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How To Draw A Rose In 6 Steps: A Beginner’s Guide [Video + Illustrations]

Collage of three custom illustrations showing the steps to drawing a rose. Image used in the “How To Draw A Rose” blog post.

Learn how to draw a rose in six easy steps!

Roses are arguably the most popular and loved flower in the world.

There’s no denying that they’re pretty to look at, but when it comes time to draw them, things can get a bit confusing.

Rose petals are in the golden ratio, i.e. the Fibonacci sequence, which means that each petal is the sum of the petals preceding it.

A rose may seem too complicated to draw, but that’s not the case when you know the right person to show you how to do it!

Follow along as our BIOWARS lead artist shows you how to draw a rose in six easy steps!

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Watch BIOWARS Artist’s Video Tutorial On How To Draw A Rose

BIOWARS lead comic book artist, Gonçalo Lopes, created this video tutorial to show you how to draw a rose the easy way:

He also created a set of illustrations to accompany each step, so you can practice drawing a rose at your own pace.

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The Tools You Need For A Rose Drawing

Here are the tools you can use for your rose drawing:

  • An H pencil: The hard lead leaves behind light lines, which is just what you want when outlining. Plus, these lines are easy to erase.
  • An HB pencil: This type of pencil has a medium-hard lead, so it leaves a moderately dark trace. They’re the best choice when adding light shading to your sketch.
  • A B pencil: The softest lead of the three, this pencil is your best friend for shading your drawing.
  • A kneaded eraser: Easily stretched and shaped to your needs, a kneaded eraser is just what you need to get rid of unnecessary lines. You can also use this eraser to highlight parts of your drawing.
  • Lightly sketched paper: The smooth surface of this paper ensures your pencil glides over it. It’s also easier to erase lines when the paper isn’t heavily textured.

Grab all of the tools above, or simply opt for your favorite pencil and start sketching!

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How To Draw A Rose Easy In 6 Steps

In our guide to drawing a rose, we’ll show you how to:

  • Draw the flower’s core
  • Add the petals
  • Draw the sepal
  • Shade the rose

The key to learning how to draw a rose (and pretty much everything else) is to break it into basic shapes.

And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

1. Draw The Core

Recommended pencil: HB pencil

The most common way to draw a rose is from the side, and we want to draw it facing the left.

So, let’s start with a simple oval shape.

Draw the core of the rose at the top left corner of your paper, as you need to make room for the petals and the stem.

A spheric shape represents the core of the rose flower.

Breaking a rose into basic shapes makes it easier to draw.

Next, draw two lines on either side of the oval form and point them downward.

Their distance from the oval shape marks the size of the rose.

Make sure to point the lines slightly inward at the top and then immediately curve them outward to create a pot-like shape:

The core of the rose resembles a pot. 

The rose’s core is slightly taking shape.

At the rose’s center, there is a pistil, which is a female reproductive organ in flowers.

In the rose that we’re drawing, the pistil is a no-show; it’s hugged tightly by the tiny petals.

To sketch the core of the rose, draw a quarter-moon from one end of the oval shape to the other, but make sure not to touch the top of the oval.

Then, divide the half-circle into two almost equal parts, with a vertical curved line.

Next, split the right half of the half-circle with a horizontal line, like this:

The center of the rose is added to the sketch. 

The center of the rose is added to the sketch.

2. Draw The Petals

Recommended pencil: HB pencil

Now it’s time to start drawing the petals.

While they look delicate and of course feel delicate to the touch, beginners find them the hardest to draw.

Here’s how we’re going to simplify the process of adding petals to the sketch.

We’re going to set the stage first and mark where the “petal layers” will be. Let’s start with a layer on the left.

Draw a curved line resembling the letter “S” from the middle of the core upward, then point it to the center of the rose:

The S-shape starts at the middle of the rose’s core and marks the place where one layer of petals will be. 

Let’s start adding petals to the sketch!

Continue drawing the S-shapes to partly outline other petals.

Start at the bottom center and curve the line to the left, so that it’s drawn just a little bit over the core.

Then, have it pass through the middle of the core and touch the bottom of the line you previously drew.

Lastly, extend the line to the right side of the rose.

The second S-shape starts at the bottom center, goes through the middle of the core and extends to the right from the rose. 

S-shapes will become petals soon.

Now, add two more lines to the sketch.

Draw one on the left and make it parallel to the first S-shape.

Make sure to leave some space between the two, because the petals shouldn’t be too close to each other.

Next, draw a curved line on the right, starting at the bottom quarter of the top line on the left, like this:

Four curved lines cover the core of the rose. 

The rose is slowly taking shape!

Let’s add two more S-shapes.

One starts at the bottom center and follows the shape of the longest line on the right.

The other looks more like a scythe and stretches from the bottom center to the left.

Rose petals are partly finished. 

The petals are slowly coming together!

Now, connect the lines to fully form the petals!

Draw a line from the top petal on the right, following the oval shape.

Once it reaches the middle of the oval form, bring the line back to the left so that it looks like a spike.

Curve the line and bring it down toward the point where the top left and right petals meet.

The top left petal is done. 

The first fully-formed petal is in place.

The further away from the top of the rose you get, the larger the petals become.

To connect the petals to each other, add lines that go from the layer above and point them outwards on either side of the rose.

Now, bring them back inwards, but keep them below the petal lines you drew earlier.

Make the lines slightly wavy, then curve them toward the center of the rose.

To make the drawing cohesive, connect the upper and lower layers by drawing vertical lines from one spiky petal end to the other:

Custom drawing of a rose core with several petals added to it. 

Is your drawing starting to resemble a rose?

Continue to apply the same principle to the next petal layers.

Draw the curved lines starting at the level above and point them outwards, only to bring them back inwards.

Make your strokes slightly wavy as you direct them to the center, keeping in mind that petal edges aren’t straight.

Next, connect the higher and lower levels with vertical lines.

Remember: the layers gradually grow in size the further away from the top they are and your drawing should reflect that!

The nearly-finished rose illustration with several layers of petals. 

The petals are almost done!

To finish drawing the petals, add one more layer at the very top, right above the center of the rose.

This petal is barely visible but it helps add more texture to the rose.

To draw it, connect the top petal on the left to the top petal on the right.

Then, add two more petals at the bottom on either side of the rose.

You know the drill by now! Start from the layer above, angle the line outwards and curve it back inwards.

Don’t forget to connect the layers to the core.

The finished outline with all petals in place should look like this:

The sketch of the rose flower with all petals in place. 

You just finished drawing rose petals!

3. Draw The Sepal

Recommended pencil: HB pencil

A sepal is the leafy part of the flower that surrounds the bud, then opens to reveal the petals.

To draw it, sketch pointy shapes under the bottom of the rose as if you were drawing one half of a star, like so:

The sketch of a rose sepal placed at the bottom of the flower. 

The sepal encloses the rosebud.

4. Draw The Stem

Recommended pencil: HB pencil

Once you finish drawing the sepal, it’s time to add the stem.

Draw two parallel vertical lines starting from the middle of the sepal, and make them as long as you prefer.

Ours is just a little bit longer than the rose itself and it’s also thorn-free:

The sketch of a rose with the stem in place.

The stem supports the flower and the leaves.

5. Shade The Petals

Recommended pencil: HB pencil

Now that all elements of the flower are in place, it’s time to pick up the HB pencil (if your toolkit includes one!) and add some shade to the petals.

First, make the inner parts of the petals darker.

Simply draw thin, vertical lines and place them close to one another.

Add the lines to the outer parts of the petals without applying too much pressure to your pen, since these parts on the flower get more light:

The shaded petals add structure to the rose sketch.

Only one more step to go!

6. Finalize Your Rose Drawing

Recommended pencil: B pencil

To finalize your rose drawing, grab your B pencil and add some dark shade along the left side of the stem.

That means we positioned the light source on the right, so the petals and the stem are lighter on the right side:

The finished drawing of a rose.

Your rose is complete!

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A Recap On How To Draw A Rose Step-By-Step

To learn how to draw a rose the easy way, you need to create your sketch one step at a time.

To draw a rose step-by-step:

  1. Draw the core of the rose first
  2. Add petals one layer at a time
  3. Connect the petals from the upper layers to those below
  4. Add the leafy bit at the top of the stem
  5. Draw the stem
  6. Shade your drawing

When you’re done, send us your illustration! Let us know in the comments if our guide helped you in your rose-drawing journey!