Summer is almost here; it's a perfect time for creating nature-inspired artworks. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw mushrooms of three different kinds from scratch.
We’ll be using a graphite pencil and ink liners—the tools that give an artist almost endless possibilities when it comes to quick and expressive sketching.
We’ll also explore various organic textures and learn how to depict them step by step.
What You Will Need
A graphite pencil (I recommend using an HB or B type).
A brush pen – a tool with a soft, flexible tip. My brush pen has an SB label; this means “soft brush.”
An ink liner of a medium size (S size equals 0.3 mm).
An ink liner of a small size (XS size equals 0.1 mm).
1. How to Draw the Toadstool Mushrooms
I draw a core line with light pencil lines and mark the bases of the mushrooms.
I add the rough shapes of the caps.
I refine the caps and the stems, making the lines less even and straight.
I mark the grass near the mushrooms. I also add a leaf in the foreground to make the composition more interesting and balanced.
It's time to start inking! I outline the contours with beautiful, varied lines, using the SB pen.
With the S ink liner, I draw the prominent elements on the mushrooms’ caps.
I draw the veins of the leaf and add the details to the mushrooms’ stems, using the S liner.
I draw separate blades of grass, using the S ink liner. Such details look great in sketchy style drawings.
With the XS liner, I add a rounded hatching to the caps to accent the three-dimensional look of the objects.
I also add the rounded hatching to the sides of the stems, using the XS ink liner.
I mark the dark places in the bottom part of the drawing, accentuating shadows in the grass with the groups of parallel hatches. The XS liner works perfectly for this task.
I add more ink strokes to the caps, using the XS ink liner.
I add hatches that are going from the core line of the leaf to its sides, using the XS liner.
With the XS ink liner, I increase the contrast of the mushrooms, adding rounded hatches to the sides of the caps.
I add groups of hatches in the bottom part of the drawing, using the XS liner. This simple trick creates an illusion of completeness; it seems as if we see a generic texture resembling grass blades in the foreground.
I also add small dots to the leaf.
As a final touch, I increase the contrast in my drawing and strengthen the shadows, using the S liner.
2. How to Draw the Chanterelle Mushrooms
With a graphite pencil, I draw curved core lines. They point in slightly different directions.
I draw the shapes of the mushrooms. A chanterelle has a thin stem and a wider cap.
I refine the upper parts of the mushrooms, adding the details under the cap and varying the shapes of the caps.
I mark the grass and add two small floral elements under the mushrooms.
With the SB pen, I outline the main contours of the drawing.
With the S ink liner, I mark the details of the mushrooms, covering the existing pencil lines.
I use the XS ink liner to mark the shady areas of the mushrooms’ caps.
I work on the stems, adding rounded hatches with the XS liner. The stems already look more three-dimensional.
I create an illusion of grass in the foreground of the drawing. Using the XS ink liner, I draw vertical lines that imitate the grass blades.
With the XS ink liner, I add more hatches and dots to the mushrooms, accenting the shady areas at the sides of the objects and under the caps.
A combination of lines and dots creates an illusion of a smooth organic texture.
I add dots to the upper parts of the caps, using the S liner. This simple yet effective technique helps to create a beautiful velvety texture.
With the S liner, I increase the contrast in my drawing, making the shadows look darker.
3. How to Draw a Boletus Mushroom
I draw the core line of the mushroom, using a graphite pencil. Then I add the rough shape of the cap.
I refine the shape of the mushroom, making the lines more irregular and organic.
I mark the details of the mushroom, such as small hollows and prominent areas. I also add several leaves and grass blades.
I outline the contours, using the SB pen.
With the S ink liner, I cover the pencil lines and add the details to my drawing.
With the XS ink liner, I add rounded hatches to the mushroom’s cap. This method of applying strokes helps to make the object look more three-dimensional.
I add vertical hatches to the stem, using the XS liner.
With the XS ink liner, I add groups of parallel hatches to create an illusion of grass that's located in the shadow of the mushroom.
With the S liner, I add dots to the mushroom, both the cap and the stem. Dotwork creates an effect of a beautiful organic texture.
I add rounded hatches to the sides of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner. The object becomes more contrasting and realistic.
I add even more thin hatches that repeat the contour of the mushroom, using the XS ink liner.
I work on the bottom part of the drawing, increasing the value and contrast in the shady places. The S liner is a perfect tool for this task.
Your Drawings Are Complete!
Congratulations! You’ve created three artworks depicting different kinds of mushrooms. I hope you enjoyed both the process and the result.
I wish you much success in drawing with ink and capturing the unique charm of summer nature!
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