How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)

How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)

It's been a while since I've done a drawing tutorial...here is a classic.    This basket of fruit drawing is one that you can do over and over again in various combinations and mediums This drawing is easy for a 10-year-old, but challenging for ages 7 and under.

Here are some other drawing tutorials so you can start combining drawings:

Have Fun!!!

What you'll need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler or straight edge ( you can use the side of a piece of paper for the straight edge, or fold the paper in half)
  • Colored Pencils/Crayons/Markers
Did you Know:
Here are some interesting Thanksgiving facts I found on various websites:
  • The first Thanksgiving Day in America was on December 4, 1619. At that time, it was a fully religious thing. A group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation  on December 4, 1619 and their charter required that the day of their arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.
  • The first Thanksgiving Day with the American Indians was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621 by the Pilgrims together with 91 Indians. The Pilgrims first set foot at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first winter in Massachusetts was really bad and 46 out of the original 102 Pilgrims died. It is believed that the Indians helped the Pilgrims through that difficult period and without them, the Pilgrims would not have survived.
Tips
  • Draw with a very light touch - so light that when you erase, you can't see a mark. (test out a light touch before you begin drawing, by making a pencil mark and then try and erase)
  • The red lines are the part of the new drawing.
  • The dashes are what should be erased.
  • Place paper horizontal.  (Note horizontal is often used for peaceful scenes - hence, landscape; vertical is used for portraits)

How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)

This drawing I used color pencils. The shading is based on the pressure that I applied to the pencils...the harder I pressed the darker the color, and the lighter I pressed the lighter the color.  Give it a try!
How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)
Step 1:
  • Draw the basic shapes that you see in the fruit basket: square for the bucket/basket, circles/ovals for the fruits.
  • Remember to draw lightly so you can easily erase!
Points to Emphasize:

  • Look for the shapes in things, draw in the shapes first, then refine the drawing.  Example: Look at the grapes.  Grapes are probably the most difficult because in your mind you think about each shape of the grape as an oval/circle.  But what actually happens in real-life is the grapes overlap each other or a bug ate one, or one started deflating.  So, rarely will you see a full grape and rarely will you see a perfectly shaped grape.  
    • What these "imperfections" mean for you as the artist?  You do not have to be perfect!  God didn't make every single grape or orange or lemon the same exact shape and size! You have an "artistic license" to make it your own. :)

How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)


Step 2:
  • Start adding some shape to the apples, oranges, pears and grapes. 
  • Look at my drawing....how annoying are those grapes!!! All lined up in a row, all circles - DO NOT DO THAT, there is no perfect grape!!! :) Unless you are striving for Tessellation.  Tessellation is where you repeat the same pattern over and over again (like what you'd find in wallpaper). 
  • Add the table line.  Be sure to add the table line about 1/3rd of the page - do not add the line directly into the middle of the page.  By dividing the page into thirds, you are adding interest, if you cut the page in half by adding the table line you would literally cut the page int halves which would cut up the drawing/painting/art piece.  

Points to Emphasize:
  • Keep in mind the rule of thirds.  The rule of thirds is essentially dividing the horizontal axis and the vertical axis into 3 equal parts, resulting in 9 squares.  
  • Rule of Threes state that things are more engaging, satisfying and more effectively presented when using this rule of 3s. 
  • Take a look at your mantle or pages in a magazine - how many pieces are on the left side of the mantle and how many on the right side of the mantel?  Is it even or odd?  If you were to split the mantel in half - would there be an even number or odd number?
How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)
Step 3
  • Add the table cloth.  To do this, pick a point on the page to draw your table cloth lines.  This point is your "vanishing point". 
  • To create the lines on the table cloth, keep the edge of your ruler on the vanishing point. Then pivot your ruler to the left and draw a line, keep doing so at relatively equal distance until the end of the page. Do the same on the right side of the main line.
How to Draw a Basket of Fruit (ages 7 and Up)
Step 4
  • Add the details of the apple leaves, orange segmentation, and banana segmentation.


Then add color!!!

I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and explanations of 'vanishing point'.  Have fun!!!
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Stephanie Weaver

Grinning Like An Idiot: Create your Happiness. I'm a stay-at-home mom who doesn't 'stay' very well. I like to provide everyone with resources and ideas for crafts, painting and DIY!