How to Draw a Rose Tattoo

Easy, step by step Rose Tattoo drawing tutorial
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“A rose in a desert can only survive on its strength, not its beauty.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo, Canadian author

There are nearly 8,000 species of roses that grow around the world. From the wild varieties, edible and ornamental varieties have been cultivated. Roses are exchanged as gifts symbolizing love, friendship, apology, and sympathy.

This rose is drawn in tribal tattoo style. Tattoos have decorated human bodies for thousands of years.

Prior to modern times, people used sharp objects to create a design on the skin. Then, the pierced skin was stained with charcoal or other dark natural substances. Today, tattoos are still popular, and many women gravitate to feminine objects such as flowers.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon of a tribal tattoo rose? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and something on while to draw.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Tribal Wolf, Rose Flower, and Skull and Rose.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 1
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the center of the flower using curved lines. The shape should be oval overall, but with curved lines that meet at points slicing into the shape.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 2
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 2

2. Draw the next layer of petals, spaced and not touching the first. Draw a pair of "C" shaped lines around the center of the flower, and connect them with short lines on each end. Further detail the center of the flower with a curved shape, composed of two curved lines that meet at points on each end.

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Rose Tattoo drawing - step 3
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 3

3. Draw another layer of petals. Use a long curved line and double it back upon itself. Allow the ends to meet at a point at one end. Then, draw two "C" shaped lines around one end of the petal. Connect them with curved lines at each end.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 4
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 4

4. Use curved lines to enclose a large irregular shape below the existing petals. This is the side of the rose flower.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 5
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 5

5. Use a series of curved lines to enclose the irregular pointed shape of the petal edge to one side of the flower.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 6
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 6

6. Use a series of curved lines to enclose the irregular pointed shape of the petal edge on the opposite side of the flower.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 7
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 7

7. Draw the sepals and the stem. Draw a straight line under the flower. Then, use curved lines to enclose curved triangular shapes beneath each side of the line, leaving a space between them. This forms the sepals, small leaves beneath the flower. From the opening in the center, extend a pair of curved lines to form the stem.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 8
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 8

8. Continue the lines of the stem, and connect them with a short line at the bottom. Extend curved lines from the stem to form the central veins of the leaves. Extend another secondary vein from one of the lines.

Rose Tattoo drawing - step 9
How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to enclose the leaves around the veins. Notice the line that runs parallel to the veins, not connected to the rest of the stem.

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How to Draw Rose Tattoo: Step 10

Color your cartoon tribal rose. To shade it in traditional tattoo style, use just one color, either black or brown.

Would you like to draw a more detailed or colorful rose? Check out this simple rose, thorny rose with a stem, or a rose blossom.

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