Tip 1: USE A REFERENCE PHOTO
Try using a reference photo. Drawing a realistic rose can be baffling. I am personally not very experienced in nature drawing. I studied photos of roses at one time just so I could understand the anatomy of a rose.
Tip 2: START LIGHT
Draw with a light pencils or light touch. You will find that you will need to make adjustments to the initial drawing as you go along.
Tip 3: ROSE PEDALS SIT IN A SPIRAL
Keep in mind that rose pedals are sort of sitting in a spiral. I started with what I would describe as an elongated, squiggly, C shape. And then another elongated, squiggly, C shape facing that one. And you just keep building from there. Of course, the pedals begin to change shape as you move outward. Just think of it this way, at the core of the rose there is a small pedal, and behind that there is another pedal that is a little bit bigger. And behind that, there is another one that is a little bit bigger and so on and so forth.
Tip 4: SKETCH IN SHADOWS
During the initial drawing faze, I also like to draw in the shape of where some of the shadows will be so that when I start shading I know where I will be filling in dark areas versus light areas. It helps to keep in mind that all shadows are various shapes in various tones.
Tip 5: ROSE PEDALS CURL AND FRAY
Notice how rose pedals curl out and receive most of the light at the very tip. And also how rose pedals are frayed and don't have any perfect line. It's almost as if you could close your eyes while drawing each pedal just to allow some imperfections.
Tip 6: SHADE LIGHT TO DARK
When you begin shading, I like to start light and build the darker areas. Although, I do find that I will fill in areas where it is clearly dark.
Tip 7: USE BLENDING STUB TO DRAW AND SHADE
I like to use my blending stub to drag graphite from the darker areas and fill in shading as well as to define lines. And I like to keep at least two blending stubs one for darker areas and one for light just so there isn't so much graphite on all of them when I need to blend lighter areas.
Tip 8: FROM DARK TO LIGHT
Notice how the deepest parts in between the pedals are darkest and from there the tone becomes gradually lighter to the very tip of the pedal where it is pure white because it is receiving the most light. Now, of course, this all varies depending on where your light source is coming from.
And those all the tips I have for you today. I hope you find this helpful. Again, let me know in the comments below or share your drawings with me.