how to draw a rose

Roses are such beautiful flowers, and with this how to draw a rose step by step tutorial makes it easy. It is a perfect fit for beginners and makes flower drawing easy.

These flowers are actually just a few simple shapes, and you will have roses as a drawing in no time.

There is also a printable guide at the end of this tutorial.

Grab this template so you can start your practice anywhere you go.

For more tutorials check out our lessons of more flowers, watercolours and in pencil.

This tutorial will have VERY detailed steps that you will need to follow. They are very simple and have been tried by number of beginners. They were happy with the result.

Now it is YOUR turn to try them!

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Let's gather our supplies:

These are a few supplies that you will need. Supplies DO matter, so make sure that you have them. 

  1. Sketchbook: This is our favorite brands are Canson and Arteza.
  2. Penicls: Arteza has a great variety at affordable price. Artzmore also great. 
  3. Eraser: As a beginner, it is crucial to have a good eraser to remove all of your mistakes. Acurit is a 4-in-1 eraser, it removes colored pencil, charcoal and is smooth. A must have!

How to Draw a Rose Step By Step for Beginners Easy:

how to draw a rose

Step 1: Start with the Outline of Rose

Let’s start with some basic shape to fit our drawing correctly on the sheet of paper when drawing a rose.

Draw a polygonal shape. This shape helps to plan the layout of the page. If the flower is open, it needs enough space.   

Then draw rough outlines of the stem and the leaves.

how to draw a rose

Step 2: Add the Rosebud to Rose

Start outlining the rosebud. It will be where the middle of the flower will be.

Draw with very light lines, so it will be easier to make shapes more precise later.

how to draw a rose

Step 3: Draw the First Petal

Then start drawing petals from the center of the bud. The first one has a semicircle shape. 


how to draw a rose

Step 4: Add 2 More Petals to the Rose

The second one covers it and the third one covers them both.

how to draw a rose

Step 5: Start Adding in More Petals

Gradually add petals moving around the rosebud with a light overlap.

Look closely to the reference image and observe how they look like, now what you think they look like. 

how to draw a rose

Step 6: Add More Petals on a Rose

Mark the middle line of the petal to understand its shape better. That way you will be able to create the volume of the flower.

It will make the rose look improved perspective-wise. 

how to draw a rose

Step 7: Add Petals from Centre of Bud

Gradually add petals moving around the rosebud with a light overlap. 

how to draw a rose

Step 8: Add Bigger Petals in

Bigger petals slightly bend outside of the bud.

To make them look more natural you can make lines less even, a little shaky.

Mark the middle line of the petal to understand its shape better. Bottom petals bend even more.

how to draw a rose

Step 9: Erase and Clean Up

Erase unnecessary lines. Draw more precise and detailed outline of the stem and leaves. Use eraser to make all lines slightly lighter before shading (if you want to shade.)

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