How to Sketch a Rose

Artist: Glaiceana / December 18, 2010
How to Sketch a Rose

Step 1.


First start by drawing some simple shallow “c” shapes, in a sort of spiral shape. The red shows where to begin. Tip: I find that this is the easiest way to start. When you look at roses, you can see how your eye is drawn into the centre of the p   

Step 2.


Continue to draw these lines around the centre. Make them slightly random, since the petals don’t grow in any particular pattern. Best way to do this is draw quickly, this is a sketch, so its all about getting the basic shape drawn out and having a   

Step 3.


Now we start to give the petals edges. The red shows where to place lines to define the petals shape. The “c” shapes you have drawn are the top of the petals, so the next lines show where the petals start and end. Tip: Remember that the petals    

Step 4.


Now you can also draw in the lips or folds of the petals. The red shows some basic shapes that you can repeat on some or all of the petals if you wish. Keep in mind the direction the folds are, for example, the back petals, you will not be able to se   

Step 5.


Define the outermost edge of the rose now, you should be able to see its shape. The petals on the outside are the biggest, and they fold around each other, coming out from the stem. Tip: You don’t have to draw in the stem, but if you add a small    

Step 6.


Finally, rub out any small mistakes if you don’t want them there, remember, this is just a sketch, and this technique can be used as a way of practicing drawing roses, about exploring their shapes and getting used to their forms. You should be able   

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Artist: Glaiceana
Date Added: December 18, 2010
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Description: This is a tutorial on “How to Sketch a Rose”. It will be best to use a pencil any where between B and 3B, but a normal HB pencil should do fine. Have an eraser handy as well, but don’t worry about using it too much. This is meant to be a quick sketch, so you should spend no more than 30 mins on this. I will go through the steps I take to drawing a rose, starting with simple shapes, then adding in small specific lines to bring out the form.