My name is Derrick Rathgeber and I am a RoseArt Colored Pencil Artist.

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. As a child, I found myself using anything and everything to draw and doodle on. From receipts to brown grocery bags, nothing was off limits.  I was enamored with making artwork come to life. I am now 31 years old with four children, and art has become a large part of our lives. We enjoy creating things as a family. I use RoseArt colored pencils because they overlay and blend together like no other.

In this blog, I will teach you how to draw a Delicious Pink Lady Apple with RoseArt colored pencils. So, let’s get started shall we? All you need is a sheet of paper and these 10 RoseArt colored pencils: White, Golden Yellow, True Orange, Bronze Yellow, Celery, Cardinal Red, Cherry Red, Raspberry, Brown, and Black.

Step 1: If you are comfortable with your drawing skills, start off your picture by drawing the apple shape below with the brown colored pencil. Remember, your apple does not have to be a perfect shape because no apple is a perfect sphere.


Step 2: Using the Golden Yellow, make dark to light strokes outlining the shine. Start at the base of the stem and define the shape of the apple. This color will act as the base and guide for the rest of the colors to come. Next, use the Bronze Yellow and darken the yellow areas on the stem and the area around the stem. This will help blend into the green Celery color in the next step.

Tips: Use more pressure on the pencil at the edges and around the shine areas, then slowly raise the pencil up decreasing the pressure of the pencil.

Step 3: Using the Celery color, you will go over the Golden Yellow color on the top of the apple. Start from the base of the stem and create lines in arc shapes to the rim of the apple. Then, fill them in with the Celery green, covering a good area of the top of the apple, but leave some areas not covered with the green for the red to show through. Also add some Celery color to the stem as well.

Step 4: Now it’s time to set the base for rest of the apple. Using the True Orange color, we will start from the stem base and color the apple almost like a pumpkin. Fill in the top half of the apple leaving small empty spaces along the edge and along the base of the bottom. Keep a white strip-like area empty along the right side of the apple, as this will act as a reflective shine making the apple look more realistic.

Tip: References are great. If you have an apple at home shine a light on it to see how light shines and reflects so you can replicate this effect in your drawing.


Step 5: It’s time to watch your apple come to life. Use the Cardinal Red and cover the apple in nice even strokes with the apple from top to bottom and at a curve. Remember to leave the large shine in the center, and on the right of the apple clear. I like to rotate the paper so I can keep my hand still and move only the pencil across the paper. Once the apple is covered evenly, begin adding pressure (making darker pencil strokes), and coloring in areas darker near the edges and the top of the apple. Leave the area near the large shine spot lightened as shown in the picture.

Tip: Try to keep your pencil stokes in one direction. In this case, arc them downward creating the illusion of a round object. After you have covered the area, you can crosshatch to darken areas of the drawing.


Step 6: The candy apple red that makes you drool, that’s what we are going for. So let’s add the next layer of red. This time we are using Cherry Red to help fill in gaps, smoothen out our fruit, and generate a one-of-a kind look. Starting at the borders of the apple, we are going to go over the Cardinal Red with Cherry Red and start coloring towards the shine, lightening our strokes as you reach the shine spot. Also, get the top of the apple and overlay using the Cherry Red partially over the yellows and greens to pull it all together. When you are satisfied with the look of your apple, move on to the next layer of red in the next step. Yep that’s right – Three layers of red.

Step 7: This is the last layer of red I promise. Grab the Raspberry Red colored pencil and use heavy pressure along the areas you want to add shadows to. You can use the image as reference or use your gut. Get the areas close to the edges, and highlight the shine on the top near the stem. At this point, your apple will have a realistic shine and reflect the paper it is drawn on. As an option, also use this color to create a shadow underneath the apple. Remember where your light is coming from and color your shadow based on that. In this case, I have light coming from the rear and the front so the shadow is outlined as shown.

Tip: If your drawing doesn’t look like the image shown, do not worry. If I were to draw this again mine would look different too. Remember to enjoy yourself and take your time.


Step 8: It’s time to give your apple an earthy look, and finally give that stem some color. Reach for the Brown and fill in the stem from base to top leaving some green color. Remember to color with the stem shape, and for an extra measure of realism, sketch some harder lines. Next, add a layer of Brown across the entire apple and the shadow. Remember to leave the shines white. Adjust your pressure of your coloring pencil to the light or hard coloring pressure that you want. This gives the apple some more texture, and colors to capture the eye.

Tip: If you would like to color the apple with other colors you can use these techniques with most fruit and objects. Simple adjust your color palette, and have fun.

Step 9: We are now heading to the final touch ups. Get ahold of the Black pencil and we will finalize the shadows. Start off by coloring over the shadow on the floor underneath the apple. Once you are finished, start darkening the left side using the shines as a guide to where to stop. On the right side of the apple, you will start from the white strip and go from heavy pressure to light pressure as you meet in the middle. Then add some dark areas in the stem to show that the apple dips in. Once you are satisfied with your look, we will move on to the final step.

Tip: Black is your friend. With colored pencils you can cover other colors without making over shadowing them completely. If you need to go darker simply add another layer.

Step 10: And we are at the finish line! This step is probably one that most people don’t see coming. Go ahead and take the white pencil and start coloring over the entire apple. You will notice that as you color, the colors will not only lighten up but they will blend together and smoothen out. This is probably one of the greatest kept secrets, and now you know. The white colored pencil is probably the most important pencil in your collection.


Let us know what you think of this coloring “how to” activity in the comments below!

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