Learn how to draw a succulent in this easy step by step tutorial

How to draw a succulent

One of the most popular plants that people get is succulents.

They’re loved by all plant people and even non-plant people because they’re so easy to maintain!

A succulent is a plant that has very thick and fleshy leaves because it stores a lot of water, hence requiring less maintenance.

I’m going to teach you how to draw a succulent in this easy step-by-step guide!

I’ve already covered multiple posts on drawing cute and kawaii animals like this kawaii dog tutorial and this kawaii cat tutorial.

You can check out all my kawaii tutorials here.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a kid or an adult, I will break down how to draw a simple succulent step by step.

I’ll even cover how to draw a cactus and an aloe vera plant.

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I usually use an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create all my illustrations.

But you can use any tool – pencils and paper or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

How to draw a succulent in a pot – Easy Step by step instructions

I will start this tutorial by showing you how to draw a cactus first, as it’s the most simple succulent to draw!

It’s one of the easiest succulents to draw, so we will begin with that.

How to draw a cactus

Let’s start with the pot.

We’ll start with a simple straight line.

Draw a straight line first.

Then we will draw a small semi-circle. This makes the pot.

Then draw a semicircle. This is the pot of the succulent.

And we’ve finished drawing the pot!

Easy, isn’t it?

I’m drawing this succulent in a cartoon style.

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Next, I’m going to draw the cactus. Just follow this simple shape.

Next draw the cactus.

Next, I’m going to draw the flower on top of the cactus.

And draw the flower on top of the succulent cactus.

And finally, let’s complete this cute succulent drawing by adding a small kawaii face to the pot.

Finally draw the facial expression on the pot.

Now, we just have to color the cactus. Let’s start by erasing the overlapping lines and then coloring the pot.

Color the succulent pot

And then, color the cactus green. Remember to draw small lines in a darker green color to indicate the thorns of the cactus.

This will add texture to your drawing!

Next color the cactus and draw small needles on it

And finally, let’s color the cactus flower.

And color the flower and we are done!

And voila! We’ve learned how to draw a cactus!

How to draw an aloe vera plant

Okay, the second most popular succulent is the aloe vera plant.

I’m going to change the shape of the pot for this, just to add some panache!

I’m going to start by drawing the rim of the pot.

First let's draw a rectangle

Next, draw the remaining pot. I’m going to go for an almost rectangular pot.

Next draw the rest of the pot

Now, let’s draw the leaves. Remember, the leaves of an aloe vera plant are kinda long and fleshy.

Now add the long leaves

Let’s keep drawing till we finish drawing all the leaves of the aloe vera plant succulent.

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Keep drawing till you finish the leaves of the aloe vera plant

And finally, all that’s left is to draw the face on the pot!

This completes the look of the cute succulent drawing. Just draw 2 small eys and a cute “u” mouth and we’re done!

Last draw the pot's face

The succulent is nearly done! We just have to color it now.

Let’s start by coloring the pot. I’m going to go for a nice lilac shade.

Color the pot of the succulent plant

Next, I’m going to color the leaves a pale green color.

Now color the leaves

Next, to make the leaves of the succulent more realistic, I’m going to draw stripes on the leaves in a darker shade of green.

Add stripes to the succulent plant

Color the remaining leaves.

Color the remaining succulent

And voila! We’ve finished learning how to draw an aloe vera plant.

If you’re looking for an easy tutorial on how to draw a succulent for kids, this is it!

It’s also very cute.

How to draw an echeveria plant

An echeveria succulent plant is very popular among kids and teenagers.

It’s also very easy to maintain.

Let’s start by drawing the rim of the pot.

First draw the rim of the pot.

Now, let’s finish the pot by drawing the bottom of the pot.

Then draw the pot

Next, I’m going to draw the leaves. These leaves are shaped like petals. So let me draw 1 leaf of this succulent so you get an idea of what the shape is like.

Now draw the succulent
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Now, I’m going to draw the rest of the leaves. Take it easy. The shape can be confusing.

Remember, they’re shaped like petals. Draw 1 by 1 and it won’t be so hard!

Draw the remaining leaves of the succulent

And that’s it! Just draw the eyes and mouth on the succulent pot to add that kawaii effect!

Complete the pot with a small facial expression

Now, let’s color the pot.

Color the pot

Okay, the succulent’s leaves can be in a few different colors. I’m going to add 3 shades of green to this drawing.

I’m going to start with a light green and color some of the leaves first.

Color a few leaves

Then, I’m going to go in with a darker color and color a few more leaves. See, it’s coming along nicely now!

Draw the leaves

Now, I’m going to go with an even darker green and color the remaining leaves of the succulent!

Color all the leaves of the succulent

And voila! We’ve finished drawing 3 types of succulents.

Conclusion of how to draw a succulent + Drawing Resources

I hope this tutorial was really helpful to you and you were able to learn how to draw a cactus and succulents.

I understand that drawing plants can sometimes be difficult, but the more you practice, the easier it gets!

If you’re interested in drawing more kawaii plants, take a look at this book, please!

If you want to see more tutorials on drawing kawaii animals and kawaii things, please leave a comment below on what you’d like to see next!

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