How to Draw an Orange Step by Step

This tutorial shows how to draw an orange in four steps. It provides simple drawing examples with quick explanations for each of them.

Orange drawing step by step
Orange drawing step by step

In this example the orange is drawn from 3/4 view as it’s a good angle to show off it’s shape.

It’s recommended that you start the line drawing portion of the tutorial in pencil and switch to a black pen or marker after you are almost done.

Step 1 – Draw the Outline of the Orange

Orange outline drawing
Orange outline drawing

Begin the drawing with a simple outline of the oval shape of the orange. Try make it as symmetrical on both sides as well as the top and bottom as you can.

Step 2 – Draw the Pedicel & Wrinkles

Orange pedicel drawing
Orange pedicel drawing

To one side of the orange add the pedicel (the little green tip). Draw it with a star like shape where the tips of the star that are pointing more towards the viewer are slightly larger/longer. inside the start shape draw a little bump as shown in the example.

Going out from the pedicel add a few curved lines to give the orange some “wrinkles” that they often have around that area.

Step 3 – Draw the Texture & Finish the Line Drawing

Orange line drawing
Orange line drawing

At this stage you can go over the line drawing of the orange with either a black pen, marker or darker pencil lines. Afterwards you can also add a hint of it’s texture with some tiny curves that almost look like dots. Add these to the side opposite the pedicel going along the bottom right side of the orange (as shown in the example).

If you feel confident enough you can draw them in pen/marker right away. If you are not so sure that you will get them all in the right place on the first try then add them with pencil first.

Step 4 – Color the Orange

Orange drawing
Orange drawing

Color the orange with whatever you like (paints, colored pencils or markers). Obviously make the orange itself orange and make the pedicel green. However leave a few small white spots on the orange for the highlight (light reflecting from it’s shiny skin). Place the highlight just a little bit above the pedicel/wrinkles. The reason you want to have several of these white pots instead of just one big area is to emphasize the rough texture of it’s skin which will break up the highlight.

Alternatively you can also color in the entire orange and add the highlights in with a white correction pen if you happen to have one.

Conclusion

While drawing anything from 3/4 view usually tends to be more difficult than from one particular side in this case it’s not that hard. By adding just the right amount of details in the right places you can have a nice and fairly realistic looking orange that is not too time consuming to draw.

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