How to Draw a Pumpkin Part 4 – Finish Shading the Pumpkin

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Intro

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 1

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 2

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 3

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 4

How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 5

Shade the Final Sections

Okay, pick up the HB pencil again for the next section. Before adding the first layer of shading, go down the middle of the section to lightly sketch an impression down the middle. Like some examples from earlier, this looks like possibly the start of a rib formation without actually being one. Then shade the rest of the section.


Start outlining the rib to the left with a 4B. Then put shading at the bottom of the section. Keep remembering to preserve some reflected light along the edges, even in all of the shadow areas. Afterward, go back up along the rib. Remember, this is one of those very deep ribs, so don’t be afraid to put some heavy tones along here. Touch up other areas of the pumpkin as needed.


With your HB, start tracing over the next rib and the final sections of the pumpkin. Make the next rib a bit darker, and keep the rib to the right of it lighter. Start putting some light tones near the top.


Lightly shade down the right side of the pumpkin. Although we didn’t put any preliminary guidelines to help us establish highlights on this side, there are some highlights from light sources on this side of the pumpkin that we should allow for. As you shade around the ribs and other linear marks, leave some light strips next to them. Continue adding darker tones. Switch back and forth between the HB and 4B as you add layers of shading and additional details.


Use a 4B pencil to go back over darker areas of the pumpkin. Look at your overall drawing so far and make sure that the lighter areas are at the upper left with a few highlights at the upper right side. Make sure the base of the pumpkin has the most shading. Add darker tones next to lighter tones as necessary to help them stand out. At the upper right highlight, use a kneaded eraser to help soften the edge of the outline.


Use an HB pencil to lightly shade the final sections at the top of the pumpkin. Use the 4B to go over the ribs. Like we did with the top on the other side of the stem, there isn’t too much detail needed here since there isn’t too much we can see.


Add Spots to the Pumpkin’s Skin

Now I’ll use my 4B to add some finishing touches to the pumpkin. I like to make highlights more visible by adding darker values immediately next to them. Now, we are almost finished with the pumpkin, but we mustn’t forget those spots that we mentioned earlier! The spots are dark compared to the rest of the skin tones, so we can keep using the 4B for them. I’ll start on the left sections and work my way to the right.


Continue to add spots and other markings. You can use the reference photo for guidance. You can also create some markings of your own that are not apparent in the reference, if you wish. Make big spots and small spots. Make light spots and dark spots. Vary the placement of your markings. By using a variety of sizes and values and placements, you add to the realism of your pumpkin drawing!


Add a few more spots, markings, shadows, and final touches to your pumpkin. That does it for the pumpkin itself, but we can take this drawing a step further and draw the shadow underneath the pumpkin. We’ll do that next.


How to Draw a Pumpkin – Part 5

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