How to Draw a Rose Flower

Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.

This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.

In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.

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You won’t need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you’d like, you can color your finished product.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Simple Rose, Rose with Stem, and Sunflower.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rose Flower

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 1

Start by drawing an open sided oval in the center of your page. Draw the oval as if the upper right quarter has been erased.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 2

Draw a smaller arc within the open oval, with its ends meeting the left and bottom sides of the oval.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 3

Use three overlapping arcs to form the first petals. These should form a shape similar to a lumpy circle.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 4

Now, begin using swooping, curved lines to craft more petals. The smaller should attach to the upper right of your drawing. The larger will attach to the first curve, enveloping the bottom left of your drawing.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 5

As you continue to add curved petal lines, note how you can create a “fold” detail in the petal by allowing one line to extend into the center of the petal.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 6

Draw another curved line petal enveloping the bottom left side of the drawing. Note how each petal is slightly larger than the last.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 7

Use curved lines to draw another petal on the upper right hand side. Again, let the upper line extend to form a petal fold.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 8

Use one curved line to form a smaller petal on the bottom left.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 9

Use one curved line to form a petal on the bottom right.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 10

Use one curved line to form a petal on the upper right.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 11

Use one curved line to form a petal on the bottom right.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 12

Use one curved line to fill in the gap in the upper left of the flower with another petal.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 13

Now, add some detail. Place a small curved line within each of the outer five petals, radiating from the center of the flower, two-thirds of the way to the edge of the petal. These lines give the drawing depth.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 14

Continue to add detail to the inner petals. Allow one or two curved lines to radiate from the flower’s center towards the petal edge.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 15

Use two lines to form a curved triangle shape at the upper left corner of the flower. Use two more lines to form a triangular leaflet, slightly overlapping the first.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 16

Draw more leaflets on three more sides of the flower. Opposite the first two leaflets, draw two more.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 17

Between the leaflets, you will outline the leaves. Start with an arcing line for one side of the leaf. Draw a loose S-curve to form the other side of the leaf. Draw three leaves in this way, evenly spaced around the flower.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 18

To draw a central vein in each leaf, begin a curving line at the leaf tip and connect it to the petal at the leaf’s center.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 19

Add veins to the leaves. In each leaf half, draw three to seven straight lines radiating from the central vein to the edge of the leaf.

How to Draw Rose Flower: Step 20

Finish your drawing by erasing any stray marks and coloring your flower.

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