I am going to show you, how to draw a realistic rose, drawing realistic rose can be huge trouble, when I started first time, I wen through many ups and down, the rose drawing sometimes looked out of shape, darker, or even fuzzy, meanings, I have gone through all stages as a beginner, but I am going to share with step to avoid those mistake and achieve a better result.
- Please, note, there is complete video tutorial at the end of article.
- Faber Castell Grip Matic 0.7
- FaberCastell Black Pencil
- FaberCastell Pencil (3B,5B & 7B)
- Derwent 8B Pencil -Blending stump
- Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura
- Staedtler eraser pencil
Step 1: Draw Outline of Rose
Use a 0.7 Faber Castell pencil and create a rough outline of the rose, this does not have to be perfect, as we are going to improve along the line, do not worry if the outline doesn’t look perfect, simply draw outline using following image, as usual try to use with lighter hand and do not press hard, because later on you will need to remove some of the lines.
Step 2: Shading
Now outline is done, it is time to start shading, use 3B pencil and shade from inside out, the key for better result is that use it around the outlines and keep the pencil nose not very sharp.
Step 3: Blending
Start blending, use the blending stump tool. you can also finish shading of small area along the line.
Step 4: Outline Darkening
With the help of 5B Pencil, now start darkening the lighter outlines, try to leave some empty white space between next layer of petal, as it will add a more realistic look in the drawing. You can use stump tool to create a shade, and convert the sharp dark lines into more blending dark to light looks.
Once you finished the area, move on towards the outer layer of petals and darken the outlines and follow the step 2, and step 3. Example as below.
Step 5: The Second Layer of Shading
Now use the dark Faber castle black pencil and shade the outside of outline line area , this extra shading will add a realistic look in rose picture.
Step 6: Use Eraser
This is very interesting usage of eraser, we will use eraser to add highlights in petals, you can use it under the outer dark shaded lines that you have done in step 5.
Add darker shading using 8B pencil, which is not only soft, but a very good tool to add shading in darker forms.
You can use graphite powder with the help of a tissue paper and spread it around the outer side of the rose, this background is optional.
Free Tutorial : How to Draw a Rose
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