How to Draw a Simple Rose

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A rose has been said to be: “The most vibrant, beautiful, soft and incredibly sweet” flower. Many people believe the rose is the most beautiful flower in the world and a symbol of love and romance.

Wouldn’t you enjoy being able to draw a beautiful rose? It really is quite easy to do. With the following simple step-by-step instructions, anyone can sketch a gorgeous rose in just minutes.

All you need are a pencil, eraser, and paper for sketching. If you wish to add color, you can use colored pencils or crayons.

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By following the tutorial below, we can draw a rose including its stem, leaves and, of course, the flower. When you start your sketch, be careful to start sketching above the center of the page in order to have ample space for the flower at the top and the stem and leaves below the flower.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Simple Rose

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 1

Begin by sketching a big U. This is the start of the main body of the rose.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 2

Draw a line from the bottom center of the U and down for the stem.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 3

Sketch a small leaf shape from the stem pointing upward over the bottom of the U.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 4

Draw another small leaf next to the one you drew, curving its point slightly downward.

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How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 5

Draw another small leaf next to the first one you drew and to the left of it curving its point slightly downward.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 6

Draw another line next to the stem line.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 7

Similarly, draw another line to the other side of the stem line.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 8

Draw a small circle at the bottom of the stem.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 9

Draw a large leaf extending from and to the right of the stem.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 10

Draw another large leaf extending from and to the left of the stem.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 11

On each of the two leaves, draw a line from the stem down the middle of the leaf to the leaf’s point.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 12

On the left leaf, draw 4 lines evenly spaced from the center line of the leaf to its left edge. Also on the left leaf, draw 4 lines evenly spaced from the center line of the leaf to its right edge. Do the same for the right leaf.

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How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 13

Erase the extra line from the stem.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 14

We will now sketch a petal on the right side of the flower. Begin drawing the petal at the bottom of the U and upward curved like the letter C with the top of the C extended to curve down and in making the petal.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 15

Draw a curved line from the bottom of the petal line drawn in previous step. This line should extend as far up as the top of the left side line of the U, but should be to the right of the left sideline.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 16

Sketch a curved line from the top of the line drawn in the previous step to the top of the petal on the right. This forms the center portion of the rose flower.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 17

Draw a curved line from the left line of the center part of the flower to the outside of the left U line part way down. This forms a petal on the left of the flower.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 18

Draw a line from the bottom of the right petal and U shape upward to the left and past the left line of the center of the flower. This line should extend up almost to the top of the left petal, but not all the way. Erase the tops of the U-shape we drew in the beginning.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 19

Draw a little circle in the center of the top of the flower (center) body. Add two curves behind the flower.

How to Draw Simple Rose: Step 20

Using colored pencils or crayons fill-in the flower, stem and leaves colors. We have now completed our sketch of a beautiful rose.

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