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How To Draw A Rose Step By Step

Updated on February 11, 2013

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Drawing Roses

The drawing of roses and flowers comes down to good observations and a solid confidence in drawing, but there are simpler ways to draw roses, as they aren't that complicated to get right.

Go out and find some roses and take a picture or two of them, or look online to find a few reference photos of roses, it doesn't matter what colour they are as they all look the same rose flower shape.

The pictures of roses are the ideal reference to learn how to draw them as life drawing is a key element in any artists learning, so the best thing to do is to go out and about and see lots of things that exist in city gardens like trees and flowers and other plants and just sketch them to get an idea of different ways of drawing certain landscape features.

I like to sketch stuff like this as a break from my comic book style drawing and it really does help to refresh your artistic creativity too by drawing things you wouldn't ordinarily draw.

Here is a little step by step guide to draw a rose and it is easier than you think if you take the time to practice drawing all floral stuff.

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Drawing A Rose

Learn To Draw A Rose. Photo copyright Wayne Tully 2010.
Learn To Draw A Rose. Photo copyright Wayne Tully 2010.

Basic Rose Outline

Simple Rose Outline.
Simple Rose Outline.

Rough Outline Of The Rose

 Here is a rough outline of our intended rose drawing, we start off with a simple line for the stem and a couple of tiny branches and just a rough circle shape for the flower petals later on.

We could draw the leaves in later on, as these are the details as the tricky part is drawing the petal arrangement, but for now our basic outline is the best way to start a rose drawing from scratch.

Rough Pencil Lines For The Petals

The rose drawing takes a little bit more shape.
The rose drawing takes a little bit more shape.

Forming The Petals And The Leaves

This is the important step of sketching in the petal formation, as you want it to look right, I suggest an unsymmetrical approach, as this makes the petals look real..

I left the lower leaves quite light as the edges need to have a jagged edge to them, tiny details like this are added later on

I tend to think of the petal arrangement as a tornado with the spiral shape being all of the petals opening out like in the next drawing here.

Adding Details And Strengthening The Pencil Lines

Looking more like a rose with darkened lines.
Looking more like a rose with darkened lines.

Rose Details And Shading

 The darkening of the pencil lines now makes the rose drawing more defined and we can start adding the shading to the flower.

You can make up the shading quite easily by deciding on what dark areas to shade to separate them from the light areas.

I also add the thorns in here and the jagged edges of the leaves too as small details that are part of the rose flower design.

Final Shaded Rose Drawing

Final pencil drawing of our rose.
Final pencil drawing of our rose.

Finishing Off The Roses Shading

Here we have the final rose drawing, all shaded and with the pencil lines cleaned up slightly, When I've finished a simple drawing like this I like to leave well alone, before I add too much detail and other things that detract from the subject at hand.

Just remember that with anything you draw, it is far easier to break down the steps into easier to manage byte sized steps.

Now go and draw some roses, maybe a bunch of roses!

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Draw A Rose

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      saman butt 4 years ago

      nice

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      kristi 5 years ago

      very nice

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      Hailie 5 years ago

      It's pretty good, but the petals are much too thick.

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      la la land 98 5 years ago

      oh very nice XD i love the petals shapes XDXDXD

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      ---------------------------------------- 5 years ago

      its Ok i guess ive seen better and drawn better but ive had lots of lessons and ruined billions of pencils and paper but don't get me wrong its really good your shading technique is very nice.

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      Joy56 5 years ago

      yeah but it cant go up from 100 well done....

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      Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yep 100 hubscore although it goes up and down a lot lol! cheers now!

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      Joy56 5 years ago

      you make it look so easy...... i must attempt this.... WOW a 100 score, and you are top of the list..... I am proud of you..... Rule Britania and all that.....

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      Niyamathulla 5 years ago

      Nice....

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      Amy 5 years ago

      it looks to hard to draw but it's atcualy really easy.

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      alexis 5 years ago

      they look so cool

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      Venesa 6 years ago

      What a fantastic picture.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi thank you for sharing this great hub. I am no artist but I may try my hand at this one. I will let you know how I get on.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks! I do have other drawing stuff planned, but my ebooks do come first!

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      sfrentz06 6 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

      Very useful information. I try my hand at drawing from time to time, but this is most helpful. Thanks.

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      lyndsay 6 years ago

      this is so simple

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      Dustin 6 years ago

      Thanks for posting this! I drew it for the Valentine's Day card I'm making my girlfriend. I hope she likes it!

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Ok then maybe try to draw a robot rose, might be more less complex!?

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      Lulu 6 years ago

      it is hard & i am so confused.

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      miala davis 6 years ago

      i am eleven and you made it easy todraw the flowers

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      kaylea stephens 6 years ago

      i love drawing i is my pasoin

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      hope 6 years ago

      very pretty... i admire your talent

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      rasha khan 6 years ago

      its 2 difficult to draw. teach me something EZ

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      9.6% squared!

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      Veryniceroses1351 6 years ago

      What's The Growth of a Rose?

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes Missdeedah!

      Always try and know where your light source is coming from, so that you can shade in at the opposite point which will be the shaded area....just experiment with shading as it is a great way of seeing how your shading will result on a typical drawing.

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      missdeedah 7 years ago

      I have a question for you, Waynet. When I try and draw roses, I can't get the shading of the shadows correctly. Do you have any advice for me?

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      i tried this and i got it done, mine looks almost like yours, thanks for sharing.

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      nataliw 7 years ago

      thnxx

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      keilyn  7 years ago

      i luv to draw but i probably couldn't draw that

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks starqueen!!

      Got more drawing stuff coming up too!

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      starqueen13 7 years ago from Houston, Tx

      wow this is amazing! cant wait to look at your other "how tos"

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank Anamika!

      A rose is very beautiful to draw and you have a very beautiful name too!

      Cheers now!

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! This is cool. I would love to visit your Tutorials too polish my drawing skills.

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      Selena 7 years ago

      It looks kinda hard to me since I'm little but I'll give it a try people say i should be an artist!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I do plan on doing more of these flower drawing tutorials and adding colour too them to set them off and really make a group of flower related drawing lessons.

      Cheers now Ladyjane!

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Oh you make it look so easy. Im afraid my Rose didn't come out as nice as yours. Thanks for the lesson anyway. Cheers.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! I find anything easier to draw if I just practice and work at it...

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      Jasmine 7 years ago

      When I first started drawing, rose was the most difficult drawing I had to make. Portraits are easier than flowers, at least for me.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Oh well...cheers anyway!!

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      hayhay 7 years ago

      alittle to complicated

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now, more drawing stuff to come!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love drawing flowers Waynet. The rose tutorial is super!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Silver Poet!

      To draw a rose I haven't done since school so I thought it would be cool if I tried, got more drawing stuff in the pipeline, just takes time....cheers now!

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      Silver Poet 7 years ago

      Great rose, and great instruction on how to draw one. I also draw roses, so I was curious to observe another person's techniques. It's always a helpful thing to gain information and broaden one's views.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Luciano!

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Good job!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      ha ha ha ha roses yep!

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      xailicec 7 years ago

      cool she loves roses!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha bla bla blah

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      SleeplessInBmore 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      very nice work!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Dolores!

      Hopefully got more drawing tutorials on the way!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Waynet, drawing a rose always seemed so hard to me but you've broken it down in a simple, practical manner. Great job. Thanks!

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      kerrnrjf 7 years ago

      its realy realy good (in my language this is how we say it jfiue heyrrdt heyrrdt hjhfueyfyeudjhfuy

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      brenda 7 years ago

      can you send me rose steps on mail

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It is drawing roses...cheers now!

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      QuirkyPearl 7 years ago from England - UK

      You make it look so simple ;-)

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Eonsaway!

      A lot of artists doing these drawing tutorials try to make it complicated with lots of individual steps to follow, but why make it complicated? I mean once you've drawn one thing, you can do it better next time right!

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      eonsaway 7 years ago from New Mexico, USA

      This is a good outline for teaching. For a beginning student, drawing a real rose is hard, {what I did} drawing it this way could build their confidence up.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Rubes!

      Practice makes perfect as the saying goes...drawing flowers is not really my cup of tea, but I tried to do it the best I could with this Rose drawing tutorial.

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      Rubes 7 years ago from Somwhere up high

      That is a beautiful rose you drew. I tried it myself but it did not come out anywhere near yours. I am bookmarking this and will definitely be back to learn some more. Thanks!!!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank you aspiringanimedrawermeghanhughes!

      Good job it wasn't a copyrighted character or else I would had to have had a credit back to me...good luck with your book!

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      aspiringanimedrawerMeghanHughes 8 years ago

      i am using your rose on the cover of my anime book! it is nowhere near finished, but thanks for that!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Richious!

      Drawing is fun, so try any day, no matter how it turns out!

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      richious 8 years ago

      That is a great rose you drew. I hope to learn to draw that good one day.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks myfirst50000!

      It's the first time I've drawn a rose...so cheers!

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      myfirst50000 8 years ago from New Brunswick

      First time I am reading an article about drawing. Nice rose, lovely details.

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      Iðunn 8 years ago

      And I shall have to add that to my inventory to read then, but I still have quite a few of yours unexplored still to fill the time. :) I"m going to try these, especially this one.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank you...I love drawing these how to draw hubpages, as it eventually will build up my content empire archives with more being added soon.

      I'm going to have to do one on how to draw a tree!

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      Iðunn 8 years ago

      very nice. the trick to good work of course is in the shading, but I actually do some black and white work and I think I possess a bit of an eye for that.

      lovely hub; of course I do love roses. who wouldn't? eventually I plan to haunt many of your Hubs and I'm glad I found time to get to a few of them. I can see future visits will also be educational and delightful.