Drawing an onion may seem challenging, but with these easy steps, even beginners can master this simple yet beautiful subject.
Materials You’ll Need
- Drawing paper
Step 1: Sketch the Basic Shape
Start with a light pencil and sketch the basic shape of an onion – a round sphere shape with lines extending downward and tapering off. You can also create a more unusual onion shape by sketching an oval, teardrop or cylinder form.
Step 2: Add the Details
Once you have the basic shape, it’s time to add the onion’s distinguishing features. Sketch a few coiled lines at the top of the onion, which represent the “roots” pointing upward. Add a few vertical lines that intersect the sphere shape where the onion layers will separate. Lightly sketch these to resemble pencil markings.
Step 3: Begin Sketching the Layers
Begin sketching the onion’s outer layers. You can do this by adding curved, vertical lines that flow down from the start of the onion’s shape to the bottom. Each layer should curve and bend delicately as it approaches the onion’s base to create a more natural appearance.
Step 4: Add Shadow and Depth
Use the side of your pencil to shade in the onion’s shape lightly. Add a darker shade to the bottom of each layer to create depth and shadow. Try creating a light source and imagine where the shadow would be based on the onion’s position. The light source should reflect on the opposite side.
Step 5: Add More Details
Now that you have the basic onion shape and shadow effects, it’s time to add some more intricate details. Sketch the folds between the layers to create a more realistic and organic onion appearance. Add a few cracks, or creases on the onion’s surface to give it a more sophisticated appearance.
Step 6: Erase the Unwanted Lines
Erase any visible unwanted lines, especially those guidelines, or so-called “skeleton” that was used to construct the shapes, to enhance the onion’s natural and organic appearance.
Step 7: Add More Depth and Definition
Use a blending tool to create smooth shading and enhance the onion’s depth. Use your pencil to re-define lines and shadows as needed. Use your eraser to soften some of the edges or lighten up effects.
Step 8: Finish with Final Details
Add the final details, such as dirt on the onion’s surface or even other vegetables and utensils to complete the picture. Add different elements to create a unique and captivating composition.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure that your pencil lines are light so that they can be easily erased or shaded.
- Start with a simple shape and gradually add layers and details.
- If you are having trouble imagining depth and shadows, use a reference picture or object to inspire you.
- Use sharp and light strokes to create texture and minimize smudging.
Drawing onions can be scary if you don’t know where to start, but with a little patience and practice, anyone can create a captivating and unique image. Start with a basic onion shape and then build up layers and detail, adding shadow, and other subtle elements to create an onion that looks eye-catching and unique.
1. How can I avoid smudging my drawing?
You can prevent smudging by keeping your hand away from the charcoal or pencil. You can also place a sheet of paper between your drawing hand and your paper.
2. What is the best angle for drawing an onion?
There isn’t a specific angle for drawing an onion. As long as the layers’ shapes and shadows are visible, you can draw the onion at any angle.
3. How can I create 3D shading on my onion drawing?
To create 3D shading, use darker shading on the parts of the onion that inflame the light source less. Lighten up and disperse the shading where the light shines.
4. Can I create an onion drawing in color?
Yes! You may work with colored pencils and experiment with different color combinations to make the onion look even more captivating.
5. How long does it take to draw an onion?
It depends on your drawing skills and how much detail you add. If you’re working on an onion drawing for the first time, expect to spend several hours refining your skill.
6. Is onion drawing only for professional artists?
Not at all! Anybody, regardless of their skill level, may practice and enhance their drawing skills with numerous resources available for beginners. All it takes is time, patience, and dedication.