Lets start this first step shall we? First draw a nice big circle for the outline of the lotus. Next begin drawing the petal lines starting from the bottom and work your way up.
STEP 2.Now here you will draw a semi arched line on both sides of the blossom which will be the pad or leaf that the lotus sits on. Next start shaping out the lines for the petals of the lotus or water lily. The lining should look like strands of single pieces of hair.
STEP 3.As you can see your lotus is coming out nicely so far. The first thing you will do in this step is what? That's right finish shaping out the lotus petals as shown. When you are done with drawing out each individual petal you will then detail the leaf or lily pad and begin sketching out the the inner blossom which resembles a small flame.
STEP 4.Now this is the last drawing step and because of that you will start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your work. You will then detail and define the remaining petals as shown and then detail the pad or leaf a bit more.
STEP 5.When your drawing is complete your lotus should come out looking like the one you see here. Now you are ready to color in your beautiful flower either a dark pink or leave it white. You have just finished this tutorial on how to draw a lotus flower or water lily step by step. I will be back with an awesome tutorial in a bit so stay tuned.