How to Draw a Rose

Three Methods:Full Bloom RoseRose MotifA Rose with Stem

Roses are often referred to as the symbol of romance and love. They are beautiful and breathtaking to look at. If you don't have a green thumb, however, you can still create a rose on paper.

Method 1
Full Bloom Rose

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    Draw a small freehand circle in the center of the page. This will be the center of the rose.
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    Add an oval petal to the base. Add an irregular oval shape at a diagonal base of the above circle for the first petal.
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    Join the circle and the oval. Join a curved line from the small circle to the oval shape for the second petal.
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    Sketch another curved line between the oval and circle. Complete the first set of petals around the centre by joining yet another curved line to the above.
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    Draw a spiral for the second row of petals. Begin drawing the first spiral around the earlier made for the second row of petals.
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    Outline the earlier row with another curve. Engulf the earlier row of petals by a bigger outer irregular curve for the third row of petals.
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    Add wavy lines for outer petals. Join further outer petals of the rose with wavy lines joining at appropriate places.
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    Draw the extreme outer petal of the rose.
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    Detail the rose further with petals and leaves. Use the principles already described to do so.
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    Add colors as desired. Color the rose red with green leaves adding appropriate shades to it.

Method 2
Rose Motif

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    Draw a small spiral in the center of the page. This will be the center of your basic rose motif.
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    Extend a petal on one side of the spiral.
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    Add another petal to the opposite side of the spiral.
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    Join the first two petals with a third. Draw the third petal at the bottom of the spiral joining the above petal shapes.
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    Define the center. Add a small detail in the centre of the spiral of the rose.
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    Add a leaf to either side. Create a leaf each on either side of the flower with a small midrib each.
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    Color the rose as desired. Color the rose with variations of red and green for the leaves.

Method 3
A Rose with Stem

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    Draw a vertical curve in the center of the page. This will be a guide to the stem of the rose .
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    Sketch thorns along the left side of the curve. Add thorny details on the left side to the above made curved line.
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    Sketch additional thorns along the right side. Add details also on the right side of the curved line.
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    Create the first leaf. Draw a leaf extending on the top left side of the thorny curve.
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    Add more leaves on either side of the thorny stem. You only need a few more.
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    Detail the leaves. Add details to the leaves by drawing the midrib and a few veins.
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    Sketch the base of the rose. Start making the flower from its base by drawing the sepals.
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    Add petals around the center and right side. Go ahead with drawing the flower petals from the centre and adding one petal to its right.
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    Add further petals of the rose heading upwards. They should move toward the center.
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    Draw the center details of the rose petals.
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    Detail the leaves with edgy outer blades.
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    Erase all unnecessary guides. Color the rose petals and the leaves.
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    Add shading, as desired. Enrich the painting by applying appropriate shades and a shadow.

Tips

  • Smudging the line inwards is a shading technique which will add depth and realism to your rose.
  • If you only have a pencil or pen you may still contrast by applying different amounts of pressure or using multiple pens or pencils.
  • Make sure that you have a good idea of what you want it to look like before you start to actually draw the final rose, instead of just drawing as you go.
  • Keep your pencil lines light until you have confidence. While smudges can often be incorporated back into the whole, it's easier (and less stressful!) to be careful along the way.
  • Try to blend colours to make your rose more realistic.
  • For a rustic looking rose, color it red, then give it just touches of light brown enhancement.
  • Crinkle the paper and rip the edges to give the rose an antique look.
  • Lightly smudge the shaded areas and some of the darker lines to give a kind of rustic look.
  • With the pencil, lightly brush the area you're using to draw the picture so you can highlight where it's going.
  • Use a blunt pencil to give your drawing the rustic look.
  • After you are done, use markers to outline then use colored pencils or crayons to color it in.
  • Try to crinkle the paper to give the rose a more realistic look.
  • Instead of coloring it you can rather make it monochrome by pencil shading it to give it an old look.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons
  • Heart

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Categories: Drawing Flowers and Plants