Draw a rose flower

Ahh, roses. Perhaps the ultimate symbol of love and beauty. But if you’ve ever tried to draw a rose flower in a realistic style before, you might not have been enamored with your result.

All those petals make a rose an impressive looking flower, but rather intimidating if you’re hoping to create a representative drawing or painting of it.

But there’s a simple method you can follow to keep you on track with capturing roses on your paper whether you’re working with watercolor or just in pencil.

The key is to build up tone (value) through layers, across the whole flower.

In this mini class we’ll practice this method.

All you’ll need is a pencil and some smooth paper.

As you’ll see, I use 3 different pencils to make it really easy to create a wide tonal range and add in fine details, but with a sharp HB pencil you can achieve a similar result.

I’ll be giving you an overview of the process in this video, to give you an idea of the process.

(If you’re looking for more detailed instruction, there’s a full length video class in Nature Studio which is over an hour long and includes step by step instruction on how to draw a rose flower, rose leaves and a rosebud. Members also get a traceable outline drawing and reference photos).

I hope this little video has inspired you to pick up your pencil and draw a rose flower of your own.

Making tonal drawings in pencil is a fantastic way to develop your artistic eye and practice your skills at creating 3D, detailed studies on your paper.

It’s also great if you don’t have many art supplies on hand or nowhere to sit and paint.

You can find some more drawing mini classes here, like the Calla Lily flower, which is much simpler than the rose, and also the Conker and Toadstool.

Have you found this mini class useful?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Will you be giving this drawing a go? Have you already done it? If so, how did you find it?

Please leave me a comment to let me know.

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  1. San Juanita Salinas on April 16, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    I dig your style ! I am looking to forward to learning from you. Thank you for sharing
    San Juanita Salinas

  2. Nellie Mattis on April 16, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    I wasnt able to launch the first video

  3. Lynn Carr-Woodward on April 16, 2024 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you Anna I’ve just finished sketching the rose. I’m quite pleased with my efforts, and have learnt so much from doing it . . .

  4. Cyndi Gerard on April 16, 2024 at 9:59 pm


  5. Kari on April 16, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you. You make it look so easy x

  6. JANET REEVES on April 17, 2024 at 1:28 am

    I couldn’t even begin. I saw all those petals and it was too intimidating. I’ve never been good at drawing flowers although I’d like to. I guess I should start with simpler drawings.
    your work is beautiful. I’m just not as skilled as I’d like to be.

  7. Mary Jefferson on April 18, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the rose drawing, however I had drawn one similar to yours on , April 12/24. I studied art program with Stratford career institute a few yrs ago, and the school supplies my art books and other supplies for my online courses. I completed the program and graduated last yr 2023. I have my own art diploma. I also, often buy art’s and craft supplies at my local art’s and craft stores or Walmart I continue to practice to get better, and I’ve even participated in free art drawing classes at the Aiken senior life services last yr from July until Nov ember 2023 it was ended. We visited several museums as well on field trips.Thank you.

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