How to Draw a Rose and Stem

Creating a drawing of a rose from scratch
How to Draw a Rose and Stem

Have you ever seen a person draw a rose on the spot -and wished that you could draw, too?

Maybe, you have wanted to illustrate a love poem with a beautiful rose. -Or, you’ve simply wanted to draw a rose to show your love for someone special?

Perhaps you have tried to draw a rose, but realized that it was more difficult than you first imagined?

Creating a drawing of a rose from scratch can be a daunting task. However, there are a few methods that can make this task, much easier.

It can be easy to draw a rose from scratch, if you follow these simple steps:


Step 1

Make a cursive capital-letter J for the rose-center

Start drawing your rose on red or pink paper (so you won’t need to add as much color). Make sure that your crayon or marker is in a darker color than the paper (usually dark red or black).

Decide where you want the center of the rose to be. Now, make a capital-J (in script). Inside this J -make a little dot that looks similar to a sideways-eye. This eye-dot will add dimension and depth to the rose-center.

Keep your hand moving in the same motion. Pretend that your hand is following through (around -in continuous, but wavy circles). If you started the capital-J clockwise -then you want to keep going in that direction.

Step 2

Keep following the cursive j around in wavy lines

Draw more wavy s-lines around the rose -and make some more layers of wavy circles (until the rose is the size that you want). Your rose can be as little as three-four layers, or as many as 5-7 (or more)!

It’s usually best to keep the layers to a maximum of 9. Also, each outward layer will usually be drawn just a little larger than the previous layer -for the best effect.

Step 3

Alternate the pressure while making circular s-lines

Keep adding slightly wavy s-lines with alternating pressure (heavy and light pressure), as you work your way around the rose. This way, the petals will have some definition and areas of interest.

Step 4

Add highlights and darker lines to clearly define the rose

Add highlights, where needed and add a stem with a few downward strokes. Add thorns (usually a maximum of 4 thorns, so they are interesting -not distracting!

Choose some colors to add drama and life to your rose. Roses come in all colors of the rainbow. However, roses in red, pink, purple, coral, orange are the most popular colors. If unsure what color to paint your rose -then you might want to look up the meanings of roses (with different colors).

If you are worried about coloring your rose in, then you might try lightly watercoloring some color onto your rose. This will add subtle drama without ruining a perfect rose drawing.

Learn to draw a rose step by step

Learn to draw a rose like a professional cartoonist step by step. See detailed instructions: (Notice when drawing a rose, simple sharp ovals, «s» and «c» shapes form the base of this simple yet beautiful rose).

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Things Needed
• Pencil
• Paper
• Colored markers or crayons
• Optional Items:
• Oil pastels
• Colored pencils

Tips & Warnings
• Decide where you want to place the rose-decoration. Make a little dot (sort of like a small eye). Make this eye-dot with a pencil to indicate the very center. -(This way, you can erase it later, if needed.)
• Make another outer circle (lightly in pencil) to indicate where the outer-most petals (and tip of the stem) of your rose will end. This will create guidelines for the ideal placement of your rose-design.
• The more imperfect the rose is, the more perfect, it will end up (and ironically, look more natural).
• Oil pastels are a wonderful medium. One can keep layering over the previous color (just like oil paints). Oil pastels can give your drawing glowing rich colors -(plus add extra depth and excitement to your drawing).
• Warning! Wear gloves while working with oil pastels. At the very least, make sure that you wash your hands throroughly, after working with oil paints or oil pastels. Oil paints and pastels tend to have lead and it can seep into your skin.
• Make sure that children do not use oil paints or pastels, without supervision. This could lead to accidental poisoning.
• It is best for children to use markers or non-toxic crayons, when they want to try their hand at drawing a perfect rose.


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