Creating rose drawings usually isn’t the easiest task. Unlike many other flowers whose petals take on a simple and symmetrical arrangement, roses are different.
This is especially true when it comes to drawing a rose from a "bird’s eye view". As the petals of a rose spread out from its center, they curved up and out revealing a number of different possible shapes.
In many of the lessons on this site – flowers included, we often do better when working with a small number of simple basic shapes. It’s usually easier to avoid random formations when it comes to drawing.
In tackling rose drawings then, things get a lot easier if we first have some sort of guideline to work from… something that allows us to maintain some sort of pattern – while at the same time, allowing us to still be creative and random.
And so, here’s one solution to the trickiness involved in drawing a rose – here’s how rose drawings are "Made Easy"…
First Step – The Rose Portal!
OK. We’ve decided that first, it’s important to have some sort of guideline to work from. Well, that’s where the "rose portal" comes in…
Just like I’ve done on the left, go ahead and draw four circles – each inside the other. In doing so, you easily outline and define four distinct areas to map out the petals of your rose. It’s helpful with drawing a rose and other flower drawings too.
One thing that’s very true about drawing a rose as seen from above, is that the further away from the center you get, the more simple the drawing is. This is because the petals of a rose are more "bunched up" in the center. Next time you look at a real rose from this view point, you’ll see what I mean. It’s difficult to make out what’s going on near the center!
Alright, is your rose portal guideline all drawn out? Good stuff. Let’s continue beginning with the center and most complicated part of the rose…
Second Step – Begin Your Rose at the Center
In another rose drawing lesson on this site, How to Draw a Rose, you began by drawing a "swirl". And it was the swirl that marked the center of your rose.
Well here I want you to do the same thing. In the smallest circle of your rose portal, go ahead and draw a small swirl just like this one that you see on the right.
With the swirl in place, the next step is to move out to the actual line of the center circle. On it, draw three "blob-like" formations. Draw them so that they match the curvature of the circle. These blobs represent the tops of the center rose petals as they separate from the center.
Alright, now for some more blobs. Move out to the line of the second circle in your rose portal. And just as you did previously, draw some more blobs. Draw four this time. Feel free to change the size and shape of each one.
Something to note here… at this point in your rose drawing, it’s indeed difficult to picture these random blob shapes as petals. And rightfully so… it just doesn’t look right!
Later however, when you get closer to finishing your rose, I think you’ll better appreciate how something so odd and simple can actually contribute to the effect we are trying to create – the complex-looking center of a rose.
The final step in drawing the center of your rose is to add some additional blobs in the space between the first and second circles of your rose portal.
So, go ahead and do just that! In no particular pattern or arrangement, fill in the gaps with the shapes of your choice.
It’s here where we are demonstrating "controlled randomness". Each rose petal is laid out in a sequential and logical order, but the frequency, size, shape, etc. of which they occur is completely random! Very much like the natural shape of a blooming rose!
Third Step – Draw Four Randomly-Shaped Petals for Your Rose
Logically, the next step is to again move outwards from the center of the rose to create the next layer of petals. And the further away from the center we get, the bigger the petals get, and actually… the more simpler the drawing gets!
Directions are actually quite simple from this point forward. Give your rose four petals that stay relatively within the range of the second and third circles of your rose portal. Ensure that each petal is random in size, shape and the way that it overlaps the petal next to it.
Get your four rose petals drawn and it’s on to the next step!…
Third Step – The Outer and Final Layer of Your Rose
Well, you’re just about finished now. This step plays out much the same as Step Two. Move on out to the fourth and outermost circle of your rose portal and draw five more petals. Just like this…
It’s at this point where we really begin to see our rose drawings coming into shape. The bigger picture reveals a flower instead of a group of odd-looking blob-like shapes. These final five petals should be the easiest of all as they are larger, and furthest from the center. Experiment a little so that you get them looking the way you want.
OK… one, two, three, four, five petals and you’re all done! Well, almost…
Final Step – Some Leaves for Your Rose
There’s one last thing to do before your rose drawing is finished. When looking down at a rose from above, you can often see a few leaves peaking out from underneath the rose. So, draw them if you like…
From above, there wouldn’t be all that much detail. So, something like a few pieces of grass would do just fine for adding in leaves. Just like I have on the left, draw in a few "spikes" to give your rose some leaves.
And then… it’s time to get rid of your rose portal guideline and give your rose some color. Red, white, yellow, pink… surely you’ve got some sort of favorite rose color!
Well, congratulations! You now know how to make rose drawings in a much easier way. The sweet smell of success (and the smell of a rose) is finally here! 🙂