Another hour has gone by which means another tutorial will be added to the DragoArt tutorial collection. This time for my third tutorial I will teach you how to draw a lotus flower or water lily. The lotus is a very interesting flower that has many beautiful qualities that make them unique. First off the lotus is a plant that grows and thrives in the water. The typical environment for the lotus is usually in a pond or swamp, basically where ever there is shallow water. This flower is also known as the water lily, the very same flower that produces those big round green leaf pads that are made famous from frogs. The leaves are very broad, they have a rich green color and they float. The petals of the lotus are very vivid and they have a very fragrant smell to them, almost like a perfume. There are two typical types of lotus; the dark pink or “red”, and the very white lotus flower. The beautiful unique shaped petals overlap each other in a very symmetrical way leaving the lily an intriguing plant to look at. There is a certain peaceful feeling that comes with the lotus, they have a very angelic beauty leaving them a prized possession for any gardener to try and breed. The lotus is not only a symbol of beauty; it also has mythical links to it as well. The lotus is a sacred flower in India and with it comes religious mythology that is intertwined with its existence. In India the lotus symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge and lastly enlightenment. The idol Maha Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth who sits on a very large blossomed lotus. It is believed that she brings prosperity, purity, chastity and generosity. The meaning of her sitting on the lotus symbolizes beauty, grace, and charm. Because the lotus is such a religious and hopeful flower, in India it is the Indian National Flower. This tutorial will show you how to draw a lotus or water lily step by step. I know you will love drawing this beautiful flower because it truly is a unique specimen of the plant family. I will be back with two more tutorials, the last two I saved because they are awesome. I mean naturally you’re supposed to save the best for last right?