APPLE DRAWING: Draw an apple with a pencil [Video]

Apple drawing step by step guide

In this apple drawing tutorial, you’ll get complete step-by-step guide on how to draw an apple using an alternative hatching technique. Of course, there is again a video tutorial for the exercise.

Apple drawing video tutorial

This tutorial will show you the complete exercise and how to draw the apple step by step. The complete annotated version is available in the Learn to Draw course for beginners.

Apple still life gray
Apple still life gray (click to enlarge)

Here comes first the template for the apple drawing. Basically, before you start drawing, print out your template in black and white. You can then use this to identify the correct tonal values and then trace them even more easily.

If you still need a tutorial on how to customize your template accordingly, we have a suitable article and video for that as well.

As a drawing tool we use a 4B pencil in this exercise.

However, you can certainly do this technique with any drawing tool that draws a clear line on the paper.

Draw apple tutorial

In this tutorial, you’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to draw an apple using an alternative hatching method. you can then apply this method to any image.

1. Divide template into tone values

Print out the template or simply follow these instructions. First look at the template and separate the areas with similar gray values by individual strokes. This will give you a clue as to which areas you should draw in and how dark.

Divide template into different areas first
Divide template into different areas first
Use crosshatch
Use crosshatch

For the hatching we use relatively short strokes here and always draw about 5 to 8 strokes next to each other. To create dark areas, we use cross-hatching. So we draw several lines on top of each other at a slightly different angle (see picture).

2. Apple sketching

First, draw a sketch of the apple and capture only the proportions and shape.

Draw a sketch of the apple
Draw a sketch of the apple

In the template you have already divided the areas for the individual gray values. Now transfer these to your sketch with very light strokes.

Draw in areas for the gray values
Draw in areas for the gray values

Now you have a very good base for your apple drawing.

3. Draw contours of the apple

Now draw the contours of the apple. Use more pressure on your pencil to create very dark and thicker contour strokes here.

Draw contours of the apple
Draw contours of the apple

4. Draw the first hatches

Now draw the first area using the hatching technique shown. Try to use the direction of the individual strokes to map the shape of the apple. This gives the apple its three-dimensional shape in the drawing.

Apply first hatching layer
Apply first hatching layer

Stick to the areas from your sketch. Don’t forget to change the angle after every 5 to 8 short strokes. This is what makes the style shown here.

Fill first area with hatching
Fill first area with hatching

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5. Define the dark areas with cross-hatching

By adding a second layer of strokes, which you then draw in at different angles, you create a so-called cross-hatching.

Tip: Put a piece of paper under your wrist to avoid accidentally blurring the strokes you’ve made so far.

Crosshatch through a second layer
Crosshatch through a second layer

The darker the area in your template, the more strokes you have to draw on top of each other. Stay with the number of strokes and don’t change the length of them either.

More strokes for darker areas
More strokes for darker areas

In between, feel free to draw in more strokes at the transitions to soften them a bit.

Soften transitions
Soften transitions

6. Shadows and background

Now you can add some shadowto your drawing. It is best to draw this without a contour. Also use some light hatch strokes around the apple to suggest a background. This adds some depth to the drawing.

Draw background from apple
Draw background from apple

With this you have finished your drawing of an apple. Now take another template and try the style on them.

Finished drawing of an apple
Finished drawing of an apple

Continue drawing now with the course for beginners

You can also find the complete commented instructions for this tutorial in our Learn to Draw course for beginners. This course also includes a complete eBookand a very detailed video coursethat will help you get started right away.

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