How To Draw A Rose
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How To Draw A Rose: A Step By Step Guide

This step by step guide on how to draw a rose is perfect for illustrators of all ability levels. We asked a professional artist to beat out the steps to creating a rose drawing for anyone. So whether you’re a beginner or an expert looking for tips on drawing one of Earth’s most beautiful flowers, the following instructions make it simple and easy. Use these directions to construct a digital rose, or a more traditional image with with pen and paper.

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.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

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.”

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

3. Next, draw a short curve at the very top of the “egg” that resembles a smile.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

4. Draw another smaller upside-down curve within the eye-shaped space at the top of the egg.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

5. Draw a spiral shape within the small eye-shaped space at the top of the egg.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

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.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

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.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

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.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Drawing the rose blossom’s exterior petals

9. Draw the outermost back petal.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

10. Then, add another petal, swooping the front of your egg and touching the wider heart at its bottom point.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

11. Now draw the second back petal.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

12. Draw the next petal that swoops down the front of the rose diagonally. Think of this as the v petal.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

13. Complete the v by adding the petal which connects to it.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

14. Feel free to add another petal peaking out the back. Nature is sometimes asymmetrical!

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

15. Clean things up by erasing the “skeleton” lines. Below is your image with skeleton lines.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Below is your image without skeleton lines.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Drawing the rose’s leaves and stem

16. Draw some leaves at the very bottom of your rose.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

17. Connect your leaves with the bud that will eventually serve as your stem connector.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

18. Here comes the stem! Draw an “S” shape and join it to your stem connector.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

19. Then come the bottom of the stem, a very small oval (or egg).

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

20. Draw another s shape underneath the first one, connecting it to the other side of your tiny stem “egg.”

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

21. Let’s draw some more s shapes growing out of our stem for our leaves.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

22. Draw heart-shaped leaves that connect to your s shapes.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

23. I like to draw “ridges” on the outside of my rose petals.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

24. Up next are the prickly thorns.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

25. Clean up by erasing the “skeleton” lines on your stem/leaves.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

26. Feel free to add some fun veiny leaf detail! This can add some more interest and texture to the rose.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Coloring your rose drawing

27. Finally, here comes the fun part. Color your rose! Add some shadow! And voila! You are done.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose