Realistic Pear Drawing

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We know your kids need breaks during their virtual school days so professional artist Elida Field joined us to share an idea that will get their creative juices flowing!

Realistic Pear Drawing

Apples and pears are in abundance this season and not only are they delicious but they are also some of the most beautiful fruit to draw and paint. You don’t need a lot of fancy supplies -- just a pencil and paper! Once you learn some shading techniques, you’ll be able to create a still life so realistic you could almost pick it up off the paper and eat it!

Materials List:

~any sized paper (I am using 11”x14” mixed media paper)

~#2 pencil

Optional: Ebony pencil and rubber eraser

How to create a realistic pear

1.Before drawing out your pear, first practice different shading techniques such as cross hatching, hatching, stippling, scumbling, and smudging. Then make a graph, with boxes marked #1-#10 and start filling in those boxes with #1 being the darkest and #10 being completely light.

2.Begin to draw out your pear by making a larger circle for the base and a smaller, slightly angled circle on the top. Connect the two circles together with curved lines on both sides.

3.Draw a little curved line out of the middle of the top circle for the stem. Angle that line and draw a parallel line back down.

4.Identify where your light source is coming from. For this drawing, we are making the light source come from the right. Start at the bottom left of the pear and begin shading dark around the base and along the edge moving your way up. Continue darkening along the bottom of the stem.

5.You can practice using different shading techniques and keep moving from dark to light as you work your way across the pear to the right.

6.The pear should be the darkest, shaded at #1 at the bottom and lightest (like an #8 or #9) at the top and to the right.

7.Below the pear and to the left create a shadow by drawing a curved line. Make the shadow very dark at the base of the pear and fade out lighter as it moves away.

8.Use your fingers to blend and smudge the different tones together. You may need to make a few layers before achieving the texture and tones that you are happy with.

9.At the very end, use your rubber eraser to erase highlights on the right side of the pear where the sun would hit. Usually highlights are at the highest point of something that is closest to the sun. You can also add highlights on the stem as well. Then blend out any hard edges with your finger.

You got it! Practice now, using the same techniques to make an apple or other fruit. This is a great exercise to try with the whole familyyou can even make random shapes and just practice different styles of shading. It’s a great stress reducer and also so rewarding to see things be transformed into 3 dimensional figures.

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