When you see drawings of roses, you may feel a great desire to draw roses yourself but
at the same time feel a tad intimidated attempting to do so because of
its apparent complexity.
You shouldn’t be discouraged, because if you
take it step by easy step, you should be able to make a beautiful
graphite rendering of those beautiful flowers.
Before grabbing your pencil, take a look at clear pictures of roses to
observe their petal formation and, if you can, examine real roses
physically! As they say, magic is in the details.
If you take a careful look at them, you will notice that (among other
things) roses commonly have layers of overlapping petals—probably a
reason why drawing them seems difficult, they have five sepals usually,
and their leaves have toothed edges. These details are important in
making your drawings realistic.
Once you’re confident that you have the images of roses committed
to memory, you can now start drawing. The steps that will follow are
for drawings of roses in bloom, from the flowers down to the stems.
Create an outline Begin by drawing circles—these will
serve as your outline for the flowers, and then draw long slightly
curved lines for the stems. Finally, add the outlines of leaves by
Sketching the petals Go to one of the
circles and draw the first layer of petals. It’s easier if you work
your way from the bottom up. Remember how petals curl a bit outward at
Sketch the sepals Take into account that sepals are small leaves that appear to support the flower, and that they are elongated and pointy.
Sketching the stems Here you have to keep
in mind that the stems are not smoothly straight and evenly thick.
After drawing the stems, add those things so famously associated with
Sketch the leaves As we said a while back, the leaves should be serrated. Once you’ve drawn the leaves, add the veins.
Shade Now we’re on to the part where
your pencil drawings of roses will fully come to life. Since you’re
using graphite here, there won’t be colors to make your red roses jump
out. But the right shading can just as well give depth to your image.
It’s advisable to have a picture of roses with you to clearly
see how the shading is supposed to be. When shading, it is always safer
if you shade lightly first then gradually make it darker whenever
Watch This Clip For Floral Designs
Try your hand at drawing some of these roses below.