I tried to use the pen tool, but I am not as good as using a simple pencil tool to draw the center of the rose. I made the outline with a 1 px hard brush. I am providing a SBS sequence to see how this beautiful rose was made.
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I continued drawing the surrounding petals to start forming the shape of the rose.
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The rose is formed. I will start adding the colors. For this rose I choose kinds of peach colors. I have a rose in the garden, it is called "Brandy" but the colors are darker in tone, so I decided to use not so dark colors.
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I took some ART class long ago, but still remember hos to use dark colors to begin the shadows, and from there to add lighter color to the top of the petals. So, I am starting with darker colors.
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For this, I filled the petals with more color, with a 50% transparency and a 9 to 13 size soft brush. I used the smudge tool carefully to blend the colors nicely.
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Continued filling more petals with color. As I said, it is better to work with transparent colors to begin with, and then add more color to the transparency, and blend them.
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Colors were blended the same way I did before. Just using the smudge tool.
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Same procedure, again, and again.
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The blending of the petals is almost done, and the rose is about to be finished.
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Here is the rose, now I will add a background and some leaves.
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Background is spraying some colors around, with a 300 size soft brush.
Leaves are same procedure as the blending of the rose petals.
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Here is the final image. The layer with the outlines was taken away to leave the rose by itself.