How to Draw a Rose in Full Bloom

Written by susan barrow
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How to Draw a Rose in Full Bloom
With a little practice, you can draw a beautiful rose in full bloom. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Although they appear complex to look at with their profusion of petals, with a little practice, roses are actually fairly simple to draw. According to the website Drawing Step, there are really only a few basic steps to follow to achieve a beautifully executed rose in full bloom. If you enjoy drawing, and roses are a favourite flower, you can create a rose that you will be proud to display.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Soft lead pencil
  • Drawing paper
  • Coloured pencils or paints (optional)

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  1. 1

    Locate a picture of a realistic rose to understand how it is constructed.

  2. 2

    Draw a rough circular shape. Add indentations periodically around the perimeter of the circle.

  3. 3

    Add a small cylinder in the centre of the circle. The cylinder represents the centermost portion of the rose. Draw semicircle shapes facing outward within the top of the cylinder to represent the innermost furled petals.

  4. 4

    Draw petals that encircle the cylinder by referring to the picture of the rose. The petals should resemble the folds and openings of a rose in bloom. Notice how the petals overlap one another and how their edges curl out and down. Draw increasingly larger (and fewer) petals as you work outward from the centre of the flower. Add some extra petals to the outside edge of the original rose outline. Observe the rose picture and re-create any petal shapes you particularly like. The key to drawing a lifelike rose is the power of close observation.

  5. 5

    Choose a colour for your rose. The colour should be somewhat light so you can add shadows in a later step. Fill in the rose with your chosen colour. Add the shadows by using a darker colour of your original tone. Choose another colour to create mid-tones. Soften the transition between the lighter and darker colours using the mid-tone color.Observe the picture of the rose to determine how the shadows fall within the flower.

  6. 6

    If you choose not to use colour, simply use the pencil to darken shaded areas of the flower.

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