How To Draw A Rose

How To Draw A Rose: A Step By Step Guide

Some of the best ways to learn new drawing techniques is by utilizing drawing tutorials and practicing with simple shapes until the piece is at its best. Draw a rose step-by-step with this tutorial that begins with your first line and ends with tips on coloring and shading the flower. Artists of all levels are invited to work with this guide to learn how to draw roses and create the best rose drawing one’s ever seen. Follow along through the simple steps and guidelines below to perfect one of the world’s most popular flowers.

Step One: Finding Inspiration for Your Rose Drawing

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

Step Two

Draw an oval shape 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

Step Three

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Four

Draw another smaller upside-down curve at the top of the egg. These two lines connecting resemble a sort of eye shape.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Five

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

Step Six: Drawing Petals

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 at the rose center.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Seven

Draw few petals that resemble a heart shape 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

Step Eight

Draw two more petals, like a heart fully encircling the inner petals. Then add a line from the left petal (the lefthand half of your wider heart) to the outer egg.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Nine

Draw the outermost back petal.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Ten

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Eleven

Now draw the second back petal.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twelve

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

Step Thirteen

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Fourteen

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Fifteen

Clean things up by erasing the “skeleton” lines, otherwise known as the light lines that helped shape the drawing and other petals. 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

Step Sixteen

Draw some leaves at the very bottom of your rose.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Seventeen

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Eighteen: The Stem

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

Step Nineteen

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twenty

Draw the same thing, 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

Step Twenty-One

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

Step Twenty-Two

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twenty-Three

I like to draw “ridges” on the outside of my rose petals to add more shading and texture to the flower drawing.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twenty-Four

Up next are the prickly thorns.

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twenty-Five

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

How To Draw A Rose
How To Draw A Rose

Step Twenty-Six

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

Step Twenty-Seven: Add Some Color

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

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.

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