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### Rose tutorial

1. 1. This rose drawing exercise is focused to begin from the center of the flower and graduallyevolve outward.It is only one of the possible ways to draw. The flip side of this approach is that it is a bitdifficult to predict exactly the final size of the whole rose.This is a simplified way of drawing such complex flower like a rose. Draw a couple a wavyshapes. These wavy lines represent the tips of the central petals sticking out in the middle.In the beginning it resembles to a cartoon illustration rather than to a rose drawing.Analogically you can learn how to draw a rose from outside in – of course, but you wouldhave to draw more accurate curves and contours in order to match the central point whenyou reach there.Continue to draw – add – petals. Notice that almost every rose has its petals curled outwardon the edges.
2. 2. Draw only the outline contours of petals.You need not to draw them absolutely perfectly and exactly; you are a human not a scanner. click the image to enlargeShape of the rose’s head is gradually emerging.
3. 3. click the image to enlargeDraw the last petal on the bottom and add three visible sepals. Then by single pencil lineoutline the stem.This line is the guideline around which you draw two parallel lines. See the picture.You choose how long or how curved will be the stem. I made it like this but you can makeyours as you like.
4. 4. click the image to enlargeOutline the petioles and leaf lines as you see on the picture. Using this simple techniqueyou’ll learn how to draw a rose that will look as realistic as possible. click the image to enlarge
5. 5. You can notice that on every flower stem there are several petioles with leaves.The shape of rose’s leaves is very simple and very easy to draw. Notice that every leaf hasvisible veins.You can outline the side veins as you like but the central vein is always running along theleaf. click the image to enlargeWhen you are learning how to draw a rose, do not forget to add a few thorns.
6. 6. click the image to enlargeThe process of coloring the rose is virtually the same like Hibiscus or Tulip Flowers or anyother flower.You need two color pencils: pink and light green.Over the graphite pencil lines, outline the contours of the rose. This time make sure the linesare exact.Head of the rose is pink and the rest is light green.When you are done, erase the rest of initial graphite pencil lines. The only colored pencillines remain – similar like on this picture.Now you have a perfect “how to draw a rose template”.
7. 7. click the image to enlargeBegin to color the head in pink and the leaves in light green. No shading, no pushing thecolor pencil at this stage.Just gentle and even basic coloring as you see on the picture.
8. 8. click the image to enlargeFirst, start to shade the rose from the head. Use the same pink color pencil and create shadeby stronger pencil strokes.Be careful, always move your pencil strokes the same direction as the petals are growing.Observe these pictures, you’ll get the idea. click the image to enlargeThe pencil strokes are better visible here. They should always follow the direction of petalgrowing.Always remember this important point when you learn how to draw a rose.
9. 9. click the image to enlargeGradually create shade and the rose head is getting nicer. Always try to make it better thanmine! click the image to enlargeOne more detail. Let’s give this rose even better look. Refine the shade byshort round
10. 10. strokes only on the edges of the petals.If you have kneaded eraser you can create the lighter part on the edges.Kneaded eraser is good because you can remove the color simply by touching that part onthe rose by eraser. click the image to enlargeThis rose head looks a little like from an old painting…;-)When practicing how to draw a rose, you may discover your own new ways of adding upfinal touches. This will give your rose drawing a personal print.Now you know how to do both. Make your drawings always better than mine!
11. 11. click the image to enlargeGet your dark green color pencil and continue to color the rest. Start with the sepals first. click the image to enlargeDarken the flower stem and the leaves. Add a gentle touch of dark red color along the stembefore you darken it with green color. This will add to the rose stem a natural look.
12. 12. The thorns should be colored with combination of green, red and brown.On the eaves, please leave area around the vein lines brighter. click the image to enlargeColor the leaves by dark green color pencil. Brighter areas around the vein lines give thedrawing an impression of three-dimensionality.As you see, learning how to draw a rose is not only making the perfect rose head but quite amany details on the green parts too.
13. 13. click the image to enlargeWhen you’re done with leaves, now, take a dark red color pencil and slightly, really verygently add a weak red color shade on the leaves.Do You Love Drawing Roses?Click HERE To ShareYour Own ROSE DrawingsLet’s Learn How to Draw a Rose Head
14. 14. click on the image to enlargeThere are many different approaches of how to draw something. It means, yes, there aremany ways of how to draw a rose too.It all depends…if you draw only a rose head, then you can relax and begin to draw it fromany point because the rose head is the only object.You can do it from the center, starting by drawing a chalice, or you can begin to draw fromthe outline contour. click on the image to enlargeStart from the central part by sketching a peanut-like or chalice-like noodle. The upper partis prolonged because it includes also the contour of one petal.This will be the basic shape from which you will gradually develop the whole rose head.
15. 15. click on the image to enlargeYou can gradually begin to add the rose petals. The rose petals open – fold outwards on thetop of the rose head.This is one of the typical features that you notice when you’re learning how to draw a rose. click on the image to enlargeAt this stage the picture is a grotesque rough sketch rather than drawing, but as you proceedthe shape of the rose will slowly emerge.
16. 16. click on the image to enlargeWhen you draw larger petals, those petals that are opened, the rose head begins to get itstypical shape. click on the image to enlargeSo far we were sketching the basic contours of a rose head only by graphite pencil.Since graphite pencil tends to make the paper dirty we shall replace it with a pink colorpencil.Using now a pink color pencil draw a single line over the initial graphite pencil contoursketch.When you are ready, erase the graphite pencil lines. Graphite pencil lines will disappear butthe pink colored pencil line remains - weak, but remains.So, the process of how to draw a rose will be a delicious coloring page like work from nowon.
17. 17. click on the image to enlargeYou can start to shade the petals from anywhere you like.I would recommend to shade very weakly first all petals only by pink color.Shade first only the darkest parts.Before you start to shade, observe for a while the ready picture. I would like to focus yourattention especially on those parts of petals that are thebrightest.Those parts should remain bright when your drawing is finished, whatever final color youchoose. click on the image to enlargeIt is not necessary to philosophize too much over “how to draw a rose” - process, nor overthe shading of its petals.Observe as carefully as you can and simply draw what you see.I know it is easier said than done, but that is how it works. Every drawing is first and
18. 18. foremost a careful observation and study.The more you sketch and draw (whatever) the more you learn how to observe better. That’sit. click on the image to enlargeShade the whole rose head in pink color first. Pink color will be the basic layer on whichyou will build the next red color layer.By combination of pink as the basic and red as second layer you will obtain a kind of pink-red color combination that is closest to a real rose color. click on the image to enlargePencil strokes should always follow the direction of growth of the petals, which is from thebottom to the top.