how to sketch a rose

How to Sketch a Rose

Step 1.

Where to begin, where to begin? Well, it helps to see the different layers of petals as circles, one within the other. From here we can build the rest of the rose.

Step 2.

Starting at the center of the rose is always best. Don't worry about getting everything right and exact, this is only a sketch.

Step 3.

This is what you should end up with if you keep working from the inside out. Remember that the outer petals are UNDER the inner ones. It should be obvious if you somehow draw one of the petals in a funky way...

Step 4.

Shade in the rose and blend using a tortillion or soft paper.

Step 5.

Get your eraser and start erasing the tips and lightest parts of the petals. Don't get carried away though! You want to save some of that shading for you shadows.

Step 6.

After you have roughly brightened your petals you can add a dark outline around the flower to make its lightness stand out.

Step 7.

Now you can go in with your trusty blending device and blend the dark outline into the background. You can also go into the rose and add a few shadows. And I believe this is as far as I feel like taking this sketch, lets try another one!

Step 8.

This time I sketch out the basic form of the rose why keeping the most focus on the center.

Step 9.

We can now start our development from the center of the rose outwards.

Step 10.

A bit more development...

Step 11.

We are almost there!

Step 12.

And there we have some pretty line art of a rose! You could call this good enough as a sketch if you don't feel like shading.

Step 13.

But if you DO feel like shading shade the rose in and blend with a blending device. Unlike in the first rose, I kept the background clean on this one.

Step 14.

Now go in with your trusty eraser and add a few highlights here and there. Also pencil in a few shadows wherever you see fit. You should now have a pretty decent sketch of a rose! Remember that the best way to learn how to create anything is by sketching it. This is the method of sketching that works for me. You may have your own method or you may develop your own method but as long as you keep on sketching efficiently you will keep finding it easier to draw, paint, sculpt,and create everything!

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Uploaded: November 4, 2010
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 14
Updated: November 4, 2010
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Artist comments

Roses always seem to give people trouble when they try to draw them. As with everything art, the easiest way to learn how to create anything is by sketching it. This tutorial will definitely give you helpful tips and tricks on "how to sketch a a rose". It's good to get yourself familiar with drawing the basic essentials of a rose. You'll need to prepare yourself with a few essential tools that's needed for quickly sketching something. Now, here is how I tackle sketching roses.