How to Draw an Apple (For Beginners)

Throughout art history, still lives have been one of the most popular subjects and styles.

A typical example of this kind of art is the arrangement of some nonliving objects.

The objects most commonly used for this type of art are fruits and vegetables, and apples are often a part of them.

When you do it from memory, drawing an apple can be harder than you think!

Learn how to draw an apple step-by-step with some different easy methods!

How to Draw an Apple in Different Methods

Method 1:

Step 1: Draw two intersecting oval shapes

We won’t be starting on the final drawing of the apple until the end of this first step of our guide on how to draw an apple.

Using basic shapes as a guide before beginning on an image composed of specific shapes is helpful when drafting images.

Using a light pencil, draw the intersecting oval shapes in our reference image using the two intersecting oval shapes you can see.

Your drawing of apples will be much easier with these two ovals!

Step 2: Draw in the outline of your apple

Start by drawing the outline of your apple in this part of your drawing. Draw in the outline as seen in the reference picture we included in this method using the two ovals you drew in Step 1.

The final outline should still be done with a pencil, but you can go over it with a pen once you are satisfied.

If you have drawn the outline with a pen, you can erase the pencil lines beneath, but wait for the ink to dry completely before erasing, otherwise the ink might smudge.

Step 3: Draw a stem for your apple

From this step onwards, we shall continue adding some final details and elements to this guide on how to draw an apple.

The top of your apple will be attached to a stem in this step.

If you prefer, you can make the stem a bit smaller instead of replicating the one we have in our example.

Then you can progress to step 4 once you’re happy with the stem’s appearance.

Step 4: Add in a leaf for your apple

Here are a few more details to add to your apple drawing! Here we will draw a leaf for the apple.

You’ll put this on the right hand side of the stem from the previous step, so don’t worry if it looks bare now. Adding some details will follow next.

Step 5: Draw in some final details for your apple

The apple drawing already looks good, but you could add more details if you want!

This drawing could be improved with a few additions, and the creative ideas are endless.

You can show the reflection of light off the apple by having a worm come out of it to say hello or by using some white square shapes for a more subtle effect.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you could draw other fruits to make this a proper still-life! You could also draw some additional elements such as a plate for the apple to be on.

How would you spruce up this apple with fun details?

Step 6: Finish off your apple drawing with some color

Our apple drawing guide needs a few final details in the next step. As a final step, we added some details to the leaf we drew in step 4.

As soon as you finish the last details of your apple drawing, you can let your creativity run wild!

Last but not least, you get to add some color to your drawing, and there are many options available to you.

Our own example used a nice red color, and while that is one option, you have a lot of other options as well!

Method 2:

Step 1: Apple Basic Shape

Outline the apple’s overall shape with an outline. It will look like a circle here.

Step 2: Apple Sketch

Add some details to the apple such as its stem and its slight curves, based on the circle.

Step 3: Apple Shape Details

Add more details to the line drawing. Start shading afterward.

Light is coming from the left-hand side of the picture, slightly behind the apple. Consequently, it will be darker on its right side.

A drop shadow can also be used to make the apple appear as if it is on a surface.

Therefore, the shadow in this case would be cast to the right of the light source, facing the viewer.

As it goes farther out, the drop shadow will become darker and sort of dissolve.

Step 4: Apple Shading

Gradients from darker areas toward the light are a good way to refine your shading. You should also apply your strokes in such a way that they flow along the shape of the apple, as shown in the example.

Similarly, if the apple has color variations (as this one does) there may be lighter areas within the shades which are simply caused by the color of the apple and not the lighting.

The shaded and illuminated areas of the apple have to be balanced and this can add a lot of complexity to shading.  

In the case of an apple with red and green colors, the green in the shadows may still be lighter than the red in the light. Take this into consideration when shading.

Method 3:

Step 1: Draw a Basic Outline of the Apple

Lightly outline the apple’s shape with a pencil. The tops of Red Delicious apples tend to be wider than the bottoms, which develop bumps at their ends. Be careful when drawing them.

Step 2: Draw the “Indent” at the Top of the Apple

As an easy and quick step, draw an apple top with a wave-like shape.

Step 3: Draw the Stem

In the previous step you added an indent. Now draw the stem from that indent. Make the stem a bit thinner at the bottom and wider at the top. It should be smaller and thinner than the apple.

Step 4: Draw the Leaf

Start with the stem and draw the apple leaf’s outer shape. A leaf can be drawn as a spherical shape with two curves and as a petiole with two more curved lines in the middle.

Step 5: Finish the Line Drawing

Complete the line drawing of the leaf by adding some veins. Make smooth curves from the leaf’s midrib to its outer edge (but not touching). 

Instead of placing veins on opposite ends, try placing some in slightly different places. You will be able to create a more realistic leaf this way.

In order to darken the lines after you are done drawing your veins, you can either go over it with a black marker or pen.

Step 6: Color the Apple

Create an apple with red flesh, green leaves, and a brown stem for some very simple color.
Leave a small spot of white (light reflecting from the smooth surface of the apple) to show that the apple has a shiny surface.

Method 4:

Step 1: An apple can be drawn by first sketching a circle or rather a ball. To begin with, we encourage you to avoid pressing too hard on the pencil in the first stage. In this step, you should draw the basic outline of the fruit.

Step 2: Connect the fruit to a twig. Sketch two parallel lines that are slightly curved. Draw a cutting line for the branch’s tip. Your first sketch is complete.

To finish the apple sketch, you need to give it a more complete look.

Step 3: Just slightly narrower at the bottom than at the top of the apple. You should indent the fruit bottom and top with two smooth lines. There should be no jagged or uneven lines. Add a few smooth lines to the leaf.

Step 4: Create the leaf veins by erasing the guidelines. Smooth and clean each line with a darker color.

Your apple drawing should be complete if you did everything correctly. It might seem too simple to draw this fruit, so you could add shadows to it. This will enhance its volume.

Method 5:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Prang Crayons
  • Crayola Crayons

Step 1: Sketch a circle.

Step 2: Draw a curve and stem.

Step 3: Attached leaf.

Step 4: Draw details to leaf.

Conclusion

Although drawing an apple in the shape is fairly simple, shading one with color variations is more challenging.

A solid-colored apple with a fairly smooth shape might be easier to draw if you’re new to drawing and finding the shading part too challenging.

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