Learn How to Draw Roses with These Easy References and Tutorials

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The rose is many people’s favorite flower. If you want to learn how to draw roses, I’m sharing some beautiful references for you to check out.

Below I’ve included realistic rose drawings, line rose drawings, simple rose sketches, and more. I’ve also included a few tips for learning how to draw a rose.

Yes, You Can Draw a Rose in Three Steps

What I like about the tutorial below is that it shows us how easily a rose can be drawn in just three steps.

If you like this style of tutorial, I highly recommend checking out the artist Kate Kyehyun Park on Instagram. Kate specializes in creating beautiful botanical watercolor art.

draw a rose in 3 steps
watercolor rose

If you would like more inspiration for floral watercolor paintings, be sure to check out the posts below. They’re filled with awesome flower paintings for your to try.

large shaded rose
Artist Credit: babirebelo_tattoo
line art rose
Artist Credit: inspiredbynature2.1

Why I Like to Use Drawing References

I love to use drawing references. I find that they help me to improve my drawings and paintings. By looking at different references, I can see how other artists have tackled a subject.

I can learn new techniques and get ideas for my own work. Plus, it’s just fun to look at all the different ways that artists can interpret the world around us.

Drawing references can be found in books, on the internet, or even in real life. I often take photographs of things that I want to draw, so that I can reference them later. Using references is a great way to improve your skills as an artist.

pencil rose drawing
Artist Credit: cizimdefteri_youtube
rose with shading
Artist Credit: matt.hack.art

General Advice on How to Draw Roses

When you first notice the number of petals on a rose, the flower can appear to be intimidating to draw. However, once you break things down step-by-step, it’s actually not as difficult as it may seem. It may take some time, but it isn’t actually hard to do.

Regular practice is what will help you get better at drawing roses. So, the next time you see a rose and start to stress about drawing it, follow some of the simple tips I’m sharing throughout this post and you’ll be an expert in no time.

The first step to drawing a rose is breaking down its main components. This includes paying attention to the number of petals on each flower, as well as their size and shape.

rose with stem
Artist Credit: stationery_island
simple rose
Artist Credit: vivant.a.travers.lart

Rose Petals are Arranged Like a Spiral

If you look at rose petals, you’ll notice that the petals are arranged like a spiral. They look so elegant because of their smooth, curved edges.

You’ll also notice that the large petals are the outermost petals, while the small petals are located towards the center of the flower.

how to draw a rose
Artist Credit: lianalaneart
rose doodle
Artist Credit: meuamadobujo

Start with Just a Few Petals

When you first start drawing your rose, start with three or four petals going in a circular shape. At this point, you can add more petals to the outer or inner part of the flower. Do this until you’ve completed the outer ring of the flower.

As you work your way in, the petals should get smaller and smaller. Keep adding petals inside and outside of the rose to give it more volume.

rose with stem and leaves
Artist Credit: queenofchange
line art rose drawing
Artist Credit: botanicallinedrawing

How to Draw a Rose YouTube Tutorials

If you would prefer to watch video tutorials teaching you how to draw a rose, below I’m sharing some of my favorite rose drawing tutorials on YouTube.

top of rose
Artist Credit: chocolate_girl_.prachi
line art rose with pen
Artist Credit: exoprime13

Using Watercolor for Your Rose

The tutorial below shows us just how easy it can be to draw a watercolor rose by starting with a simple circle. It gives us advice on blending out the petals and adding dark areas.

The step-by-step tutorial below uses Dual Brush Pens to create a stunning rose. These pens create a beautiful watercolor effect.

watercolor rose drawing
Artist Credit: tombowusa
hand holding rose
Artist Credit: georgiee_louu

It’s Time to Draw a Rose

Now that you’ve learned how to draw a rose, it’s time to put what you’ve earned into action. If you take a look at the drawing below, you can see step-by-step how to go about drawing your rose.

It starts with a circle, followed by round swirls. Then spider-style legs are added to the swirls, etc. As you go on, you see how when the steps are broken down, it’s actually not so difficult after all.

detailed how to draw rose tutorial
Credit: weheartit

I hope you enjoy learning how to draw roses as much as I have enjoyed sharing these references with you. If you’re looking for more inspiration on drawing flowers, be sure to check out my other posts.

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