3 Easy Ways to Draw a Rose in Procreate

Learn 3 easy ways to draw a rose from the front, from the side, and a rosebud using Procreate.

Roses look like they’re hard to draw, but you’ll see in this tutorial just how easy it can be.

In this tutorial, we’ll go through 3 easy ways you can draw a rose using Procreate.

Here’s a quick overview of the article.

  • Tools needed
  • How to draw a rose (front view)
  • How to draw a rose from the side
  • How to draw a rosebud
  • Final words

Let’s get started.

Tools needed

You will need an iPad, an apple pencil or a compatible pencil, and Procreate for this tutorial.

I’ll be using my set of nifty brushes but feel free to use any brushes you want.

How to draw a rose (front view)

how to draw a rose front view

We’ll begin our tutorial by draw the front view of a beautiful rose.

Step 1 - Draw a circle

Start by drawing a circle.

draw a circle

This will be the space your rose illustration will cover.

Step 2 - Find the center of your rose

Mark a point where the center of your rose will be.

Mark the center

This point doesn’t need to be in the center of the first circle.

Step 3 - Draw the main silhouette

This tutorial will show you different styles to draw roses.

In this first method, you’ll draw the silhouette of the rose.

Define the silhouette

This will help you see if your overall illustration translates as a rose.

Step 4 - Draw the inner bud

Draw two circles to start defining the shape of the inner bud.

Draw two ovals

Step 5 - Curvy lines

From the center point you created, start to create curved lines that go in the same direction.

Start to draw the petals

These lines should stay in the smallest circle you made.

These will be the inner petals.

I like to add a bit of shadow during this stage so it’s easier to add color later on.

Step 6 - Keep swirling 

Keep on adding curved lines that go in the same direction.

Keep drawing petals

Step 7 - Turn them into petals

Add a curvy line that resembles a “V” to close the lines you did in the previous step.

Define the petals

Add some shadows to turn these lines into petals.

Step 8 - Keep building the petals

Continue to draw curved lines that touch the second circle you drew.

Using curved lines, add more petals

Add some shadows to define the petals.

Keep doing this until the second circle you made is full of petals.

Work on the petals

You don’t need to worry about making this step perfect, right now we’re defining the shapes, and later, we’ll add color and details.

More petals

Step 9 - Finish the petals 

Connect the silhouette with the petals you drew already using lines and milds shadows.

Finish your rose sketch

Once you’ve done this, you can rename this layer “Raw Sketch”.

Lower this opacity of the raw sketch, make a new layer on top of this one.

Clean the lines of your sketch

Trace the lines so you can have clean lines for your sketch.

Step 10 - Get the colors out

Free color palette: You can get the color palette I used for this illustration here

Make a new layer under your sketch and add a base color.

choose a base color

Step 11 - Start to add shadows

Make a new layer and place it on top of the base color.

Click on that new layer and turn on “Clipping Mask”.

Make a clipping mask

Clipping masks are a great way to add details without having to worry about staying inside the lines.

Step 12 - Start to add dimension

Using a darker color than the base, start to add shadows to the petals

start to work on the shadows

Choose a darker version of that color and continue to add shadows in the darker areas.

Define the shadows

With a lighter version of the base color, add small highlights to the ends of the petals.

Add some highlights

To finish this step, choose the darkest color so far and add some darker details in the dark areas of the rose illustration.

Add some dark details

Step 13 - Bring in the Detail

Using a lighter version than the base color, start to add some details to the petals to make them look more delicate.

Bring in the detail

Continue to do this until you’re happy with how it’s looking.

Step 14 - Finishing touches

I love to finish my rose illustrations by adding some water droplets as a finishing touch.

They’re really easy to make.

Just start by drawing tiny circles on a new layer on top of your rose illustration.

To add some finishing touches, add some water dropletst

Once you’ve done that, add shadows to all of them.

Add shadows to the droplets

Continue by adding highlights with a lighter color.

add highlights to the droplets

To finish them up, add shadows under each droplet.

Shadows under the droplets

And there you have it!

You finished your rose illustration.

How to draw a rose from the side

how to draw a rose from the side

Step 1 - Draw a circle

This circle will determine the size of your rose.

draw a circle

Step 2 - Small ovals

Let’s determine where the center bud of this flower will be.

Draw a small oval inside the circle to determine the top of the center bud.

draw small ovals

Draw a bigger oval shape for the bottom part of the center bud of the rose.

work on the middle rosebud

Join these two with slightly curved lines.

define the center bud

Finish up by drawing a small circle inside the top oval.

add a small circle

Step 3 - Start to make it a rose 

Make a new layer.

Using the small circle for reference, draw some soft triangular shapes to create the center of the rose.

start to work on the petals

Step 4 - Wrap the center with petals

Draw two petals around the center, the top one should go all the way up to the small oval shape.

wrap the center with petals

Continue to add petals that go around the center.

add more petals

I like to add light shadows during this part because it will make it easier when we get to the color to know where the shadows go.

Draw two more petals.

continue to draw petals for your rose illustration

The further you are from the center, the bigger the petals.

Draw 2 more petals to finish the central bud of the rose.

add more petals

Step 5 - More petals

Continue to draw petals until you reach the first circle you drew.

finish your rose sketch

Finish the sketch with two more petals.

how to draw a rose from the side easy tutorial

Don’t worry too much about the shadows, this is just your sketch.

Step 6 - Get to the details

Lower the opacity of the sketch you just made, make a new layer, and place it underneath.

Choose a base color and add it to your illustrations following the silhouette of your sketch.

This is the color palette I used for this tutorial.

add a base color

Make a new layer and place it on top of the base color.

Click on the new layer and turn it into a clipping mask.

make a clipping mask

With a darker version of the base color, start to add some shadows.

start to add shadows

Make a new layer and turn it into a clipping mask as well.

Use a more saturated version of the base color to add some interest to your illustration.

continue to build up the shadows

Continue to do this until you like how it’s looking.

Step 7 - Lights

Use a lighter version of the base color to add some highlights.

add some highlights to your rose drawing

Step 8 - Shadows

Using a darker version of the base color, start to add shadows to the darker areas.

define the shadows

Keep building the shadows with a slightly darker color.

keep building the shadows

Step 9 - Finishing detail

To finish your rose illustration, let’s add some water droplets.

To do this, use a lighter version than the base color and draw some small circles all over the flower.

add some finishing touches

Make sure that the droplets are on a new layer.

Add shadows to the droplets.

add some extra shadows

Use a light color to add highlights to the drops of water.

work on the highlights of the details

Make a new layer and place it underneath the drops to add shadows to them and make them look more realistic.

add some finishing shadows

And there you have it, you drew the side view of a rose.

How to draw a rosebud

How to draw a rosebud

Step 1 - Start with the main bud

To begin, draw a circle.

draw a circle

Draw a smaller circle on top of the first circle you made.

draw a smaller circle on top

Now, connect the two circles with soft curvy lines.

join the two circles with soft lines

Step 2 - Do the central spiral 

In the smaller circle, draw a spiral.

add a spiral to the center

This will be the center of your rose.

Now, draw two lines to make the center of your rose.

turn the spiral into a petal

Step 3 - Petals, petals, and more petals

Using soft lines, add 2 more petals.

begin to add the petals

Pro tip: When you draw petals, try to use lines that aren’t very smooth. petals are soft, flowy, and made with organic lines.

Add another petal so you create a soft heart shape.

make a soft heart shape

Elongate one of those lines.

make one of the lines longer

Connect that line with the soft heart shape and add another curved line to make more petals.

add another petal

Turn this line into a floppy bubble.

turn that line into a bubble

Join the floppy bubble to the first circle you drew.

join the petal to the first circle you drew

Using curved, organic lines, start working on the petals on top of the soft heart shape.

add some more petals at the top

With another soft, curved line, draw the petal that is on top of the soft heart shape.

work on the rose petals

Draw the final petal.

draw the final petal

I like to add shadows during this stage because it makes it easier later when it’s time to add color.

Step 4 - Add the stem

Using organic lines, create 4 “V” shapes to make the small leaves that join the flower and the stem.

sketch out the stem

Using two lines, draw the stem.

You just finished your rosebud sketch.

Step 5 - Time for color and details.

Make a new layer and place it underneath the sketch layer.

Lower the opacity of the sketch layer.

lower the opacity of the sketch layer

Choose a base color and apply it to the new layer and following your sketch.

Here is the color palette I used in this tutorial.

add a base color

Step 6 - Shadows

Using a darker version of the base color, start to add shadows to your rose illustration.

start with the shadows

Continue to build up the shadows.

continue to add shadows

Pick slightly darker versions of that color each time and keep adding shadows.

more shadows

Define the shadows with the darkest color you’ve used so far.

finish the shadows

Step 7 - Lights

Use a lighter version of the base color and start to add light to the petals.

start to work on the lights

Continue to do this to slowly build up the highlights.

bring in more highlights to your illustration

Step 8 - Color the stem

Use a base green for the stem and small leaves.

color the stem

Once you have the base color, make a new layer, click on it and turn it into a clipping mask.

make a clipping mask

Start to add shadows with a darker shade of green.

add shadows to the stem

Use a lighter version to add some lights to the stem of your rose.

Step 9 - Extra details

Using a lighter version of the base color start to add small circles to create droplets.

add water droplets

Add shadows to the droplets.

Add shadows to the droplets.

Use a lighter color to add highlights to the droplets.

Use a lighter color to add highlights to the droplets.

Make a new layer and place it underneath the droplets.

Use a darker color to add shadows to the droplets.

finish your rose illustration with some shadows

And that’s how you draw a rosebud.

Final words

That’s it, that’s 3 easy ways to draw roses.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

Let me know in the comments, what was your favorite of the tutorials.

Until next time, stay awesome and remember, practice makes perfect.


Written by Claudia Riveros