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How to Draw a Rose

With a little patience, you can learn the secrets to capturing the beauty and delicacy of a rose.


  • Step 1: Create guidelines and stem Draw an oval. Add a curved line from the bottom center of the oval. Then draw a second line next to it, duplicating the curve, creating a stem.
  • TIP: Flowers are perfect in their imperfection, so don’t worry about precise measurements.
  • Step 2: Add petals Draw a tear-drop shape on each inner side of the oval for petals, overlapping them at the bottom. Add a cylinder shape between the petals and draw a swirl in its center.
  • Step 3: Add more petals Add more petals to create a layered effect by duplicating the lines of existing petals. Closely follow the original petal lines.
  • Step 4: Add sepals and leaves Draw two short lines on each side of the stem, extending them from the oval’s lower edge. Stagger two or more tear-shaped leaves onto the stem.
  • TIP: Adding leaves makes your rose drawing appear more lifelike.
  • Step 5: Erase guidelines, refine and shade Erase unwanted guidelines and refine the rose’s contour, adding any desired shading. Now, draw a lavish, romantic bouquet for someone you love.
  • FACT: The rose was named the National Floral Emblem in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan.

You Will Need

  • A pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

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