Lemons are yellow, oval citrus fruits with thick skin and fragrant, acidic juice that are typically cultivated in warm climates.
Lemons are also a good source of Vitamin C and can help control weight, prevent kidney stones, and provide many more health benefits.
The sweet and sour juice of the lemon can be added to a wide range of food and drinks. This is why it’s an all-time favorite fruit of many people.
We think drawing a lemon would be exciting mainly because of its aesthetic appearance and lively color.
We have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a lemon, made easier with 9 easy instructions and simple steps.
With the help of this guide, you can surely draw a lemon whether you’re a beginner or an expert in drawing.
Have fun and unleash your inner creativity!
How to Draw a Lemon – Let’s get started!
Try Out Some Other Lemon Themes For This Drawing
We’re about to begin this guide on how to draw a lemon, but we thought it would be fun to think of the many forms a lemon can take. You can then incorporate some of these into the drawing.
Lemons are used in many different foods and recipes, and this could be a good place to start. For one idea, many people may think of lemonade when they think of lemons.
That would be a great addition to the picture! Once you have created the lemon drawing, you could add a pitcher to the background and draw it filled with lemonade.
To highlight the fact that it is lemonade, it could have a segment of a lemon on top of the pitcher. Lemon flavor is common with many other things as well.
You will generally find a lemon flavor in any candy that features fruit flavors, so that would be another fun detail to add! You could draw some lemon flavored candy or perhaps some cookies with lemon cream.
If you work up an appetite drawing all of these lemon themed foods, then you could bring it into reality! It could be fun to choose a lemon themed food and then try to make it in real life with a friend or family member.
That way you will have a tasty treat to enjoy after working so hard on this lemon drawing. It would also give you something to use as a reference as you draw.
If you add any of these additional foods or elements, then you can bring them to life with different art tools, mediums and coloring techniques.
Now we would like to know what lemon flavored foods or treats you would like to add to this drawing!
Start by drawing a slightly diagonal oblong shape in the middle of your paper. This forms the shape of the lemon.
Make sure that the oblong shape will be drawn in the center by creating reference lines. Simply draw an intersecting horizontal and vertical line across your paper.
The point where the two lines meet marks the spot where you should draw the outline of the lemon’s shape.
Step 2 – Create an Outline of the Lemon’s Shape
Draw a curve at the top of the shape of the lemon. This creates the round bump at the top of the lemon.
Step 3 – Draw the Bump at the Bottom of the Lemon
Repeat the previous step. This time, however, the curve should be drawn right underneath the shape of the lemon. This forms the round bump at the bottom of the lemon.
Step 4 – Next, Polish Up the Shape of the Lemon
Refine the shape of the lemon by erasing the edge line of the lemon close to the bumps at the top and at the bottom.
This keeps the shape of the lemon neat and tidy, and most importantly, refined.
Step 5 – Afterwards, Draw the Stem of the Lemon
Draw a short, slightly curved vertical line right above the bump at the top of the lemon.
This forms the left side of the stem attached to the lemon.
Step 6 – Now, Finalize the Form of the Lemon
Draw another line parallel to the first line we drew in the previous step.
Then, close off the figure by drawing a short line connecting both upper endpoints of the lines we drew in the previous two steps. This completes the stem of the lemon.
At this point, the shape of the lemon as well as the stem should now be complete.
Step 7 – Draw a Single Leaf on the Left Side of the Stem
In this step, we will now be working on the leaves attached to the stem of the lemon.
Continue by drawing a sideways curved droplet figure on the left side of the stem that we previously drew. This forms the single leaf attached to the left side of the stem.
Step 8 – Draw Another Single Leaf on the Right Side
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side of the stem. This creates the single leaf attached to the right side of the stem.
After completing this step, there should now be two leaves: one on the left side and another one on the right side.
Step 9 – Now, Add Patterns on the Skin of the Lemon
Draw multiple shaded dots in various sizes on the bottom part of the lemon. This adds texture on the skin of the lemon, making it look realistic!
Make sure to scatter the dots all around the surface of the lemon to make it look natural!
There you have it—we’ve successfully drawn a lemon! Now, we’re finally on the most exciting part, which is choosing the colors and coloring the lemon!
As we all know, lemons are pale yellow in color and its stem and leaves are green. You can opt to color the lemon using its original colors or handpick a unique set of colors! Feel free to choose any color you like to create a unique lemon like no other way!
However you choose to color the lemon, we’re sure the colors will turn out beautifully!
Have fun playing with colors and watch as the lemon ultimately comes to life?
Do this to take your lemon drawing to the next level
We’re sure that these handy tips on making this lemon drawing better will not leave a sour taste in your mouth!
In this guide, we made it so that this lemon drawing would be fun and easy to create. After the steps, you have a great-looking lemon, but it is still possible to make it even better!
One suggestion would be to use an actual lemon as you draw, as that would help you to make it even more realistic. Using a real reference is always the best way to make a drawing even better.
Another way that you can take this lemon sketch to the next level is by adding some more fruit around it to create a proper still life.
You could draw apples, oranges, pears, grapes or any other fruit that you can think of.
If you were to do this, then you could repeat our last suggestion and use real fruits as references as well. That would make for such a pretty picture!
In this guide, we spoke about how you can beautifully color your drawing of a lemon. To take this further, we would also recommend that you use different art mediums for the colors.
It can also be fun to try out art mediums that you’ve never tried before, as you never know what might come of it!
You can also mix various mediums together to create a truly vibrant and interesting look to the colors and textures.
Finally, it would also be fun to draw a background setting for this lemon. For example, it could be hanging from a branch on a tree.
Or it could be sitting in a big basket of lemons that have been recently been plucked from a tree. These are just a few ideas, but we’re sure you can come up with even more!
You could also use some patterns and shapes in the background for a more stylistic look to the whole arrangement. We can’t wait to see what you choose for this wonderful picture!
Your Lemon Drawing is Complete!
Hopefully, you had an amazing time drawing a lemon with the help of this step-by-step drawing tutorial.
If you enjoyed drawing a lemon, then you might also be interested in drawing a watermelon! Check out our “How to Draw” catalog to explore many more exciting drawing tutorials of other fruits!
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Soon after you’re done drawing and coloring a lemon, make sure to show off your masterpiece! Take a photo of your colored drawing and share it on our Facebook page and on Pinterest.
Don’t be embarrassed to post your artwork! You’ve worked so hard for it, so we’re sure it looks impressive!
We are excited to see your realistic lemon drawing!