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How to Draw a Rose Pixel Art

Easy, step by step Rose Pixel Art drawing tutorial
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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - Juliet, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Roses may be fragrant in the real world, but what about in video games? That is for you to decide when you learn how to draw rose pixel art.

Pixel art embraces the pixelated appearance of early video games, in which blocks of color were used to create simple, less detailed figures. You can draw in the popular pixel art style using grid paper, making your own grid with a ruler, or using a digital pixel art app.

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Roses often appear in video games with great symbolism. For example, in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, Belle from Beauty and the Beast gives Sora the Divine Rose, a Keychain for his Keyblade. It resembles the enchanted rose kept under glass by the Beast.

At other times, roses are simply everyday objects or part of the game's background environment. What role will this rose play in your video game world?

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rose Pixel Art

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 1
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by outlining the round shape of the rose's petal. Use segments of one to four blocks, overlapping one another or connected at the corners.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 2
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Outline the round shape of the second petal. Again, connect segments of one, two, three, or five blocks by their corners at diagonal angles. The outline of the rose should now loosely resemble a rounded "W."

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 3
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Outline another petal within the boundaries of the first. Use segments of one or two lines, a "Z" shaped line, and a "T" shaped line to form the side of the petal.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 4
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Outline the circular center of the rosebud. Use segments of one to four blocks, "Z" shaped segments, and "L" shaped segments to form the oval shape and complete the outline of the side of the bud.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 5
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Draw the outline of another petal outside the bounds of the existing shape. Use single blocks and segments of three or four blocks. Then, detail the inside of the rosebud. Shade a thick "Z" shape at the very center and a single and two-block segment on the petal below it.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 6
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Outline another petal at the top of the rose. Then, begin to outline the stem. Shade two single blocks beneath the petals, and a long "L" shaped segment below and between them. Shade another vertical segment parallel to the "L."

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 7
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Continue the stem by shading a vertical segment below and between the existing parts of the stem. Skip a column, then shade another uneven side of the stem. Then, outline the leaf. Connect a series of single, horizontal, and vertical segments to outline the leaf's rounded underside.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 8
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Use "T" shaped, horizontal, and single-block segments to outline the top of the leaf. Then, shade a single segment and an inverted "T" shape on the opposite side of the stem. This forms the first of the sepals, the small leaflets at the base of the flower.

Rose Pixel Art drawing - step 9
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Shade three blocks in the middle of the leaf to indicate the leaf vein, and shade a two-block segment and an "L" shaped segment between the leaf and the blossom. This outlines the remaining sepals.

Next, you will switch from shading blocks to form thick lines to tracing narrow lines along the edges of the squares. Draw these narrow lines along the top of the leaf and along some of the petals. These lines denote changes in color that give the picture depth.

Complete Rose Pixel Art drawing
Rose Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon pixel art rose. "Roses are red, violets are blue," so they say.

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