Roses are familiar flowers throughout the world. They are known for their layered petals, fragrant smell, variety of colors, and sharp thorns along the stem.
There are hundreds of species of this plant, and thousands of cultivars, or breeds, developed by horticulturalists. Wild varieties are native to almost every temperate continent, including Asia, North America, and Europe.
Roses are grown for their beauty, as well as for use in perfumes, as a flavoring in food and drink, and in medicines. In the country of Turkey, rose flavored candy is a popular treat.
Would you like to include roses in your artwork, as have so many masters of the past? Now you can.
We’ve compiled the best easy rose drawing tutorials from across the internet. With fifty tutorials to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect rose to fit your needs.
Some tutorials are designed specifically for greeting cards, featuring a banner on which to write. Many are very simple, while a few capture the natural beauty of this flower in great detail.
Most of the tutorials contain step-by-step illustrations with written instructions, and many also feature how-to videos.
All you need to draw a rose is a pencil and a piece of paper. You will also want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes and to remove guide lines – those lines made early on in a drawing that must be removed prior to completion.
Since roses are known for their vibrant colors, acquiring paints, colored pencils, crayons, or markers is also helpful.
Let your creativity bloom with one of the following step-by-step, simple drawing guides.
If you enjoyed the smiling rose above, try this one on for size! She is a bit more detailed than the cute rose in the previous tutorial.
Meanings of Roses
In many societies throughout history, roses have held a cultural significance. Giving a bouquet of roses often indicates romantic interest in the recipient.
Roses of different colors are given to others to indicate different sentiments. For example, red roses indicate love and romance; white roses, purity and innocence. Dark pink roses are a symbol of gratitude; light pink are given in sympathy for a loss. Yellow roses mean friendship. Orange, coral, or salmon colored roses symbolize desire. Purple roses are used to celebrate love at first sight, and red and white roses, when given together, symbolize unity.
Did you know? Roses weren't always the multi-layered flowers we know so well today. Wild roses are simple flowers with just five petals, yet their beauty is still sweet and timeless. They often smell good, too!
This simple rose drawing is a good starting point for beginners. It uses straightforward lines and shapes to craft the flower’s stem, leaves, and petals. This tutorial also features an informative video.
This tutorial will help you to draw the bloom of the rose in a frontal, portrait type view, omitting the stem and focusing on the beauty of the flower itself. In addition to step-by-step instructions, this tutorial also includes a video.
While still easy to accomplish, this stemmed rose includes more detail than the “Simple Rose” tutorial. This flower is complete with additional petals, more complex leaves, and a thorny stem. This tutorial also includes an instructional video.
You’ve drawn roses using the word “r-o-s-e” – now, draw a rose using only letters and numbers. This video tutorial uses the lines of a 6, 9, y, U, C and more. Follow the instructions as you turn your page to place the numbers and letters at various angles.
This step-by-step tutorial tackles the task of drawing a rose from three different perspectives. The first begins with a small freehand circle, the second with a spiral shape. In each, petals are added around the initial shape. The final guide involves a rose with a stem.
In this video tutorial, watch the author’s hands as he crafts a rose, one petal at a time. This tutorial provides more detail than those listed previously, and is therefore an excellent way to enhance your rose drawing skills. The shape of the petals, as well as the shading, demonstrated in this tutorial provides the flower with an increased sense of depth and dimension.
Roses in Art
Roses also appear in works of art dating back many centuries. They are the among the most popular subjects in classical paintings, second only to the human form. For example, the Codex Manesse, a book of German love songs dating to around 1305 A.D., includes red roses in its illustrations.
In the year 1461, the rose became a symbol of British royalty, and its monarchs, especially queens, were often painted holding the flower. Such famous names as Pierre-August Renoir, Paul Cezanne, and Claude Monet have included images of roses in their artwork. The earliest known painting of a rose was discovered in a fresco at Knossos, Crete, dating to around 1,500 B.C.
In this video tutorial designed specifically with children in mind, you will learn how to draw yet another rose. The artist begins with a spiral shape and adds simple lines to form the flower. Even the youngest of artists can master this project.
This simple rose drawing tutorial takes the unique approach of using circles. Your drawing will start out within a large, circular guide line, and the petals are drawn as circles before the detail is added.
The artist describes this rose as “graceful,” and this is achieved through the use of gently curving lines. This relaxing video tutorial will guide you through the steps of outlining the rose, removing guide lines, adding detail, and shading.
This video tutorial demonstrates both how to draw a simple rose using curved lines, and how you may shade the flower using colored pencils. The artist chooses purple for the rose in the video – what color will yours be?
In this brief - and positively adorable - video tutorial, a very young artist demonstrates her unique style of drawing a simplified rose. The form uses shapes such as an oval divided by the stem to form two leaves. This tutorial is proof that even the very young can master the art of drawing.
This artist begins by sketching simple shapes with a pencil, focusing on the folds of the petals. Later, the lines are retraced using a black pen, and the guide lines (in pencil) are smudged to detail the petals.
This computer generated video tutorial was designed for kids of all ages – including the grown-up ones. This guide uses simple lines to form the flower. The video is paced so that you can easily follow along with your own drawing.
It was a tale as old as time. The rose, left by a beautiful enchantress, was meant to remind the Beast of his selfishness and cruelty. In order to break the spell and become fully human once more, he had to learn how to love before the flower’s last petal fell. You can draw the enchanted rose using this video tutorial.
This tutorial takes a unique perspective on teaching kids to draw. In addition to the adult instructor, the video features a child following the steps in real time. If he can draw a rose so easily, so can you! As markers are the drawing medium used, no erasing is required.
This tutorial depicts the thorny vine of a rose wound tightly around a heart. Does the rose indicate love that's captured someone's heart? That's up to you to decide. Notice that in each step, new lines are shown in red, while previously drawn lines fade to blue.
Roses in Popular Culture
Roses have also found their place amid popular culture. For example, a rose protected in a glass case featured prominently in the plot of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991, 2017).
Roses are still popular adornments on clothing and jewelry, accessories, and home decorations. Weddings, wedding anniversaries, first dates, school dances, and Valentine’s Day are among the contemporary celebrations in which roses are commonly exchanged.
Giving someone a bouquet of seven roses is said to mean "I'm infatuated with you." Now, you can draw just such a bouquet using this step-by-step guide. Note that newly drawn lines are shown in red, previous lines in blue, and guide lines in light gray.
When someone gives you a single rose or a bouquet of roses, you likely place them in a vase to enjoy their beauty as long as possible. Now, you can draw a rose complete with a vase, using this easy video tutorial.
If paintings are your drawing medium of choice, this is the tutorial for you. The artist employs the same simple steps presented in previous tutorials. The difference lies in the fact that he crafts his rose using paints and watercolors. Get out your brushes and pallet and you can, too.
Once you’ve mastered the easy drawing tutorials listed above, would you like to try your hand at drawing a more detailed flower? In this easy video tutorial, the artist begins with simple lines and shapes, as in the other tutorials. Once the outline is completed, the artist demonstrates a simple shading technique that will add realism to your drawing.
In this tutorial, the artist not only shows you how to draw a rose, but she talks you through the process as well. This tutorial is shown at a pace to allow you to draw along with the artist. Once the drawing is completed, the artist will show you how to shade, or color, the rose in a realistic fashion. Watch the side of the screen for interesting rose facts and quotes about roses as well.
In this video tutorial, a professional tattoo artist demonstrates how to draw six different roses traditionally used in body art. Each rose begins with a small circle inside a larger circle, and each successive rose increases in difficulty.