Practicing Using
Sketches of Roses

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In this tutorial, you will learn through some sketches of roses how to create perfect sketches and start your illustrations the right way! As you are probably aware now, sketching is one of the most important aspect of drawing.

It's the best time to practice, try new things and experiment. Using a few examples featuring roses, I will show you what you should do to improve your techniques and find new ideas when sketching. 


Sketches of roses

First, drawing hard lines to get a
global idea of the illustration.

The first thing you can do is simply draw using dark lines without worrying about getting it right. Of course, amateurs might be intimidated by this technique. It does require a great level of control and it is not easy to obtain the desired effect easily. 

Since you don't have a template or do not have light lines to guide you, this technique is only efficient if you want to try something new (or familiar) without feeling the need to erase all the time. 

As you can see on the example above, lines are irregular and the result is not necessarily convincing. However, using this technique should help you eliminate shapes and drawing more easily since you now have an example to look at. Let's see more sketches of roses.


Sketches of roses

A good mix between hard lines and soft ones.

In this example, a simple rose was drawn using a good mix between hard visible lines and soft ones. The shape of the subject is still not perfectly clear, but I have enough information to decide whether I want to keep it or not. 

This technique is great if you are working on posture or a particular view. Indeed, using lines that are light and subtle gives you the flexibility to make small adjustments without having to erase, but you can still add a few dark lines on areas that are done or as expected. 

You probably won't use this sketch to create a beautiful drawing out of it yet, but it's a good start. 


Sketches of roses

Sketching with no intent to end up
with a perfect result.

Of all sketches of roses available on this page, this one is my favorite. It shows that using only a few simple lines, you can end up with a result that is easy to recognize and pleasant to look at. Yes, simplicity is always a good thing!

First, a few (but very subtle) lines are added to be used as guidelines. Then, only a few hard lines are added to illustrate the subject. This technique requires more flexibility than any other sketching technique. If you ca draw freely without feeling the need to draw all lines perfectly, the result will be even better.

Of course, it is always possible to enhance the illustration by adding more details as you are progressing, but the nice thing about this approach is that the result will always look nice even at early stages.


Sketches of roses

Firm lines. Simple subject. Effective drawing.

Another nice variation. This one is made from few subtle lines, but mostly drawn with hard (and precise) outlines. Of all sketches or roses available on this page, this one is closer to the technique used to draw cartoons. It's simple, clean and effective. 

You don't need to draw dark areas, add lines to create textures or use some other effects to create depth. It is similar to the first technique we saw earlier, but you can use a few subtle guidelines and the result is more precise, closer to the final illustration. 

If you are serious about drawing cute cartoon characters, then you should definitely practice using this approach. It does demand a greater control, but you will be rewarded with greater results!


Sketches of roses

Adding a few subtle lines to end up
with a more polished illustration.

Some sketches of roses are more fun to draw than the others. This one is also one of my favorites. First, you can use a few subtle lines to form a template. These lines are very important, but usually not visible on the final result. They are either erased along the way or simply hidden under larger (and darker) lines. 

Then, once all thin lines are drawn and the shape of the subject is well defined, you can draw thick lines to form the illustration. Finally, when you are ready, simply sketch a few thin lines to create darker areas on your image. 

As you can see above, it is very important to add only a few dark areas on the illustration. No need to create complex shadows on your rose (or any other object). Once again, simplicity is much better!


Sketches of roses

A few dark areas to create more depth and volume.

Another nice example of a simple design enhance with a few lines and some darker areas to create more depth and volume. You can also notice on the illustration above the addition of a few lines inside the rose to represent how lighting works on the image. 

Petals behind the flower are also filled with grey colors to suggest depth. Adding a few subtle dots on white areas is also a good idea. Overall this is just a small variation of the previous drawing only this time a few parts are darker and the sense of depth is more present. 


Sketches of roses

Moving on with more dark areas.

This time, we are still using dark outlines to illustrate the rose. Inside the illustration, not only can we use a few thin lines to form dark areas, but we can also use our pencil to add grey shadows. Erasing a few areas can also create a nice effect. 

Once again, it's a good idea to keep things simple. More examples with complex shapes and shadows will be displayed below, but for now, this technique requires only simple actions. 

That's it for tips featuring sketches of roses that should help you sketch cartoon images. However, if you want to create sketches that are more complex, more interesting to look at because of the addition of various effects, then let's proceed with more examples. 


Sketches of roses

A more detailed illustration fill with simple effects.

I love this illustration. The rose is more detailed than previous ones, but the effects are virtually the same. Thin outlines to create the template, dark outlines to illustrate the final shape, small lines to form darker areas and a little bit of grey to give more depth to the image.

You can definitely add more lines and dark areas on this illustration if you want to. Although it is already a nice image, the high-level of details make this rose the perfect candidate for more work. Let's see more sketches of roses.


Sketches of roses

Working with grey tones to add more depth.

So far, we mostly used lines to create the desired effect in our sketches of roses. But working with a pencil gives us the possibility to create stunning effects using grey areas. Combine with a good eraser, you can definitely end up with very realistic results if you are patient and perseverant enough to go through the whole process.

Let's take the illustration above as our example. As you can see, with so many curved shapes inside the object, it is quite easy to add dark areas using grey colors. However, it's also a good idea to grab the eraser if some areas are getting too dark or difficult to read. A good balance between darkness and brightness is crucial to end up with a realistic illustration. 

In this sketch, dark areas are created with grey colors. For our last example, let's see how we could create a flower using all the techniques we've learned previously. It's not an easy task, but it can be done!


Sketches of roses

The final example. Mixing all the techniques!

Once again, choosing a design that is filled with curved shapes, round edges and simple lines is perfect to create the ultimate flower.

Notice how the design is simple, how the inside is filled with a good mix of dark areas, thin lines, bright lines and small dots. Adding all these techniques properly is a tough challenge and finding the perfect balance is not always easy. 

Just like everything else in the wonderful world of drawing, if you want to achieve your goal and learn how to sketch properly, you must practice and practice over and over again.

Of course, you can select another theme if you don't want to create sketches of roses. But in the end, all the various techniques displayed on this page can be useful to represent the cartoon character of your dream. 

Have fun and don't hesitate to try more tutorials from the same series! :)


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