Friday, June 19, 2015

How To Draw a Rose Bud

A few weeks back when my mom's garden first started to bloom I was able to get out and do a few sketches.  Here is a quick and easy process share on how I like to draw rose buds.

Start with two lines for the stem.  Add a tear drop shape on top.  Draw lines to indicate the petals. Open the tear drop shape by erasing the line connecting the bud to the stem.

That's pretty much it!  You can now add shading and more details.  Shading is kinda like coloring with a pencil.  Use a light hand and shade or color in where you see dark areas on the flower.  I drew another example with different petals.  Break it down to the stem, bud, petals, and shading.

I straightened up the stems and used curved lines on the bud to show shadows.  Don't forget to use your eraser to open the form and give a realistic look.  I drew small triangle shapes for the leafy bits hanging off the bud.  Flick your pencil up and away to get a nice tip on the top of the bud.  Have a reference photo or the real thing close for observation.

I'd love to hear from you.  Let me know if this was helpful!

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  1. Great work and thanks for sharing the tips, Valerie

  2. Fantastic tutorials, glad to find your blog. Thanks for stopping in at mine :) Shirleyx

  3. Thanks for sharing the tips. I have some roses blooming and think I will go out and sketch them myself.

  4. beautiful sketching Danielle-and yes, your step outs were very helpful! happy PPF!

  5. Gorgeous sketching and your moms roses are beautiful!! Thanks for showing this wonderful process!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. That's great, makes it so clear. Thanks!

  7. Oh my I love your sketches! I think you will do fine as an artist.

  8. It's a gorgeous sketch, very subtle and pretty with lovely shading :)

  9. Such beautiful drawings :)

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop.. pinned...

  10. Wonderful drawings and sketch tutorial. I've been wanting to try some drawing but thought I didn't have any talent/too late to learn. You make me feel like I should go ahead and give it a try. :)

    1. I hope you do Kristin! You can learn anytime!

  11. Pretty! I'm pretty bad at drawing but I'm going to give this step-by-step tutorial a try. Thank you!

  12. Wow, beautiful sketches, Danielle. Thank you so much for the inspirational tutorial.

    Love and hugs