How to Draw an Apple

In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw an apple. We’ll create two illustrations: one of a whole fruit and one of an apple cut in half.

How to Draw an Apple

How to Draw an Apple

Drawing an apple is an excellent opportunity to practice your shading skills. We’ll be using a graphite pencil and ink liners; these tools are a great choice for quick sketching exercises.

What You Will Need

  • an ink liner number 0.3
  • an ink liner number 0.1
  • an ink liner number 0.05
  • a graphite pencil (I recommend using an HB or B type)
  • a sheet of thick drawing paper

How to Draw an Apple

1. How to Draw an Apple

Step 1

I draw a rounded shape, using a graphite pencil. This shape doesn’t have to be perfectly symmetrical, so I make it taper towards the bottom.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 2

I slightly refine this shape and add a hollow with a stem.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 3

I add rounded ink hatches that repeat the contours of the apple. The 0.05 ink liner is an excellent tool for that.

I leave a thin line of the reflected light near the contour; without it, the shape will look flat.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 4

I add more hatches to the bottom part of the fruit, using the 0.05 liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 5

With the 0.05 liner, I create an additional layer of hatching that crosses the existing lines.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 6

I add some vertical hatches, using the 0.05 ink liner. Please note that the lines should conform to the contours of the object.

I also leave two spots of reflected light on the top of the apple.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 7

With the 0.05 liner, I accentuate the three-dimensional look of the apple, applying long hatches to its sides.

These lines are thicker, so it’s simple to increase the contrast in our drawing in no time.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 8

With the 0.1 liner, I continue working on the core shadows, adding groups of rounded hatches to the sides of the apple.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 9

I darken the lower part of the apple even more, applying thin, rounded hatches with the 0.05 ink liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 10

I tone down the highlights in the upper part of the object, using the 0.05 ink liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 11

With the 0.1 liner, I create a drop shadow under the apple.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 12

To make the texture of the apple more interesting, I add dots with the 0.3 liner in a random order.

How to Draw an Apple

2. How to Draw a Half of an Apple

Step 1

I draw a core line and add two halves of a distinctive apple-like form, using a graphite pencil. There is no need to make the shapes identical; let them be slightly different.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 2

I mark the skin of the apple and add a long shape for the stem.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 3

I refine the relief of the central part of the apple’s half.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 4

I add two seeds to the core of the apple. This pencil sketch is ready for inking!

How to Draw an Apple

Step 5

I outline the main contours of the objects, using the 0.3 ink liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 6

With the 0.3 liner, I add groups of short hatches to the stem and darken the seeds.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 7

I work on the central part of the apple, accentuating the shadows with groups of thin hatches. The 0.05 ink liner is a great tool for that.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 8

I add thin hatches to the inner boundary of the object, using the 0.05 ink liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 9

I work on the inner texture of the apple. I draw small circles and dots, using the 0.05 liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 10

As a finishing touch, I add some bigger dots to the apple’s texture, using the 0.3 liner.

How to Draw an Apple

Your Artwork Is Complete!

Congratulations! Now you know how to draw beautiful, realistic apples. I hope enjoyed both the process and the result!

How to Draw an Apple