How to draw a rose

In this tutorial, we want to show you how to draw a rose. In this article, we will deal with the structure of roses and the best way to draw a rose. Above you can see our desired result. The drawing you can hopefully draw at the end of this tutorial – our finished rose. In this tutorial for drawing a rose, there will be less background knowledge and more the simple drawing of how to draw a rose. To get to the content of the tutorial: First, we will outline the shape of the rose, which resembles a cylinder. Then we set the center of the rose in this shape and start with the inner petal. Then we work our way outwards and place more leaves in a circle around the calyx. Then we add a few details, and at the very end, when we are done with everything, we can add a stem with thorns and leaves if necessary. At the very end, we will draw the shades of the rose.
how to draw a rose

Drawing the shape of the rose

We start with a slightly lateral rose and draw the inner calyx first. You can see the shape in the picture. Each rose is individual, so you don’t have to draw each rose the same way every time. Especially when drawing several roses next to each other, it is a good idea to vary with the roses. You place the center in the center above. Where exactly, you can take again from the picture. This is always difficult to describe with a text.
how to draw a rose

Draw the petals of the rose

First, we can draw small leaves in the middle. It looks like a tangle, but should already have a certain structure. In other words: You should know what you wanted to draw. Next, we can draw the first large leaf of the rose. Especially important with these outwardly curved leaves is that you run towards the sides a little too pointed and with the rose drawing make sure that the edges are not completely smooth. They can be a bit blurred so that the rose doesn’t look so clinical and plastic, but just natural.
how to draw a rose

The outer leaves still have to be drawn after we have drawn the inner calyx of the rose. The outer leaves can also look a bit more angular because they have already unfolded a bit. But be careful not to make them too angular and to bring in the curved flower forms from time to time. It is also important that the flowers overlap and partly cover each other.
how to draw a rose

Draw the stem and details of the rose

For the stem, we can draw two lines downwards and then refine them. Do not draw a straight stem, but add knots, waves, etc.. You can also add more lines inside the stem to give it a woody look.

We now draw the lower base leaves from the stem. The pointed leaves, which lie just below the rose. Now we draw the base leaves below the rose blossom. Just draw slightly wobbly triangles and a midline. And within the leaf light leaf veins. For the rose drawing, it is merely important that everything looks natural and filigree as possible. This way we already have a sketch of the rose.
how to draw a rose

If you are satisfied with your rose shape, you can now draw the first details of the rose. Especially small cracks look very natural. You can also add water droplets if you feel like it. You can also draw a little bit of the rose’s grain. Just make sure your rose doesn’t end up looking like a cabbage. But the grains only really come through at the end.

Draw the shading of the rose

For shading, we use a relatively hard pencil. This pencil is suitable to start with. The shadows are especially between the petals and where there is no light. To find out where no light falls, you can set a point somewhere on the leaf, from which direction the light should come. Later, when we make the right shades, they can be set with light circles. To the inside of the rose, the shadows become darker and darker. In the middle, it is particularly dark, because there the many small leaves overlap strongly.

Now we dedicate ourselves with a relatively soft pencil, I use for it 5B, the big sheets. We start inside with shading and draw the petals again. This middle will be very dark. Next, we come to the large outer leaves. There you can add full shades with details like the grain. The lines of the petals can also be repainted, but you should make sure that the lines do not become too thick comic lines. By drawing in small lines as a hint of cracks, we can give the whole a little plasticity. Especially in corners, where several blossom leaves meet, the shadows and therefore your shades are very dark. There is hardly any light because the whole petals shield it. If you shade these corners very dark, the petals appear much more vivid. You can also make the leaves stand out a bit more by only getting a little darker below the leaf edge. If you draw the shading lines in the direction of the rose petal grain, your shading will be more realistic. Details such as torn or nibbled petals make the rose look more realistic. But don’t exaggerate such features when drawing a rose. Otherwise, it will be too overcharged and will not look real anymore.
how to draw a rose

The outer edges of the leaves can also be lightened later with an eraser. This can be worth it. When shading the rose, imagine that the leaves are also quite lively. You should also keep this momentum in mind when shading the rose by shading the top, bottom and sides a bit darker.

But overall it’s better to shade a little less than too much. You can still make it darker but making it lighter is a bit difficult, especially if we are already working with very soft pencils. Small corners in the rose can be made very dark, to increase the plasticity. Angled areas can be darkened well. But when drawing a rose, make sure you really set the obscure angles correctly, not just place dark sources somewhere as if you had ten thousand light sources. Unfortunately, that won’t work, at least not satisfactorily.

By the way, if you have trouble painting and eventually realize that something doesn’t fit when you’re done, try sketching the picture as we had it at the beginning, draw this. Then go for half an hour and do something a little different. Run around, maybe eat something, drink something or stretch your fingers. Then go back to your drawing later and take another look at the picture. Most of the time, you only notice where you’ve done something wrong once you’ve gone away and come back.

The best way to design the shading is to guide the lines in the same way as the grain of the petals looks. The edges should run from the lower part of the leaf upwards or to the middle.

Of course, beautiful roses for drawing can not only be found on the internet. If you’re a bit experienced with it and you’ve done it a few times, dare to go and pick roses from the garden or sit with them and paint the rose in real. Then maybe you can touch the flower and draw the roses as they are. This gives you a lot more familiarity with the matter.

For further details, we take our 4B pen and add cracks where already dark lines are and define the leaves a bit better.

The base leaves we shade at the top are a bit darker than at the bottom.

The stem should be shaded in such a way that the stem is darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. The flower of the rose casts a shadow on the stem, at least if the light comes from above.

Bonus: Embed the rose in a dark background

The last thing you can do is I’ll do it in the end because it’s optional now. We can take a cotton swab and smudge the rose a little bit to get smoother transitions. You shouldn’t do it too hard, because in the end you only have to work on refreshing the lines again and the whole structure that we laboriously worked out is then gone back. So use it sparingly, don’t get the hell out of it.
how to draw a rose