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Here, I'm gonna share with you how to draw a rose from a still life rose.

Step No. 1
Relax... Take a deep breath... Clear your mind... Take a piece of paper (preferably a cheap photocopy paper) and a drawing pencil set. (Do you know what is a drawing pencil set? Click here)

Select a nice place to sit. Make a cup of coffee or hot chocolate if you want.


Step No. 2
Select your subject to have your drawing pencil sketches. I suggest you pick a still life subject. With that you can start a still life sketches and produce your pencil still life drawing. Got one? Let's go to the next step...


Step No. 3

A rose
Here I choose to draw a still life rose. I display the picture of rose that I chose so you are aware that I personally drew this still life rose.

Then, how to draw rose sketches? Here it is...


Rose Sketch - Step No. 4

Take a HB or B grade graphite pencil. Use it to draw sketches. Start by drawing pencil sketches of the outer line of only one rose petal from the center to the outer part of it using the HB or B grade graphite pencil.

Here's the magic part... Look at your still life subject and start from the center. Draw a part of a petal without looking at the paper! Then, stop looking at your subject and compare it with your sketch.

Ask these 2 important questions:-

1. Does it has a correct size to be on your paper?
2. Does it has a correct angle based on your position?

If the answer is NOT to any of these questions...Erase it, and re-sketch your drawing according to the correct size and angle.

Once you get that, then you can continue your next bit of sketching...

A rose sketch

Repeat the same process until you complete a whole one part of your pencil still life sketch. For example, you can consider a pair of eyes is a whole one part of a face in your pencil drawing. In my case, the rose flower, not including the leaves is a part of my rose still life sketches.

Get it? Let's continue...


Rose Sketch - Step No. 5

Toning a rose pencil drawing

Now put down your HB or B grade graphite pencil and take out your 2B and 4B grade pencils. Start to create tones in your pencil sketch drawings. Make your drawing pencil sketches alive!

Take note that you are drawing in a black and white pencil sketch. There will be no other color... yet you are drawing a 3D subject! So, you have to differentiate the tones to represent a 3D perspective.

You can start your rose sketch with any of the two pencils. I suggest you use a 2B pencil first to create fine stroke from the center to the outer part of your drawing pencil sketches. Follow the contour curves of the surface to produce a depth effect.

Then, use a 4B pencil for darker tones especially the 'deeper' part (in a 3D perspective) of your subject.


The next step...


Rose Sketch - Step No. 6

A hand drawn rose

Sketch the other part of your still life subject. In my case is the leaves. Repeat Step No. 1 to Step No. 5.


And finally...

A rose pencil drawing

Your hand drawn pencil sketch.

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