Still life drawings of flowers, such as roses in vases, represent one common visual theme among artists. The still life teaches the artist about composition, how light falls on a subject and how to use objects as symbols in art. To draw a rose and vase, you'll need a couple of tools to get started. These tools include not only the actual drawing implements you take from your toolbox, but also your artist skill sets. These combined elements allow you to capture the symmetry and beauty of your rose and vase with relative simplicity.
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Things you need
- Rose and vase photo
- Drawing paper
Take reference photos of roses and vases. As you photograph these items, position the rose and vase in different ways. Consider laying the rose on its side in front of the vase. The position changes the visual lines you'll create in your drawing.
Print the photo of the rose and vase. Make it at least 8 inches by 10 inches.
Use a pen and the ruler to draw a grid on the photo. Draw 1/2-inch squares.
Draw a grid on the drawing paper that has the same measurements as the one on the photo. Create the same number of squares. Use pencil to create the grid.
Count the grid squares on your photo until you find the square that holds most of the rose's bud. It may be located three squares down and seven squares in from the left side of the photo.
Find the square on your drawing paper that is in the same location as the square that contains the rose's bud in your photo.
Analyse the shape of the rose. Notice how the lines curve in the rose bud to form the folds of the petals, the stem and the thorns. Observe the way these lines curve or angle within the grid square.
Recreate the rose in your paper's grid square. Draw what you see. Notice how the lines curve within the grid and intersect one another. Capture those on paper. Replicate the angle of the rose in relation to the walls of the grid square. When you're done, you'll have a line drawing of the rose's head.
Draw the rest of the still life using the grid as a guide. Note how the lines of the vase intersect the table. Capture the way the rose's stem is distorted through the water in the vase. Draw the petals as they unfold.
Erase the grid lines around the vase and rose on your drawing.
Shade the drawing using a hatching technique. Hatching relies on a series of parallel lines drawn closely together, which give the impression of shading. Study the rose picture, noticing how the patterns of light and dark fall on the picture. Map out the light and dark areas on your paper, drawing what you see. Use a series of light pencil lines to establish these areas. After a general layer of shading has been put down, go back over these areas, sketching more parallel lines. If you need dark shading, place the lines closer together and draw more of them. Sketch fewer lines for lighter areas.
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