How to draw an apple – Step by step tutorial – Prismacolor pencils.
Today i am going to do a tutorial on drawing
an apple. I used prismacolor premier pencils for the drawing. and its done on a canson
medium grained paper. Also i am gonna be demonstrating the use of baby oil as a blender in this tutorial.
I am starting off by blocking some areas with the color crimson red. The apple here is crimson
red colored so we will use crimson red for the mid tones. and for the sadows i will use
some reddish browns and dark brown and for the highlights i will use different shades
of pink. This apple has a big highlted area on the top and the bottom half is completely
away from the light. So we only have thin area of midtone in between. This high contrast
makes the apple look shiny. the mid tone and the shadows are usually blended
well together. But the highlights and the midtones has a sharp demarkation in between.
So i am making a thin layer of crimson red towards the shadow area and i will blend it
with the shadow colors later. Now i am using different shades of pink for
the highlight. i will use the darker pinks towards the periphery and lighter towards
the centre. Notice that i am blending each shades into one another so there wont be any
noticeable demarkations between them. Now i am going to one of the shadow colors
that is tuscan red. Most of the shadow part is drawn using tuscan red, but for some really
dark areas i will use an additional layer of dark umber. This apple is sitting on a
surface obviously so some of the shadow areas towards that surface will get reflected light
from the floor. So we will have to make those areas a bit lighter. But still it should be
darker than the mid tone. These reflected light helps to give the apple a 3d shape.
Right now i am avoiding drawing over the reflected light area. i am concentrating more on the
actural shadow part. I am adding a few more layers of crimson red for the shadow and i
will add a thin layer of dark umber towards the bottom.
Now i am drawing the reflected part and to make it lighter than the shadow i will add
an initial layer of pink and then i will use crimson red and tuscan red on top of that.
try blending different colors until you are satisfied. But make sure its lighter than
the shadow but darker than the midtone. i am finishing the upper part of the apple
by using some flesh tones and yellows. then i will add a few more layers of colors untill
i am satisfied. even after finishing the drawing the surface looks very grainy. this is due
to the soft nature of prismacolor pencils. So to avoid this grainy look we either have
to burnish the drawing with a lighter colored pencil like i have done in the lavender rose
tutorial, or we can use a solvent to blend. Here i am going to use a solvent because that
will make the colors richer. This is benificial in this drawing because apples are richly
colored. I am going to use baby oil as a solvent. This
has a pleasant smell and since this is viscous it gives a bit more control over blending.
I will dip a flat synthetic brush in the oil and then wipe off the excess with a paper
towel. Then use the brush to blend the colors. Care must be taken not to apply oil excessively.
this will ruin the paper and the drawing. So as you can see the drawing blends beautifully
with baby oil. You must draw sufficient layers before applying the oil otherwise the result
would be horrible. You can always go over the blended area with
colored pencils again. notice that i am further defining the shadows with colored pencils
even after blending. with an electric eraser i am making some patterns
over the apple skin. this helps to make it even more realistic. We dont want this dots
to be this much white so i will use the same brush to blend it to the nearby color. So
it wont stand out. If you dont have an electric eraser just use a white or light yellow pencils.
I am drawing the stalk by using some browns and dark umber. For the leaf i will use different
shades of green. for the under surface i am using yellowish greens such as chartreuse
and apple green. and for the upper surface i am using dark green and for the highlight
i am using a mix of true green and white. I will blend all together with baby oil later.
Now i am using a white gel pen for drawing the veins over the leaf and some fine details
on apple. For the cast shadow i am using the dry brush technique with oil colors. because
Getting a smooth shadow with colored pencils is really difficult . Thus the drawing is complete. Thank you for
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