Next, divide the the flower up into several sections. This wil help you to focus on each clustered area at a time and to use an improved guideline to the flower's shape. Next to the plant, you may notice a circle. I am going to draw a close up of to one of flowerheads here for you, as this is useful for ID purposes.
Redraw in pen and rub out the pencil. Work from the bottom upwards to avoid any confusion.
Colour in your orchid. Add in any spots on the leaves. The flowerhead close up shows all the markings you need to ID with. Just look carefully at your subject and work out the pattern.You might need another shade of colour to create each mark or use a pen (though this can ruin the drawing, so be aware).
Some orchids have one flower which is used to manipulate it's target pollinator in a particular way. Bee orchids are great examples of this. To draw one, create a circle and add three triangles around it. Draw in the stem, leaves and buds below and above it.
Now you can add the details such as the pattern on the flower, the petals, etc. Start from the top of the flower and work your way down. Give as much space for each part of the pattern as you can.
Redraw in pen and rub out the pencil.
Colour in yor bee orchid. The petals are pink and the stem and leaves are green. The flower centre is a mix of orange and brown with a bit of light scribble of a black pen. Around that is a light blend of green and yellow with red for any spots, lines or edging. The rest of the flower is brown and black pen with two green-yellow spots in the middle.
The most exotic looking of the UK's orchid species is the slipper orchid. It is the only one that resembles an orchid from a tropical rainforest. It is also very rare, only to be found in a few locations in Yorkshire. Draw it's slipper-like bulge with an area for the reproductive parts at the top. Then add a large petal above with 3-4 smaller, yet longer petals around the slipper. Draw in the stalk (with a bulge and spike on top) and the curvy leaves which have grooves in it.
Draw over in pen. Shade heavily around the edges of each petal and then lightly in the centre.
Finally, colour the orchid in. The slipper is a light yellow and the petals are red with some yellow in the centre. The leaves and stem is green. And there you have a beautiful slipper orchid.
I hope this has helped you. If you have an orchid that you are struggling to draw, ask me and I will have a go in another How To Draw. Until then, good luck with your drawings!