Whether it’s a fall or Halloween drawing class, this step-by-step how-to draw a pumpkin drawing lesson will make the task simple. It’s not as difficult as it looks. You have to follow a few easy steps, and you’ll be able to draw a simple but realistic-looking pumpkin in no time. So, let’s get started!
Now that you know how to draw a pumpkin let’s learn how to color it! The traditional colors of Halloween are black, orange, and green. Of course, you can use any colors in pumpkin you like, but these are the most popular.
Step by Step Pumpkin Drawing
Step 1: Draw a Draft of Your Pumpkin
Start by drawing a simple, easy outline of your pumpkin. It doesn’t have to be perfect since you’ll be filling it in with color later. Just make sure that it’s roughly the right shape and size.
Step 2: Decrease Draft Opacity and Create a New Layer
Now that you have your basic outline reduce the draft layer’s opacity so you can see the lines underneath. Then create a new layer and start filling in the pumpkin’s details.
Step 3: Drag Layer 1 to the Top and Turn Opacity Up
When you’re drawn the details, drag layer 1 to the top, so it’s on top of all the other layers. Then turn the opacity up so you can see your pumpkin better.
Step 4: Create a New Layer and Apply a Clipping Mask to Add Depth
Take the orange color from before and make it a touch brighter. Then, using the Smokey Shader brush, paint in smoke!
Procreate’s clipping mask is one of my all-time favorite features! It ensures that whatever I’m doing on the layer I’ve selected will only impact the layer below it rather than other layers. So take your orange lighter and start adding highlights to the top left section of your pumpkin. If you’re using a guide, make sure it’s ready before you get started!
Darken your orange to add depth to those curved lines from our draft. Feel free to turn off your guideline once you’ve finished drawing your lines! Begin with a darker hue to add depth to your painting. Increase the brush size and make your orange even more intense. One last time, go over the curved lines!
Add a more severe line to the center of each line to enhance your brush size and give even more depth to the curved lines. From a distance, make these lines into a gradual shadow. Make sure to draw these lines out so that they’re not visible.
Step 5: Create a New Layer and Apply a Clipping Mask to Add Highlight
Select a brighter shade of orange and a highlight for the in-between spots of your darker lines. Because it’s more of a bellowing of light, not one that beams out towards us, there won’t be a solid thin line like the depth part!
Please change the color of your orange to a medium tone and begin shading it over the entire pumpkin. This will bring these features together with more and merge them, resulting in a less harsh effect.
You can now see what’s really standing out and what isn’t. Whatever you don’t feel is sticking out enough, go back and improve it!
To add more depth to my darker lines, I picked up the Powder Brush and decreased the layer’s opacity above it. Adding more depth to the pumpkin’s outer edges and less depth to its center lines will produce a more lifelike shadow.
I decided to add more depth to the pumpkin’s bottom and sides because I wanted my light source to be obvious. In addition, the roughness of its bottom demonstrates that the pumpkin has some gravity.
Pro Tip: no matter how dimple-y your strokes get, you can always erase them by pressing on the eraser and selecting the brush you’re working with.
Step 6: Create a New Layer and Apply a Clipping Mask to Add More Texture
Grab a brighter orange and add highlights to areas where light would hit. I used my highlight to blend with my shadows by combining it with the top of the pumpkin! Add even more illumination to your pumpkin’s top with a custom-made clipping mask. Change the opacity or turn it off entirely depending on how much light you want to show!
Whenever I do such things, I always arrive at this place and don’t like how it’s going. But, I promise you, you get up and walk around for a few minutes before coming back to enjoy it. You all need a fresh set of eyes when it comes to art!
Step 7: Create a New Layer and Draw Base of Stem
Grab a new brush (I’m using Lisa’s Pencil again!) and a neutral brown for this little job. Next, fill in the hollow on top of the pumpkin to create a foundation for your stem.
Make a jagged edge on the stem and paint it orange. You may make this any size you like! (This isn’t me shouting; I’m merely urging you to do so.)
Step 8: Create a New Layer and Apply a Clipping Mask
Choose a hue that’s more golden than brown for your bud, then add some light to the top of the stem with a lighter version of your brown. Soft Dough is the brush I’m using! Next, add depth and texture to the leafy stem on the other side and bottom by selecting a darker brown. It adds some life to the piece by adding this texture and depth!
Step 9: Create a New Layer and Select a Green Color
Create a new layer! Can you detect my affinity for layering? Choose a hue of green (I’m using Lisa’s Pencil) and draw your leaves. They should wrap around the stem and flow out. Are you sure you know what pumpkin leaves are supposed to look like? I’m not so sure. But, I’m all about it!
Simply use the Dodge Tool to remove some of the green from your image, then apply a clipping mask to the layer. I used the Greasy Sponge brush for this. To make the leaves appear more distressed, use a little saturation sandpaper. Add depth to the middle section of the leaves as well!
Step 10: Add Finishing Touches
You’re already familiar with me… I enjoy incorporating some texture in the background to liven things up! To finish your work, add any background noise that you believe looks best with it.
I adore the Double-ended Blender Brush, which can be used with liquid or cream foundations. I also enjoy the Coffee Granules and Sprinkles brushes in this set.
You can do several great things with the brushes in this set, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist. The blending and texturing abilities of these brushes will help you to create beautiful pieces that look realistic and stunning!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and I would love to see what you create with the brushes in this set!