How to Draw A Harvest Pumpkin – Jacki Kellum Pencil Tutorial – Don’t Forget the Warts and Blemishes

When drawing or painting pumpkins, the first and most important thing to consider is that every pumpkin is different and that none of them are perfect. The stems are almost twisted and contorted

and almost every pumpkin has blemishes, scars, and warts, and the ridges do not fall around the fruit in perfect segments.

In short, the most important thing to note when drawing and painting pumpkins is that:

No Pumpkin Is Perfect.

If you want your paintings and drawings to be credible and to allow them to be expressive and to elicit emotion, you must render them as they are–warts and all.

Harvest Pumpkin – Jacki Kellum Graphite Pencil

The second thing to consider when drawing and painting anything–including a pumpkin– is where exactly does the light fall?

The light will not only affect the spherical nature of the pumpkin, but it will also affect how to render the vertical grooves.

Step 1 Sketch the Entire Object Lightly and Tentatively – Very Lightly. I begin my sketches with an HB pencil. Always Draw All Over the Area – Don’t Try to Finish One Area Before You Move to the Next.

Step 2: Begin to Add Shadows All Around the Object. I Use a 2B Pencil at this Stage, and I Make Diagonal Marks that Are Parallel Moving from Top Right to Bottom Left.,

Step 3: – Again, I Work All Around the Pumpkin, Increasing the Darkness More Than the Lightness.  I Work from Light to Dark. I Used a 4B Pencil for this Step.

Step 5: I Covered My Index Finger with a Paper Towel and Rubbed Some of the Dark Areas to Blend Them Slightly. Don’t Overdo This.

Step 6: Again, Don’t Over-Blend. I Don’t Like that Velvet Look that Some People Get by Over-Blending. After I Blend, I Use A WHite Eraser [Staedtler Mars Plastic White Eraser], and I Erase the Highlights Back Out.

Step 7: I Add the Darkest Darks with a 6B and an 8B Pencil. I Indicate a Horizon Line. Notice How the Shadows Immediately Beneath the Pumpkin Are Darker than They Become Farther Away from the Pumpkin,

Harvest Pumpkin – Jacki Kellum Graphite Pencil

I could have added more and more details to this drawing, and that would have made the pumpkin even more credible, but this is the way that a more complex drawing of a pumpkin would begin.

This is the Fourth Lesson of My Adult Art Classes Series. My main goal is to teach color and watercolor in those classes, but it is essential to understand gray values before you begin to render things in color.

 

 

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