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Chalk Pastel Apples

Learn how to draw an apple with dimension, by adding a little shadow and a little highlight. It’s easier than you may think.

how to draw an apple

Chalk pastels can create some amazing color, but they are the hardest thing to try to control. My recommendation is to try to control them as little as possible.

I’ve tried them in dozens of projects, and keep coming back to the fact that they do best with super simple, super large, very uncomplicated shapes. These apples worked out gloriously well, if you ask me, and making them on brightly colored card stock boosted the color and was more forgiving of smudges.

MATERIALS

Colored paper, I used Recollections card stock in Navy and Purple*
• Black oil pastel
• Chalk pastels

*The above product link is a referral. If you click through and take action, I’ll be compensated a small amount, at no extra expense to you.

DIRECTIONS
1. Draw an apple that FILLS one sheet of paper.
2. Trace it with a black oil pastel.
3. Trace it again to make a very thick line. This will help keep the chalk dust from spreading to the background, or at least minimize it.
4. Take a white chalk pastel and color in a oval or squarish shape near the top left corner to make a highlight. Blend it in so it is smooth and has fuzzy edges.
5. Choose your main apple color and gently fill the apple, coloring around the white highlight. Blend the highlight edges so they are soft and fuzzy and blend into the main color.
6. Gently rub some brown chalk pastel on the right side of the apple. Smooth with your fingers to blend in the color.

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