I’ve been messing around with sketching roses, attempting to figure out a simple approach for anyone who wants to do it. I ended up creating this tutorial. Give it a go. It may take some practice, but if you stick with it, you’ll soon have rose drawings all over your house (believe me, I know).

Things which I use

For the three roses I drew below, I used the Marco Raffine Colored Pencils. They were different from the Prismacolors that I love and use all the time, but a decent cheaper option for anyone who wants to color with pencils. I also used Strathmore Bristol Paper, 11 by 14 inches, for this drawing.

How to Draw Roses: Step-by-Step Instructions

I sketched three roses, the first facing the spectator, the second slightly sideways, and the third halfway away from the viewer.

Begin by sketching a little oval. That will be the rose’s core. Include a few lines for the inside and outside of the center. Then begin to add petals.

how to draw rose
how to draw rose

Continue to add rose petals radiating from the center. They’re just slightly bent lines traveling around in a circle when you think about it.

rose sketch

Continue to add additional petals as you go. I prefer to direct some of the petals toward the center.

rose sketch

Simply continue working in a circle for the rose facing the observer, adding 3 to 5 petals for each layer.


Make an effort to ensure that the blossom seems balanced. Use dots to show which petals were drawn first.


Add a few more petals to finish the circle. The first blossom is finished!

rose sketch

Don’t forget to include a stem and some leaves.

Here are the finished first rose and the beginnings of the second rose.


It's time For The Second Flower!

Begin with a tube with a bit of opening, as seen in the photo on the left, for the second bloom. Then, alter the aperture by drawing a few curved lines to represent petals.

second rose sketch

Continue your efforts. To draw a petal that wraps around the rose center, start at the center’s outside line and work your way around the front, as seen in the photo on the left. Following that, draw two lines extending from either end of the freshly created petal and a little curved line to represent that the petal is bent slightly at the edge.


rose sketch
rose sketch

Draw two curved lines from the rear of the rose to create a little hole (photo on the left). In the center of the rose, the lines should form a heart shape. Add a few additional hints that the petals are curled and curved (photo on the right).

rose sketch

Add lines extending from the petal’s edge down to the rose’s base each time you draw a petal (photo on the left). Add one additional petal, this time facing outward so that the spectator only sees the curved section (photo on the right).

rose sketch
rose sketch

Continue to add petals, spreading them outwards so that they seem open. Assemble them such that they are ‘connected’ (in a sense) to the base of the rose.

rose sketch
rose sketch

Finally, add a couple more petals all around, including one that bends outward. As seen in the photo, that petal covers a portion of the base.

rose sketch

For the second rose, draw a stem and a few leaves. It is now time to begin the third rose. Because it’s facing away from the spectator this time, I start with one heart-shaped petal, as shown in the photo.

Third rose sketch

I connect a few petals, not too many, to the base of the rose.

rose sketch

Increase the number of petals visible from behind the first section of the rose.


I added another petal facing outward, similar to the second bloom, as well as a stem with some leaves.

rose sketch

Coloring The Roses White:


I wanted to create the illusion of an open sky in the background, so I drew a few clouds in a light blue. Then, using the same light blue, I added some shadows to the roses and leaves and a lot of blue to the sky and background. Everything is done in a single hue.

color rose

Next, I used black to darken the bottom of the page, which includes the sky and any backdrop that may be there.


I then used dark pine green to add dimension and additional detailing to the foliage.

color roses

I added more color to the foliage and stems and shading to the white flowers, using a light green.

color roses

Because white is genuinely a collection of colors, I added shadows to the roses with pink, brown, and yellow. I also used silver to add some shading to the clouds and more blues to the sky and roses.

How to draw a rose
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