How to Draw a Plum Step by Step

This tutorial shows how to draw a plum in six steps from 3/4 view. It includes illustrated examples along with quick and simple drawing tips.

Plum drawing step by step
Plum drawing step by step

Drawing a plum in 3/4 view (slightly turned to one side) is a good way to show off it’s shape. It’s also a fairly easy way to draw one.

Start the tutorial in pencil as you will need to erase parts of the plum in between some of the steps. You can outline it with a black/pen marker after you are done the line drawing portion of the tutorial.

Step 1 – Draw the Outline of the Plum

Plum outline drawing
Plum outline drawing

First draw the outline shape of the plum. It should be similar to an oval but with slightly pointier ends.

Step 2 – Draw the Split

Plum spit drawing
Plum spit drawing

To one side of the plum draw the split that plums tend to have. Start with a little curve near one of the “pointy” ends that then turns into a bigger curve going along it’s side and eventually merges into the outline.

Step 3 – Draw the Petiole

Plum petiole drawing
Plum petiole drawing

Sticking out from the little curve/indent draw the petiole (the part that attaches the plum to the branch). It should have a little bit of a thicker area on it’s very tip.

You will need to draw the petiole right over top of the outline of the plum so simply erase the little bit where they overlap afterwards.

Step 4 – Draw the Outline of the Leaf & the Midrib

Plum leaf drawing
Plum leaf drawing

From the tip of the petiole draw the outline of the leaf. Down it’s middle draw the midrib slightly thicker towards the base and narrower towards the tip.

In this case the leaf will overlap a small part of the plum so again simply draw it over top of the outline and then erase the part that should be hidden.

Step 5 – Add the Veins of the Leaf & Finish the Line Drawing

Plum line drawing
Plum line drawing

Finally to finish the line drawing add the veins along the leaf. These should curve from the base of the leaf upwards to it’s tip in smooth curves. Draw most of the veins will be directly opposite one another but also add a few that are misaligned. This will make the leaf look more natural.

After you add the veins go over the pencil lines of the entire drawing with a black pen or marker. Alternatively you can simply darken the lines by with a pencil as well.

Step 6 – Color the Plum

Plum drawing
Plum drawing

If you went over your lines with a marker/black pen wait a bit from them to dry so that you don’t accidentally smudge your drawing. Afterwards you can color the plum with markers, colored pencils or paints.

Make the plum itself a light purple and the leaf a yellow/green. To show that the plum has a smooth reflective surface leave a little white spot to one of the sides for the highlight (light reflecting from it). Make this oval in shape similar to the outline of the plum.

Alternatively you can also add the highlight in with a white correction pen after you color the plum.

Conclusion

Drawing a plum in 3/4 view is a good way to show it’s shape. Plums in general have fairly simple shapes making them fairly easy to draw, especially if you follow a step by step approach like the one suggested in this tutorial.

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