How to Draw a Mushroom

Post pobrano z: How to Draw a Mushroom

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What You’ll Be Creating

Summer is almost here; it’s a perfect time for creating nature-inspired artworks. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw mushrooms of three different kinds from scratch.

We’ll be using a graphite pencil and ink liners—the tools that give an artist almost endless possibilities when it comes to quick and expressive sketching.

We’ll also explore various organic textures and learn how to depict them step by step.

What You Will Need

  • A graphite pencil (I recommend using an HB or B type).

  • A brush pen – a tool with a soft, flexible tip. My brush pen has an SB label; this means “soft brush.”

  • An ink liner of a medium size (S size equals 0.3 mm).

  • An ink liner of a small size (XS size equals 0.1 mm).

The art supplies I will be using

1. How to Draw the Toadstool Mushrooms

Step 1

I draw a core line with light pencil lines and mark the bases of the mushrooms. 

Drawing the core lines

Step 2

I add the rough shapes of the caps. 

Adding the shapes of the caps

Step 3

I refine the caps and the stems, making the lines less even and straight.

Refining the shapes of the mushrooms

Step 4

I mark the grass near the mushrooms. I also add a leaf in the foreground to make the composition more interesting and balanced.

Adding the floral elements to the bottom part of the drawing

Step 5

It’s time to start inking! I outline the contours with beautiful, varied lines, using the SB pen.

Creating the contours

Step 6

With the S ink liner, I draw the prominent elements on the mushrooms’ caps.

Drawing the small pimples on the caps

Step 7

I draw the veins of the leaf and add the details to the mushrooms’ stems, using the S liner.

Drawing the leaf and refining the stems

Step 8

I draw separate blades of grass, using the S ink liner. Such details look great in sketchy style drawings.

Drawing the grass blades

Step 9

With the XS liner, I add a rounded hatching to the caps to accent the three-dimensional look of the objects.

Adding the rounded hatches to the stams

Step 10

I also add the rounded hatching to the sides of the stems, using the XS ink liner.

Applying the contour hatching

Step 11

I mark the dark places in the bottom part of the drawing, accentuating shadows in the grass with the groups of parallel hatches. The XS liner works perfectly for this task.

Accenting the shadows in the grass

Step 12

I add more ink strokes to the caps, using the XS ink liner.

Drawing the cap

Step 13

I add hatches that are going from the core line of the leaf to its sides, using the XS liner.

Refining the leaf with hatching

Step 14

With the XS ink liner, I increase the contrast of the mushrooms, adding rounded hatches to the sides of the caps.

Making the caps more three-dimensional

Step 15

I add groups of hatches in the bottom part of the drawing, using the XS liner. This simple trick creates an illusion of completeness; it seems as if we see a generic texture resembling grass blades in the foreground.

I also add small dots to the leaf.

Working on the bottom part of the drawing

Step 16

As a final touch, I increase the contrast in my drawing and strengthen the shadows, using the S liner. 

Increasing the contrast with hatching

2. How to Draw the Chanterelle Mushrooms

Step 1

With a graphite pencil, I draw curved core lines. They point in slightly different directions.

Creating the core lines of the mushrooms

Step 2

I draw the shapes of the mushrooms. A chanterelle has a thin stem and a wider cap.

Adding the shapes of the mushrooms

Step 3

I refine the upper parts of the mushrooms, adding the details under the cap and varying the shapes of the caps.

Refining the caps of the mushrooms

Step 4

I mark the grass and add two small floral elements under the mushrooms.

Adding the floral elements

Step 5

With the SB pen, I outline the main contours of the drawing.

Creating the contours of the mushrooms

Step 6

With the S ink liner, I mark the details of the mushrooms, covering the existing pencil lines.

Adding the details with an ink liner

Step 7

I use the XS ink liner to mark the shady areas of the mushrooms’ caps.

Creating the shadows under the caps

Step 8

I work on the stems, adding rounded hatches with the XS liner. The stems already look more three-dimensional.

Appliying the contour hatching to the stems

Step 9

I create an illusion of grass in the foreground of the drawing. Using the XS ink liner, I draw vertical lines that imitate the grass blades.

Drawing the grass

Step 10

With the XS ink liner, I add more hatches and dots to the mushrooms, accenting the shady areas at the sides of the objects and under the caps.

A combination of lines and dots creates an illusion of a smooth organic texture.

Working on the texture of the mushrooms

Step 11

I add dots to the upper parts of the caps, using the S liner. This simple yet effective technique helps to create a beautiful velvety texture.

Drawing the upper parts of the caps

Step 12

With the S liner, I increase the contrast in my drawing, making the shadows look darker.

Final touches increasing the contrast

3. How to Draw a Boletus Mushroom

Step 1

I draw the core line of the mushroom, using a graphite pencil. Then I add the rough shape of the cap.

Marking the framework of the mushroom

Step 2

I refine the shape of the mushroom, making the lines more irregular and organic.

Refining the shape

Step 3

I mark the details of the mushroom, such as small hollows and prominent areas. I also add several leaves and grass blades.

Adding the details to the mushroom

Step 4

I outline the contours, using the SB pen.

Creating the contours with the brush pen

Step 5

With the S ink liner, I cover the pencil lines and add the details to my drawing.

Adding the smaller details of the drawing

Step 6

With the XS ink liner, I add rounded hatches to the mushroom’s cap. This method of applying strokes helps to make the object look more three-dimensional.

Applying the contour hatching

Step 7

I add vertical hatches to the stem, using the XS liner.

Working on the stem

Step 8

With the XS ink liner, I add groups of parallel hatches to create an illusion of grass that’s located in the shadow of the mushroom.

Creating the grass texture

Step 9

With the S liner, I add dots to the mushroom, both the cap and the stem. Dotwork creates an effect of a beautiful organic texture.

Adding the dotwork to the texture

Step 10

I add rounded hatches to the sides of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner. The object becomes more contrasting and realistic.

Adding more hatches to the mushroom

Step 11

I add even more thin hatches that repeat the contour of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner.

Working on the contrast and three-dimensional look of the boletus

Step 12

I work on the bottom part of the drawing, increasing the value and contrast in the shady places. The S liner is a perfect tool for this task.

Finishing the drawing

Your Drawings Are Complete!

Congratulations! You’ve created three artworks depicting different kinds of mushrooms. I hope you enjoyed both the process and the result.

I wish you much success in drawing with ink and capturing the unique charm of summer nature! 

How to Draw a Mushroom Tutorial