still-life Drawing Tutorial

How to draw a photorealistic rose

A step by step procedure, detailing the process of drawing in a photorealistic manner.

Tutorial category: still-life  
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Tools used: Ratemydrawings Java Tool
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Adore You by beefcake619




Step 1

In the beginning you start with a blank canvas. SET your tools in position and plug in your tablet or hold you mouse firmly.


Step 2

Use the fill tool or brush aimlessly on the canvas until it is fully covered in an opaque color of your choosing.

Having a white canvas is intimidating.



Step 3

Next, find yourself a reference.

For this tutorial I have featured a rose.

NOTICE: You don't want to create a bad drawing from a bad quality photo. You want to create something that looks even better than the photo.


Step 4

Draw a simple sketch.

Do not over do it. Their is NO need to draw every pixelated detail.


Step 5

Begin coloring the background.

NOTICE: Drawing the background and working yourself forward, is the traditional way.

NOTICEII: Use the layers to your advantage.



Step 6

Next, you begin with color blocking.

Continuously look for the colors that match the reference and place blobs of that hue over the area.

NOTICE: You can use the layers to your advantage.

NOTICEII: This process will be a lot of trial and error, be sure to save your work.


Step 7

Continue with adding shades of color.

NOTICE: Find the darkest and brightest areas and fill them in first

NOTICEII: Layer each new color and begin blending.

NOTICEIII: Do not worry about details at this stage, focus on getting the color correct and the shading blended.


Step 8

At this step of the process you can begin to add details.

Details and subtle shading and highlighting will give your drawing a photorealistic image.

NOTICE: Having the background blurred will bring your main subject forward.

NOTICE11: Use the layers to your advantage.

NOTICEIII: The smudge tool is perfect for blending.


Step 9

Once satisfied, you can begin with adding your own playfulness to the image.

NOTICE: flip the drawing horizontal or vertically for a new perspective.

NOTICEII: Keep your layers and merge them only once your near completing the drawing.


Step 10

At last your at completion.

In my case, I decided to add drops of water for additive details. Don't be so hard on replicating the reference perfectly,

Add your own sense of style or creativity to the image.

NOTICE: Save to your computer. Save to the website.

NOTICEII: Give credit. Have fun.

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