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How to Draw a Rose in 5 Easy Steps

Updated on October 8, 2012
Yes, that is the crudely drawn cat I always looked for on letters from my grandfather
Yes, that is the crudely drawn cat I always looked for on letters from my grandfather | Source

Why You Might Want to Learn How to Draw a Rose

When I was a young boy, I would always look for a letter in the mailbox from my dear grandfather - we called him "Papa." I could always tell the letter was from him because there would be a simply drawn cat on the outside of the envelope next to my name. It might not seem like a big deal to most adults, but as a child, those crudely drawn cats were a sign that I was special to my grandfather.

That cat has lived in my heart to this day and I often include my own little drawings on correspondence with my children and family.

Here is how I draw a rose in 5 easy steps...


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Step 1: Draw a Simple Line

Please do not be intimidated about starting this drawing. I have worked as a professional artist for over 40 years and I have taught many people how to draw many things over the years. This is one of the easiest things to draw.

As with most every drawing, start with a simple line.

The line doesn't even have to be straight.

As a matter of fact, it's better if it's a bit crooked.

Place your pencil or pen on the paper and pull it downward toward you in a curving motion drawing a line about 1.5 to 2 inches long.

See how easy that is?

You have just started to learn how to draw a rose.


Step 2: Add a Circle, Halo and Lines

OK - you've got the line down on paper.

The next step is to draw a circle right at the top end of the line.

The circle should be about the size of a dime.

Just above that circle, draw a halo. The halo should not be as wide as the circle.

Next, draw two curving lines that are connected to the sides of the circle.


Step 3: Almost There

Start by making a curving line on the left of the circle - this will form the shape of a petal.

Down on the stem, draw two curving lines which extend away from the middle line, or stem.

Finally, draw a curly-cue line inside the halo at the top.

You should really begin to see the basic shape of the rose at this point in your drawing. Just 2 more steps and you'll be finished!


Step 4: Draw the Leaves for the Rose

From those curving lines you drew from the stem in the last step, carefully draw two more curved lines on the end of each of these lines.

The leaves of a rose are more circular at their base where they are attached to the stem.

At the outer end of the leaves, they come to a point.

Just draw them like you see here in the picture.


Step 5: Add the Final Touches

By this stage, you can clearly see the rose.

Finish it up by adding some simple shading on the leaves, as shown.

Next, add some shading to the rose bud and petals.

Finally, make the stem line a bit stronger and add some thorns - after all, what is a rose without some thorns, right?

Congratulations - you are now able to draw a simple rose.

So What? You Can Draw a Rose

So it's pretty simple to draw a rose, right? Now what are you going to do with this new found talent of yours? Well, maybe you can use it come Valentine's Day and draw a single rose on the envelope or inside the card next to your romantic message?

I know the drawing my grandfather used to put on the letters he wrote to me made them very unique and personal - they became very special to me.

So, take this talent of yours and go make life special for yourself and for those you love.

Good luck!


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      MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

      I'm not really familiar with that particular word, but thank you(?).

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      MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

      Coffee Lover ( love that name!) - thanks for stopping by and taking time to read this Hub. Yes, it does take practice and hard work to become an accomplished artist - and it's well worth it! Best of luck to you! M

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      coffee lover 3 years ago

      Your rose is BOSS!!Drawing a rose and shading it is pretty hard.Your rose is so so pretty!!!!!!!!!! I already know its hard work to draw a rose!!!!It takes A lot of practice to draw a rose that perfectly!!!!!

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow, thanks KoffeeKlatchGals - Appresiate the read and vote of confidence. There's more of these coming in the days ahead. Best, M

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love your step by step directions. They were easy to follow. So easy that I was able to draw a pretty rose for the first time. Thank you. Up, useful, beautiful and awesome.

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      MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

      savingkathy, kashmir 56 and RTalloni - thanks for the read and comments. RT, the video should be working correctly. Best, M

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great! I love the easy to follow directions, and the video is a nice touch. My favourite part of this hub is the story of how your grandfather used to draw cats on his letters to you. What an awesome thing to do - and it clearly made an impression on you to write about it after all of these years!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great step by step drawing lesson and it was so easy to follow. Well done and written hub .

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      I love this sort of step-by-step for two reasons. First, they show children that they really can draw. As well, I always learn something new. Thanks. Will have to come back to the video as an error occurred and it told me to "try again later."