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Uploaded: April 16, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: April 16, 2012
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Well guys, I’m nearing the end of my tutorial day because I only have one more lesson to upload after this one. I was going to make a lesson on something wicked cool, but I ran out of time to do so. Maybe I will get back to what I wanted to do another day and surprise you all with the concept that I have in mind. For now, what do you say we tackle a task on "how to sketch a rose", step by step. There are plenty of sketched rose lessons on Dragoart, but I felt like making another because I know there are a lot of members and visitors that just can’t get enough tutorials on roses. It took me about two hours to sketch out the rose to a style that I like. The shading and tutorial layout took another hour, so I guess you could say that in total it took me roughly three hours just to sketch out a rose. I love roses as well as other flowers that start blooming in the late spring, to early summer months. My family has two Knock Out rose bushes that they planted last year, so hopefully they come into full bloom once again this year. They smell so fantastic and are so beautiful when the bushes are full of dark pink colored roses. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any blooms until May sometime, but the wait is worth the while. Anyways, I had a lot of fun sketching flowers based on a single rose. If you love tackling roses should enjoy this lesson on how to sketch a rose too. I shall return with my last lesson so be sure to stick around a while longer. Adios people and enjoy!

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How to Sketch a Rose

how to sketch a rose step 1

STEP 1.

The easiest way to begin sketching a rose is to make a fancy style S that has a curled in tip at the top.
 
how to sketch a rose step 2

STEP 2.

When you start sketching out the rose petals, you can begin to see how the S actually forms the base of the rose bud or center part of the rose bloom. Sketch in some nice rounded but pointed petals that has a nice center swirl.
 
how to sketch a rose step 3

STEP 3.

Continue to sketch in more petals, but this time the petals are larger, and a bit more full looking. At this point the rose starts to take on a bloomed form.
 
how to sketch a rose step 4

STEP 4.

Starting at the right, begin sketching out more of the rose petals. There should be a smaller shaped petal, as well as a larger shaped petal that points in the center.
 
how to sketch a rose step 5

STEP 5.

Now that the rose is all sketched out all you have to start doing now is sketch out the leaves which are in three. Sketch in the center of the leaves like so, then proceed to the next step.
 
how to sketch a rose step 6

STEP 6.

Once you have cleaned up the rose freeing it from mistakes, you can start sketching in the shading starting at the center of the rose, and then slowly work your way out on the first fold of the rose petal. Notice how there are light spots which are not shaded to darkly.
 
how to sketch a rose step 7

STEP 7.

You will continue to sketch in the shading which adds detail, definition and texture to your rose. Notice the crosshatching as well which is all part of the base shading process.
 
how to sketch a rose step 8

STEP 8.

Continue to shade in the rose petals like so, and all you have to do is follow the darkness and lightly shaded areas of the rose like you see here. Use the rose above as your guide.
 
how to sketch a rose step 9

STEP 9.

Shade more of petals until they are all shaded in. There are lighter areas to the shading process as well as darkened areas as well.
 
how to sketch a rose step 10

STEP 10.

Work on getting the base shading done on the leaves, and when you are done move to step eleven.
 
how to sketch a rose step 11

STEP 11.

You will start adding your light source to the rose. Do this by simply erasing and smudging until you get the areas lighter like you see it done here on the rose.
 
how to sketch a rose step 12

STEP 12.

Soften the rose shading process and when you're done your sketch should look like the rose you see here. I hope you enjoyed this lesson on sketching a rose.