Pomegranates are unique, globe-shaped fruit. They are bright red in colour with a thick, short stem at the top. When cut a pomegranate open, you will see a deep red interior filled with small seeds suspended in a bright jellylike material. Pomegranates can be simple subjects for still life drawings and a great way to practice your perspective and technique, or they can also be cut in half to make a more challenging drawing. It is best to draw a pomegranate from a physical reference of the fruit, but you can also use a picture of a pomegranate.
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- Pomegranate or reference image
Obtain a pomegranate or a reference image of a pomegranate. Most grocery stores carry pomegranates in their produce sections -- however, they may be difficult to find in some seasons. Use a real pomegranate to create a realistic still life, but you can substitute a photograph from a book or the Internet. Draw the whole pomegranate or slice it in half to draw the deep red, seeded interior.
Draw the outline of the pomegranate. Pomegranates are spherical, though most contain bumps and imperfections. Observe the rounded shape and the way the light hits the top around the stem and reflects off the red parts of the fruit. Replicate this shape on your paper.
Draw the thick, short stem by mimicking the shape and placement of the real stem. If you halved your pomegranate, trace the outline of the thin, white rind as it appears on the interior of the real pomegranate. Draw the centre rind that divides the fruit in half. Observe the contrast of the rind to the deep red inside of the fruit and lightly shade the interior to mimic this.
Use the edge of your pencil to shade the pomegranate to appear three-dimensional. Observe the way the light reflects on the red body on the fruit and the shadow that the fruit creates. Mimic the shapes these shadows create by lightly brushing your pencil over their locations in your drawing.
Add the finishing details by drawing the small circles of the seeds if you halved your pomegranate, or drawing any bruising or imperfections of the exterior of the pomegranate. The deep red shading of the interior of the fruit can help define kernel-like shape of the many seeds.
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