Sorry for the book length description here. But I had to add more to thank Dawn
for featuring this sketch. Thank you!
Thank you for all the comments and hearts. I'd list them all but this description is already much too verbose.
This is just one way to draw a rose. All instructions are mine. If there are any errors, please let me know.
🤘This tutorial assumes you know how to use the vector fill, fill tool, erase mode, create new layers, hide layers and know how to adjust settings in tools such as the procedural tool Bristle.
Tutorial Level: Beginner
You need to be able to use the app and know what the tools are called. This is not too difficult to draw but will take some practice.
This is simplifying skill levels like this:
Novice - Brand new, just learning some of the tools. May need grids or need to trace. Use lots of references. Copies a lot of work to build skill set. This is all a bit overwhelming. You may trash a lot of stuff without uploading. You can get frustrated sometimes. If you don't use references, your work isn't as good as when you do.
Beginner - Know all the tools and good with some, getting better at them, ok with drawing, more time and experience needed to improve drawing skills. You never trace or use outline brushes. You use a lot of references. You are proud of some of your work and can see improvements in your skills. You may suffer creative blocks and times when drawing is hard but other times where it seems easier and can be surprised at your own results sometimes.
Intermediate - Great with tools, good on drawing skills. Some references for objects you've never done before. You create original works of art that don't resemble other works of art. Looking back at your earlier work, you can definitely see how much you've improved. Creative blocks bother you but not as much or as often as before. Some days you feel you can't draw a straight line. This is a normal process of learning.
Advanced - Fantastic with tools, advanced drawing skills.
Don't need references most of the time. Might look at a few pictures of objects you are going to do to get an idea, but don't use many references. You may be at a point where you want to hide your earliest works. You can't believe you actually posted some or most of them.
You are better at working through creative blocks and don't take as many breaks as you used to.
Pro - Quick, don't have to ever think about how to use the app -- can draw most things you have in mind. All your old work is hidden but you are starting to unhide them because your confidence is good and you think that if others can see your humble beginnings, it will give them hope that they too can improve. Creative blocks are not a problem - you are a professional and can work under pressure.
Super Hero - Tons of experience, rarely need references, could use the app in your sleep. You can sell your work and you often do. You work quickly and efficiently. You know how to work through creative blocks with ease.
These categories are not arbitrary. They are a very simplified representation of the learning process we all go through. Some have advanced drawing skills that were learned a long time ago but are new to digital art. Some are great at digital art and photo manipulation but need work on their drawing skills.
There is no judgment in these categories at all. I just explained them in simple terms to let you know what skill set you may need to do this tutorial.
We all start off not knowing how to do something at first. We all have our own journey in making art. We go through phases, we adjust our styles, we modify them, we go in new directions and may go up and down the categories as we try new ways of working with art and try completely new directions.
Step 1: Create your outline.
Step 2: Use the fill tool on a new layer with the use all layers option checked. You can use the colors I have provided or use your own.
Step 3: Hide outline layer, clean up any lines, use vector fill to expand areas or vector fill erase to refine edges.
Step 4: On a new layer, use Bristle brush to color each petal, adjusting size to the area you are coloring in. Use a slightly darker color around areas that would have a shadow from petals above. See example.
Step 5: Copy step 4 down onto new blank layer. Hide the original. This preserves step 4 in case you goof up on this step. Then, using bristle brush, add very thin darker line around bottom edges, the center of leaves, then blend blend blend blend blend until it's nice and smooth. Then use a thin fine line of highlight. See example.
(Optional) Step 6: Copy step 5 down to a new blank layer. Then use top copied layer and go to filter, then choose emboss. Use setting 1.5 on the top slider, 0 on the bottom. It should look like the example. You can use it as is or change layer properties - play around with layer settings like using hard light or soft light and play with opacity until you get the effect that most pleases you.
(Optional) Step 7: Add 2 blank layers on top of all. Add crack texture made by Pantalla 64 from community by using image load, then choose community backgrounds. This one is currently under most used. Then copy the texture down to the blank layer below.
Settings: Soft Light, 50% opacity on first one.
Then use transform on the 2nd one, rotate 180º (upside down)
And use layer settings the same as top: soft light, 50% opacity.
Use the smudge tool to gently smudge out areas of the lines on the cracked texture that are too dark and to break up areas of the lines that go off the petals. You don't want it to look like it's all one texture for the flower and background.
Step 8: On a blank layer at the bottom, create your background. Spend some time on the background. If you rush thorugh it and just slap a background together without much effort, it will be apparent that you did that and the entire sketch may end up looking like it's not quite finished. But, sometimes a simple solid color fill works well. Try a constrasting but complimentary color. Dark purple makes bright colors like orange and yellow "pop", for instance.
Step 9: Sign and upload your sketch. Viola.
I sincerely hope you find this tutorial useful. If you do, please let me know. I do these tutorials to help other artists like I was helped when I first joined Sketch Club.
I like the whole idea of paying it forward. This is my way of giving back to the community that gave me so much more than inspiration.
I am not paid or asked to do this. I do it for you. Truly.
If you try this out, feel free to paste a link to the sketch you made with the tutorial's help in comments.
If you create a sketch from this, it would be nice if you gave credit to the tutorial by providing a link to it in the sketch description. Thank you
I first made the Rose sketch, then created the tutorial. The finished sketch is here: http://app.sketchclub.com/sketch/10996552