How to Draw a Classic Tattoo Style Rose

Have you ever wanted to draw a rose but didn't know where to begin? Or you wanted to draw a classic tattoo style rose, but it seemed too difficult? Here is a step by step way to do it to make it very simple. By the end of this article, you will be drawing roses everywhere!

How to Draw a Classic Tattoo Style Rose (Image: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media )

Things You'll Need

  • Paper

  • Pen or pencil

  • Something to color it in with (optional)

How to Draw a Classic Tattoo Style Rose

Step 1

Step 1 (Image: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media )

First you will draw the bud. Just follow the picture exactly for this first one. Very simple lines.

Step 2

Step 2 (Image: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media )

Finish the bid by drawing the inside and center of the flower. Draw it exactly as in the diagram. Keep in mind that a rose's center will wrap around-like a scroll.

Step 3

Step 3 (Image: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media )

Drawing the petals. Now the fun begins, and also the part which frustrate many people. Let's keep it simple. Use only 2 petal shapes. In the diagram, these are red--one is like a soft leaf shape with one point outward, the other is like the top part of a heart, two soft rounded edges. Try to imagine these as having that velvety rose texture. Repeat the 2 patters, one after the other all the way around.

Step 4

Step 4 (Image: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media )

Adding leaves. Don't add too many, this is also a mistake that is made. Follow the diagram and start with 3 leaves.

Step 5

Step 5 (Image: Illustration: Dan DiSorbo/Demand Media)

Leaf texture. Draw a line down the center of each leaf. Then draw the veins symmetrically as in the diagram


Keep it simple! You can add color! Photoshop is great for this.