How to Draw a Dozen Roses

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How to Draw a Dozen Roses
The rose's soft lines and gentle curves are not too challenging to draw. (bouton de rose image by Jean-Michel POUGET from

Matisse argued that the most difficult task for a truly creative painter is to paint a rose. To do so, the painter must empty his mind of the images of all the roses ever painted. Luckily, you're not charged with producing a masterpiece. Drawing roses is an important skill to acquire and refine as an artist. Luckily, the soft lines and shapes of a rose make it easier to draw, and a grouping of a dozen offers interesting exercises in perspective and shading.

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Things you need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Draw the stems by creating two straight lines that are each roughly 4 inches long. Draw one line at a 60-degree angle and the other at a 120-degree angle. They should intersect at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Draw 10 more lines approximately 4 inches long or so, at various degrees within the parameters of the first two lines that you just drew. Now you have a dozen stems for your rose bouquet.

  3. 3

    Draw a shape at the top of each stem that looks like a shepherd's hook that is 2 inches high. The hook part should touch the staff part of the shape, as if you were trying to draw a crooked letter P.

  4. 4

    Draw right and left parentheses on each side of each shepherd's hook. Each parenthesis should be close to the hook, almost but not quite touching. Draw additional petals around each rose, by making soft, slightly curved lines that open outward somewhat from the base of each flower.

  5. 5

    Draw thorns on each rose by scattering small triangles throughout the space of the stems. Draw leaves attached to the stems by making simple oval shapes. Draw the sepals, the small green leaves just under each rosebud.

  6. 6

    Draw over all of the lines that you already drew, making your stems seem slightly more curved and lifelike. You can add more petals to each rose if you want your roses to look more overblown, or you can just refine the petals.

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