If you've always wanted to learn how to draw a rose, but do not want to spend time and money enrolling in a drawing class, there are several sources on the web where you will be able to get step-by-step instructions on drawing a variety of objects and images. Among flowers, the rose takes some time and effort to master, so follow the instructions listed below and practice until you are perfect!
Getting started. You will need a sheet of drawing paper, a pencil and eraser to begin with. One of the options is to download a template from the internet, print it and copy the outline onto a sheet of tracing paper. Once you have the outline of the rose on tracing paper, place it on the drawing paper and use a black carbon to transfer the outline onto your drawing sheet. If you do not have black carbon, then you can also affix the tracing paper firmly to the drawing sheet and draw on the tracing paper outline with a pencil such that an imprint of the drawing is pressed into the drawing paper. Next, use a pencil to fill up the imprint directly on the drawing paper.
Free-hand drawing. A more difficult method is to learn free-hand drawing; this will take some time and effort before you can claim proficiency. To draw a rose free-hand, you will need paper, pencil and eraser.
Draw the stem. Begin with drawing a slightly curved line in the centre of the drawing sheet. At the top end of the line outline with a soft pencil, a slightly flattened circle.
Drawing the leaves. On either side of the curved line, sketch a few arcs which you can later elongate into the shape of leaves. Within each leaf, draw a line in the middle depicting the vein, and rough out the edges of the leaf with jagged lines.
Drawing the petals. Within the circle sketched in step three, draw wavy lines resembling petals, with some lines overlapping each other and the outer ring of petals should curve outwards. The inner ring of petals can be drawn with a close grouping of wavy lines.
Adding thorns. Add a second line following the same curve as the first line drawn depicting the stem, this will create a slightly thicker stem on top of which you will have the finished rose. On either side of the stem, at the junction where the stem and the leafy twigs join, draw in some thorns from top of the stem to the end.
Shading. To make the rose more realistic and two-dimensional use a shading pencil on the outer edges of the petal curves, on the leaves draw a series of uneven parallel lines to give the shading effect. Also shade one side of the main stem with short uneven parallel lines.
With this, you've just drawn a rose free-hand for the first time! Keep practicing and once you're more proficient with getting the outline, you can experiment with color pencils or paints to make your rose look more realistic!