Finding inspiration for your rose drawing
1. Familiarize yourself by looking at a picture of a rose or a rose itself. Study the way the petals surround the bud and how they open up at the ends.
Drawing the rose blossom
2. Draw an oval that’s more narrow on the top. It should look like an egg and this will serve as your “skeleton.”
3. Next, draw a short curve at the very top of the “egg” that resembles a smile.
4. Draw another smaller upside-down curve within the eye-shaped space at the top of the egg.
5. Draw a spiral shape within the small eye-shaped space at the top of the egg.
6. Draw lines from the spiral shape starting at four distinct points that meet the smiley faced curve right beneath the spiral. These are your innermost petals.
7. Draw some heart-shaped petals bordering your innermost petals. Use your smiley-faced curve as the bottom of your heart and make it so that the two humps of your heart meet in a point at the top of the egg.
8. Draw two more petals, like a heart fully encircling the inner petals. Then add a line from the lefthand petal (the lefthand half of your wider heart) to the outer egg.
Drawing the rose blossom’s exterior petals
9. Draw the outermost back petal.
10. Then, add another petal, swooping the front of your egg and touching the wider heart at its bottom point.
11. Now draw the second back petal.
12. Draw the next petal that swoops down the front of the rose diagonally. Think of this as the v petal.
13. Complete the v by adding the petal which connects to it.
14. Feel free to add another petal peaking out the back. Nature is sometimes asymmetrical!
15. Clean things up by erasing the “skeleton” lines. Below is your image with skeleton lines.
Below is your image without skeleton lines.
Drawing the rose’s leaves and stem
16. Draw some leaves at the very bottom of your rose.
17. Connect your leaves with the bud that will eventually serve as your stem connector.
18. Here comes the stem! Draw an “S” shape and join it to your stem connector.
19. Then come the bottom of the stem, a very small oval (or egg).
20. Draw another s shape underneath the first one, connecting it to the other side of your tiny stem “egg.”
21. Let’s draw some more s shapes growing out of our stem for our leaves.
22. Draw heart-shaped leaves that connect to your s shapes.
23. I like to draw “ridges” on the outside of my rose petals.
24. Up next are the prickly thorns.
25. Clean up by erasing the “skeleton” lines on your stem/leaves.
26. Feel free to add some fun veiny leaf detail! This can add some more interest and texture to the rose.
Coloring your rose drawing
27. Finally, here comes the fun part. Color your rose! Add some shadow! And voila! You are done.
Rose Drawing FAQ
Common questions and answers from artists around the world.
Why can it be difficult to draw a flower like a rosebud?
The three-dimensional perspectives required to draw a flower or rosebud like the one in this tutorial can be challenging. You need to think through the various rose petals and how they work together to complete the actual flower head itself. This step by step tutorial should make a simple rose drawing easy.
Should I add shading to my image?
You certainly can. Try starting with light shading first then adding in shading as you go. Think about the perspective of the actual flower itself and the shape of the flower, then think about where you might see shadows in real life.
What can I use this drawing for?
You could make custom cards for Mother’s Day or maybe Valentine’s Day. These are just some ideas.
Can I use colored pencils to draw this flower?
You certainly can. But try to use a dark pencil to draw the flower, like in this tutorial. There are many ways to draw a rose, try to have fun with it. Be creative and explore what works for you.
Why am I having a hard time drawing a rose?
It’s okay! It’s not easy. Take your time and keep practicing. Drawing a realistic rose can be a feat for beginners and intermediates. Try to take your time and go slowly, start small and then increase your complexity of the rose as you go.
What paper should I use?
Heavy card stock paper is great to use. Or construction paper. Try not to use printer paper as it will be difficult to work with. And doesn’t look as great when you draw flowers on it.