VIDEO: How to draw a rose

When we think of drawing something familiar like hands, or lips, a cat, or a rose – we often forget about the imperfections and unique shapes and textures each individual object or creature has.

I see this a lot especially in wildlife art. Where every animal has perfectly clean fur or no broken feathers. When in reality things are dirty and have imperfections. Teeth break and claws get snagged and hands have wrinkles on them.

Detail which – when included – make for more interesting drawings and paintings.

So as we draw more and more – it’s so important to build up a visual bank of references in our minds. References based on in-person observation or true-to-life reference photos.

This way we’re drawing from what we SEE and not from what we think we know.

In the case of drawing a rose there are so many details we can include:

  • the half dead petals,
  • the petals that are half bent,
  • the holes where the insects ate through,
  • the broken thorns.

As I’m drawing these roses, I’m limiting myself to simple contour lines. Which forces me to look at my reference photos more than looking at my drawing. Forcing myself to take notice to the imperfections and real qualities of the roses I’m drawing.

As I’m laying these lines down, I’m only looking at the petals around the immediate petal I’m drawing. Seeing how each affects each other. Working from petal to petal until I have a finished drawing of a rose.

I’m treating these drawings as quick warm-ups.

Giving myself no more than 5 minutes to draw each of them.

I’m probably looking at the reference 80% of the time and my actual drawing 20% of the time.

So take notice to every detail and don’t be afraid to embrace them in your drawings.

Every Sunday I send new drawing videos to everyone on my newsletter first

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit