How to Draw an Apple: The Easy Way

Learn how to draw an apple the easy way with this step-by-step tutorial.

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Supplies

Before start drawing your apple, you need to gather a few supplies. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. Make sure you have a good quality pencil so that your lines are nice and neat. Once you have your supplies, you are ready to start drawing!

Pencils

The supplies you’ll need for this tutorial are:
-2H pencil
-HB pencil
-2B pencil
-3B pencil
-4B pencil
-6B pencil (optional)
-Pencil sharpener
-Kneaded eraser (optional)
-Eraser

Paper

For this tutorial, we’re going to use a simple piece of white printer paper. Any type of pen or pencil can be used for drawing the apple. If you want a more finished look, you can use colored pencils, markers, or even crayons.

Erasers

If you want to take your drawing skills to the next level, you need to invest in a good eraser. A kneaded eraser is a soft, pliable eraser that can be molded into any shape. It’s perfect for delicate lines and small areas. A vinyl eraser is a firm eraser that works well on large areas. A gum eraser is similar to a kneaded eraser, but it’s not as messy. Erase pencil marks with light, consistent strokes. Pressing too hard will damage the paper.

Sketching the Apple

You will need only a piece of paper and a pencil to sketch an apple. This fruit is very easy to draw. Just follow the instructions step by step and you will succeed. The apple is a very universal fruit, so it can be found almost anywhere.

Draw a circle for the apple’s base

Use a light pencil to sketch a small circle for the apple’s base. This doesn’t have to be perfect–it can be wonky and irregular. Just make sure it’s pretty small, since apples are pretty small fruits.

Draw a stem coming out of the top of the apple

Now that you have the basic shape of the apple, it’s time to add some details. First, draw a stem coming out of the top of the apple. Make the stem about as long as the diameter of the apple. Then, add two leaves coming off of the stem on either side. The leaves can be any size or shape you like.

Draw leaves on the stem

Use a light green color to draw two leaves on the stem. Make the leaves slightly different sizes, and add Veins by drawing lines inside the leaves.

Shading the Apple

In this section, we’ll go over how to shade the apple. First, start with a light pencil strokes to get the basic shape of the apple. Next, start to darken the pencil strokes, adding more pressure as you go. Once you have the basic shape and shading of the apple, you can start to add details like the stem and leaves.

Begin by lightly shading the entire apple with a pencil

When you’re ready to start shading your apple, begin by lightly sketching in the overall shape with a pencil. Then, use a soft lead pencil to lightly shade the entire apple. Start with an HB or #2 pencil, and gradually darken the shading as you go. Remember to press lightly—you can always add more pencil if necessary, but it’s difficult to erase heavily shaded areas. After you’ve completed the initial shading, take a look at your drawing and decide where the light is coming from. This will help you determine which areas need to be darker and which should be left lighter. Use your pencil to add darker shading to the appropriate areas, again pressing lightly at first and then increasing the pressure as necessary. As you shade, vary the direction of your strokes to create different effects—downward strokes will create a softer look, while cross-hatching (drawing intersecting lines) will create a more textured appearance.

Add darker shading to the sides of the apple that are facing away from the light

As you can see in the image above, the side of the apple that is facing away from the light is darker than the side that is facing towards the light. To create this effect, we need to add some darker shading to the sides of the apple that are facing away from the light.

To do this, we can use a dark brown or black colored pencil to add some shading around the edges of the apple. We can also use a bit of shadowing under the apple to give it a more three-dimensional look.

Finish by adding highlights to the apple where the light is hitting it directly

Now that the basic shape of the apple is complete, it’s time to add some shading. This will give it a more realistic look and help it stand out from the background.

Start by adding a few darker streaks along the sides of the apple where the light is not hitting it directly. Then, using a lighter pencil, add some highlights to the apple where the light is hitting it directly.

Finally, erase any pencil lines that are still showing through. Your apple is now complete!

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