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Pencil Sketching: How to Draw an Acorn

Learn how to draw an acorn with this easy step by step tutorial. The texture is perfect for some simple pencil sketching practice.

how to draw an acorn
Acorn drawing

Drawing doesn’t get more basic than just making a good old pencil drawing. No markers to add boldness, no colors to add interest. No, it’s all about capturing the shape of something, and then adding a hint of texture or shadows to imply something is either bumpy or smooth.

If you’d like your students to get more pencil drawing practice, then a simple acorn is a great vehicle for many reasons.

  1. It’s simple. Students know what one looks like without it being in front of them.
  2. The cap has a kind of pattern to it that is easy to replicate.
  3. It has just two basic textures, bumpy and smooth, which makes for great contrast.

In the end, the goal is for students to learn how to draw with three values: the medium gray they begin with, then the dark gray accents, and the places that are left just white. That’s plenty to focus on when you are just getting started.

how to draw an acorn
Preview of step by step Acorn tutorial
Acorn Coloring Page



Time needed: 35 minutes.

How to Draw an Acorn

  1. Draw a large U shape.

  2. Add the acorn cap.

  3. Draw the stem and bottom nub.

  4. Draw large V shapes across the top.

  5. Continue with similar V shapes.

  6. Finish with the smallest V shapes. Erase the curved cap line.

  7. Shade the Vs in the cap with medium gray pencil color.

  8. Fill in the acorn and stem with medium gray pencil color.

  9. Add darker gray shading on top, and soften the edges in between.

how to draw an acorn

3 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    Thank you for that feedback, I’ll see what I can do about more sketching projects.

  2. Kathleen Barbro

    Thank you Michael, I do have books with a collection of simple how to draws, but do you mean an ebook with more sketching like this?

  3. michael.sthwll641

    Please please do an e-book! I have bought books, courses and still trying one now which is so long winded and does not really make you feel like you are making progress at all. The girls really want to sketch properly, and there is nothing out there really that is not pompous really! This acorn is fabulous exactly what they need thank you!

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