Yellow Rose of Texas, as sung by Gene Autry
(A civil war era song)
There's a yellow rose in Texas
That I am gonna back to see
Nobody else could miss her
Not half as much as me
She cried so when I left her
It like to broke my heart
And if I ever find her
We never more will part

She's the sweetest little rosebud
That Texas ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
They sparkle like the dew
You may talk about your Clementine
And sing of Rosa Lee
But the Yellow Rose of Texas
Is the only girl for me

Where the Rio Grande is flowin'
And starry skies are bright
She walks along the river
In the quiet summer night
I know that she remembers
When we parted long ago
I promised to return
And not to leave her so

Oh, now I'm gonna find her
For my heart is full of woe
We'll do the things together
We did so long ago
We'll play the banjo gaily
She'll love me like before
And the Yellow Rose of Texas
Shall be mine forevermore

πŸ‘ About this sketch: I loaded the 48 compo grid to start a 48 compo invite. I still may continue that project. I am thinking of creating 48 different flowers. This is the first, if I do. But, I don't know if I can do a 2 hour sketch 48 times, though. That's a whole lot of sketching for one single sketch.
References: I used a reference from the public domain of a photo of a basic yellow rose. The painterly effects were done on purpose from imagination.
Tips on How to draw a rose.
I've had trouble drawing roses all these years. I think I finally get it, sort of.
With roses, the line art is important.
When you've finished coloring it, you can remove the lines as I did or keep them for an illustrative look.
Draw each petal seperately.
Each petal has it's own personality.
Paint one petal at a time.
That's how I did this one and it turned out better than any other rose I've ever done.
Remember to use slight shadows on the petals beneath the petals that bend.
After using bristle brush tool, I made a copy of the rose and then ran it through filters and applied the emboss filter to it to make it "crispier".
Last tip: Draw many roses in many different shapes. That's what makes roses so difficult, I think. They are complex flowers with many petals and each flower and petal is unique. Familiarize yourself how the petals unfold and curl. Use references until you can draw one from imagination. Then, be creative and use artistic license to make them interesting. Roses are a popular art subject and to stand out, they need personality.
Personality can be including the tiny details of the texture of each petal, unusual petals, a fun splash of color(s), the curl of the leaves, even be creative and include curly thorns and other fun details and don't underestimate the beauty of the tiny round buds.
I haven't gotten there yet. Obviously. I'm still working on being able to do one WITH a reference. But, you can see where I am working to be able to go with it.
Thank you for the comments, support and love.
Especially to:
❀️ Ruscifi - an artist I truly admire and have been a huge fan of since almost literally day one of joining SC. See my 50 fan co-op sketch for his name. It's listed in my top 9 sketches.
❀️ Shirlart - who always makes a point to comment even on my most unpopular sketches.
❀️ Mark - Aww, thanks Mark. I am truly honored that you'd give one of my silly sketches a heart.

Trying to refine this sketch, I've put another hour into it. You can find the 2nd version here:

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