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Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement – a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
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Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rose with a Stem
Start by drawing a long, curved line, from the middle of your paper almost all the way to the bottom.
Next, follow the same curve and draw a line on each side of your first line.
Connect the bottoms of the three lines with another curved line. It should start and end at the bottom of each of the exterior lines. You now have a rose stem.
Draw the thorns on the stem. To make a thorn, use two lines to create a triangle, with the base of the triangle being part of the stem. Each triangle should slant upwards. Draw three thorns on each side of the stem.
Next, you will erase your guide line. Erase the first line you drew from the center of the stem. Then, erase the bottom of each triangle on the right side of the stem. To create depth, extend the sides of these curving triangles past the line that is the side of the stem.
Extend a curving arc from the stem, between the bottom two thorns on the right. Extend another arc just above the one you have just drawn. The two arcs should meet in a point.
Draw two more arcs on the left side of the stem, between the two upper thorns. You have just drawn the central veins of the rose’s leaves.
Now you will draw the leaf itself. Start with an arc extending upwards near the base of the leaf. Make a small arc down, then another, longer arc towards the left. Draw two more jagged points in this way, connecting the final arc to the point of the leaf vein. Do the same below the vein, making four jagged points in the process. You now have the outline of your first leaf.
Use a series of arcs to create three jagged points above and four points below the vein of the second leaf. Connect the top and bottom portions of the leaf to the tip of the vein.
Detail your leaves with veins radiating from the central veins. Use five curving lines on each of the four leaf sections, starting from the central vein and radiating to the edge of the leaf.
Use curving lines to create a five pointed, irregular star shape at the top of the stem.
Half way between the stem and the top of the paper, draw a small circle. Then draw a half circle around the first, connected to the first circle on the left side and open on the right side.
Draw a curving line around your small circle in an irregular oval shape, open to the bottom right corner. This will look a little bit like an ear. Then draw a long curving line from the bottom left corner of the “ear,” halfway to the star shape. From the right side of the “ear,” draw another curved line half the length of the first.
Using a series of arcs, create a petal to add depth.
Draw a curved line enveloping the “ear” portion.
Using two curved lines each, draw a petal on each side of the bloom.
Connect the last two petals with a single curved line. Draw another curved line from the middle of the left hand petal to the bottom of the bloom, looping the line to connect with the bottom arc of the left side petal. Draw another curved line from the middle of the right petal to connect with the bottom of the bloom. Then, connect your flower to the star shaped portion of the stem with two simple curved lines.
Draw five more petals around the outside of the bloom using five curved lines.
Draw for curved triangle leaflets at the four corners of the bloom.
Complete your drawing with color and shading.
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