How to Draw a Rose Part 2 – Shade the Left Petals

How to Draw a Rose – Intro

How to Draw a Rose – Part 1

How to Draw a Rose – Part 2

How to Draw a Rose – Part 3

How to Draw a Rose – Part 4

How to Draw a Rose – Part 5

Shade the Top Left Petal


Now that the line drawing of the rose is complete, it’s time to work on shading the rose. We’ll start with a 2B pencil and the top left petal. Put down some light tones first from the bottom to the top point of the petal.


Put some darker shading near the bottom. This darker tone represents the shadows that the surrounding petals in front are placing on this one.

Shade the Middle Left Petal


Now let’s shade the middle petal on the left side. There is a bit of a bulge right here at the corner. After drawing a short line for the edge of the corner, sketch some shading just underneath it. As you work your way down, get close to the very edge of the petal without actually touching it with the pencil marks. This little strip of lighter area will represent reflected light that is present along the curved edges of many objects. We will use lots of reflected light as we shade the other petals of this rose.


Next, start shading the side of this petal that is facing toward the center of the rose. Since it is facing inward, there will be a lot of shadow here, lighter at the top and much darker near the base. It helps to outline the surrounding petals that are in the foreground as a reminder to keep the shading limited to this middle left petal you are working on now. As you get near the top of the petal, sketch some light vertical lines that extend into the lightest areas. Make sure these vertical lines have a curvature that matches the curvature of the petal.


Add more shading to the side of the petal. Begin with a dark streak along the edge, leaving a thin strip open for reflected light. We can also put a dark curve here at the corner to indicate a little bend in the petal. Gradually lighten the tones as you get farther away from the outer edge. Leave another strip of reflected light along this inner edge.


After that, shade the base of the petal, which extends under the center petals of the rose. This area is where the darkest tones of the petal should be.


There is this tiny part of a petal hidden behind the one we’ve been working on. Maybe it’s part of the first one we shaded, or it could be another one. Anyway, let’s make sure we don’t leave it out.

Shade the Lower Left Petal


To shade the lower left petal, begin by placing some light shading at the corner. Then shade where the petal is attached to the rest of the rose. This area is concealed by a curved petal above it. When you shade, shade with the pencil strokes radiating in an outward direction.


Put some more shading closer to the outer edge. Leave an open area at this little tip. This will make it look like there is a slight bend along the edge. Outline the edge to better define it.


Now let’s layer some darker tones over these lighter ones at the edge. This will give the appearance of more subtle bends and creases along the edge of the petal.


Let’s also layer some darker tones on the other side, especially at each corner.


Lightly and loosely sketch some lines radiating from where the petal emerges from the base of the rose to the outer edge. Keep these lines relatively straight. We are sketching these lines as a way to suggest the subtle veins and some other light textures of the petal without going into too much detail.


Now let’s go back and do the same with the other two petals we have shaded so far.

How to Draw a Rose – Part 3

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