How to Draw a Mushroom

Summer is almost here; it’s a perfect time for creating nature-inspired artworks. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw mushrooms of three different kinds from scratch.

How to Draw a Mushroom

How to Draw a Mushroom

We’ll be using a graphite pencil and ink liners—the tools that give an artist almost endless possibilities when it comes to quick and expressive sketching.

We’ll also explore various organic textures and learn how to depict them step by step.

What You Will Need

  • A graphite pencil (I recommend using an HB or B type).
  • A brush pen – a tool with a soft, flexible tip. My brush pen has an SB label; this means “soft brush.”
  • An ink liner of a medium size (S size equals 0.3 mm).
  • An ink liner of a small size (XS size equals 0.1 mm).

How to Draw a Mushroom

1.How to Draw the ToadstoolMushrooms

Step 1

I draw a core line with light pencil lines and mark the bases of the mushrooms.

How to Draw a Mushroom

Step 2

I add the rough shapes of the caps.

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Step 3

I refine the caps and the stems, making the lines less even and straight.

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Step 4

I mark the grass near the mushrooms. I also add a leaf in the foreground to make the composition more interesting and balanced.

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Step 5

It’s time to start inking! I outline the contours with beautiful, varied lines, using the SB pen.

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Step 6

With the S ink liner, I draw the prominent elements on the mushrooms’ caps.

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Step 7

I draw the veins of the leaf and add the details to the mushrooms’ stems, using the S liner.

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Step 8

I draw separate blades of grass, using the Sink liner. Such details look great in sketchy style drawings.

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Step 9

With the XS liner, I add a rounded hatching to the caps to accent the three-dimensional look of the objects.

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Step 10

I also add the rounded hatching to the sides of the stems, using the XS inkliner.

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Step 11

I mark the dark places in the bottom part of the drawing, accentuating shadows in the grass with the groups of parallel hatches. The XSliner works perfectly for this task.

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Step 12

I add more ink strokes to the caps, using the XSink liner.

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Step 13

I add hatches that are going from the core line of the leaf to its sides, using the XS liner.

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Step 14

With the XSink liner, I increase the contrast of the mushrooms, adding rounded hatches to the sides of the caps.

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Step 15

I add groups of hatches in the bottom part of the drawing, using the XS liner. This simple trick creates an illusion of completeness; it seems as if we see a generic texture resembling grass blades in the foreground.

I also add small dots to the leaf.

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Step 16

As a final touch, I increase the contrast in my drawing and strengthen the shadows, using the S liner.

How to Draw a Mushroom

2.How to Draw the Chanterelle Mushrooms

Step 1

With a graphite pencil, I draw curved core lines. They point in slightly different directions.

How to Draw a Mushroom

Step 2

I draw the shapes of the mushrooms. A chanterelle has a thin stem and a wider cap.

How to Draw a Mushroom

Step 3

I refine the upper parts of the mushrooms, adding the details under the cap and varying the shapes of the caps.

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Step 4

I mark the grass and add two small floral elements under the mushrooms.

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Step 5

With the SB pen, I outline the main contours of the drawing.

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Step 6

With the Sink liner, I mark the details of the mushrooms, covering the existing pencil lines.

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Step 7

I use the XS ink liner to mark the shady areas of the mushrooms’ caps.

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Step 8

I work on the stems, adding rounded hatches with the XS liner. The stems already look more three-dimensional.

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Step 9

I create an illusion of grass in the foreground of the drawing. Using the XS ink liner, I draw vertical lines that imitate the grass blades.

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Step 10

With the XS ink liner, I add more hatches and dots to the mushrooms, accenting the shady areas at the sides of the objects and under the caps.

A combination of lines and dots creates an illusion of a smooth organic texture.

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Step 11

I add dots to the upper parts of the caps, using the S liner. This simple yet effective technique helps to create a beautiful velvety texture.

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Step 12

With the S liner, I increase the contrast in my drawing, making the shadows look darker.

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3.How to Draw a Boletus Mushroom

Step 1

I draw the core line of the mushroom, using a graphite pencil. Then I add the rough shape of the cap.

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Step 2

I refine the shape of the mushroom, making the lines more irregular and organic.

How to Draw a Mushroom

Step 3

I mark the details of the mushroom, such as small hollows and prominent areas. I also add several leaves and grass blades.

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Step 4

I outline the contours, using the SB pen.

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Step 5

With the S ink liner, I cover the pencil lines and add the details to my drawing.

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Step 6

With the XS ink liner, I add rounded hatches to the mushroom’s cap. This method of applying strokes helps to make the object look more three-dimensional.

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Step 7

I add vertical hatches to the stem, using the XS liner.

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Step 8

With the XS ink liner, I add groups of parallel hatches to create an illusion of grass that’s located in the shadow of the mushroom.

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Step 9

With the S liner, I add dots to the mushroom, both the cap and the stem. Dotwork creates an effect of a beautiful organic texture.

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Step 10

I add rounded hatches to the sides of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner. The object becomes more contrasting and realistic.

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Step 11

I add even more thin hatches that repeat the contour of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner.

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Step 12

I work on the bottom part of the drawing, increasing the value and contrast in the shady places. The S liner is a perfect tool for this task.

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Your Drawings Are Complete!

Congratulations! You’ve created three artworks depicting different kinds of mushrooms. I hope you enjoyed both the process and the result.

I wish you much success in drawing with ink and capturing the unique charm of summer nature!

How to Draw a Mushroom