flower
Foreground: LF_yellows 
Background: null 

Airbrush 
Shape: Round 
Size: 8 
Hardness: 40 
Opacity: 40 
Step: 15 
Density: 40 

New Layer 
Spray on a line of pollen 
Change size to 20 
lightly dab on some more 
 

Effects/Blur/Gaussian Blur 
Radius: 4 

Now drag this layer so it is behind the upper two side petals, but in front of the upper back petal 

Repeat the pollen steps for the other two bottom petals 

Foreground: #98147F 
Background: null 

Draw Tool 
Style: Freehand Line 
Width: 1 
Antialias: checked 
Create as Vector: unchecked 
Close Path: unchecked 

New Layer 
Draw some lines here and there on the petals and sort of following the basic shape of the petal. 
  Sharpened to show detail 
Effects/Blur/Gaussian Blur 
Radius: 2 

Position this layer above the petal layer and below the pollen layer [if there is one] 

Follow the draw detail steps for each petal 

Also add some detail to the bud

7. Add Some Detail To The Leaves
Change foreground color to #006000 
Continue as above and add some detail to the leaves 

On the blur use a radius of 4 

Looking pretty good 

Go to one of  the stem layers and apply 
Effects/3D Effects/Inner Bevel 
bevel #11 
Width: 22 
Smoothness: 16 
Depth: 6 
Ambience: 0 
Shininess: 0 
Shadow color: white 
Angle: 315 
Intensity: 50 
Elevation: 30 
 
Do the same thing to each stem 
Also do the bud base but change the Width to 28 

Select and float 
Apply a cutout to each leaf. 

8. A Little More Detail
Select and float each petal 
Apply cutout below  to the lower center petal 
 
Apply the cutout to the remaining petals making changes as listed below 

For upper center petal change the 24 to -24 
Change - Shadow Color to #771163 

Change the blur to 12 for the lower side petals 
and -12 for the upper side petals 

Ok we are almost done. 
I thought the flower needed a little more shading 

Foreground color #771163 for petals 
and #004000 for the leaves 

Airbrush 
Shape: Round 
Size: 20 
Hardness: 25 
Opacity: 30 
Step: 15 
Density: 25 

On new layers 
Spray on some color where there would be shadows 
Blur/Gaussian Blur 
Radius: 3 

Don't be afraid to apply the blur several times to get the effect you want 

There you have a beautiful iris. 

 

    Here are some samples that I colorized

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/16/02

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox

 
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