How to Draw a Rose in Pen and Ink

Skill Level : 1 Beginner

Medium : Pen and Ink Drawing

Subject : Flowers

Tutor : Dennis Clark

Class Length : 1 hour 27 minutes

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Class Description

Most gardens have at least one rose bush. Much has be written about roses, not forgetting poems and songs! Roses have also been used in Heraldry (Coat of Arms) as well.  You are going to take a lovely orange rose and turn it into a pen and ink drawing.

In this lesson you will learn:

1. When not to use the formal regimented strokes
2. How to use the strokes in a vey sketchy way
3. How to use the curved strokes to indicate the curvature of the petals
4. How to use the strokes in the highlight areas
5. How to draw water drops
6. How to “lift” the one petal above the lower one

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Instead of making a tracing and then transferring the outlines, you may also use the printout (If you don't mind marking it.).  Place a blue Dress Makers transfer sheet under the print and tape the print securely to the drawing paper. Use a black ballpoint pen to do the transfer. With this method you can easily see if all the necessary outlines have been transferred.

Begin the outlines

Begin the outlining of the rose and petals. Do this with the thinnest nib possible as we don't want a thick line spoiling the final drawing. Here a mapping pen nib is being used.

The outlining has been completed and is now ready to add in the various shading techniques.

Start indicating the molding (forms) of the petals

The petals are not flat and somehow we have to give the illusion of rounding onto the flat surface of the paper. In order to do this correctly we need to very lightly sketch in some guide lines. Notice how this is drawn in with curved lines.

Begin the shadow areas

Begin to add in the shadows cast by the upper petals. By adding these shadows to the rose drawing the shape and form becomes quickly visible. Don't deepen the shadows too much at this stage.

Here we see the shading in progress. There is no cross-hatching at this stage. Notice the extra shading under curl at the petal tip.

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Progress on the petals

The rose petals are almost finished. Be careful in not filling in too much into the highlight areas. There has to be a good balance between light and dark areas. Notice in the middle petal there are a few horizontal curved lines that add to the impression of the petal rounding.

Add the water drops

Draw in a few water drops for interest. (a few drops of rain) Be careful in not leaving out the highlight.

Final touches to the rose

For the petals facing directly towards the light source (top left) only a few thin lines are needed to show up the petals. Add a few discreet cross-hatchings in the very dark areas. Remember to periodically clean the dried or semi-dried ink off the nib.

Drawing the stem and leaves

Here you may use a thicker nib for the blocking in of the main shadow. Finish off the leaves with short straight lines. Leave the caterpillar-eaten hole in the one leaf for interest.

Final drawing

About Dennis Clark

Dennis has been drawing and painting for most of his life (since 1944) and shortly after that in watercolours. During WWII there were no art books so to speak, so he had to teach himself through experimentation, sweat and tears. He teaches the following mediums online - Watercolours, Pastels, Acrylics, Pencil, Pastels, Pen and Ink and Oils.
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