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Mushroom Drawing In 7 Easy Steps [Video + Illustrations]

Mushrooms are fascinating organisms that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw a mushroom, you’re in luck! In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a mushroom drawing in just seven simple steps. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or simply looking for a fun and creative activity, this tutorial is perfect for you.

Watch an Easy Video Tutorial on Mushroom Drawing

Before we dive into the step-by-step instructions, we have a video tutorial that you can follow along with. Gonçalo Lopes, the lead illustrator behind BIOWARS, has created an easy-to-follow video that demonstrates the entire mushroom drawing process. So grab your sketchpad and a pencil, and let’s get started!

Note: If you prefer illustrations, we’ve got you covered too. Keep reading for helpful illustrations at each step.

The Tools You Need for Mushroom Drawing

Before we begin, let’s make sure you have all the necessary tools for drawing a mushroom. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An H pencil: This pencil is ideal for sketching, as it leaves a light trace on the paper and allows for easy erasing.
  • An HB pencil: Use this pencil for adding soft shadows to your drawing.
  • A B pencil: This pencil is best for shading, as it leaves a darker trace on the paper.
  • A kneaded eraser: This type of eraser can be shaped to suit your needs and is great for precision erasing.
  • Lightly textured sketch paper: This paper has a soft surface, making it easy for your pencil to glide smoothly.

Feel free to use the tools you’re most comfortable with or try out new ones. The choice is yours!

How to Draw a Mushroom in 7 Steps

Now that you have your tools ready, let’s start drawing a mushroom. We’ll break it down into seven easy steps to make it more manageable. Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Draw the Caps

Using an H pencil, sketch the caps of the mushrooms. Remember, they can be spherical or umbrella-like in shape, so don’t worry about drawing perfectly rounded lines. The middle cap should be the largest, while the one on the right is about half the size of the middle cap, and the one on the left should be the smallest. Since we’re drawing the mushrooms from underneath, draw the underside of each cap as well. Imagine the ring-like part of a Portobello mushroom and draw a round line that covers about one-third of each cap.

Drawing mushroom caps is the starting point of drawing mushrooms.

Step 2: Draw the Stems

Using an H pencil, it’s time to give the mushrooms something to stand on. Draw the stems, also known as stalks, from the middle of the underside area and curve them in the opposite direction of the caps. Make sure the size of the stems is proportionate to the size of the caps.

Mushrooms with stems

Step 3: Draw the Rings

Some mushroom species have ring-like parts on their stems, called annulus. Draw the rings as collars that are slightly wider than the stems and ensure they cover the top quarter of the stems. To add detail, imagine a line connecting the rings to the underside edges of the stems. At the two points where the imaginary line and the underside circles would touch, draw short, outward-curved lines. Continue adding similar curved lines along the underside to add dimension and soften the edges of the caps.

Mushrooms with a ring-like structure added along the stems.

Step 4: Draw the Gills

Using an H pencil, draw the gills or lamellae on the inside of the caps. These thin, vertical lines serve to support the cap and disperse spores. While not all mushroom species have gills, we’ll add them to our drawing. Draw the gills as thin, curved lines that stretch from the stem to the edges of the cap’s underside.

Mushrooms with gills added to the underside.

Step 5: Add Details to the Rings, Stems, and Caps

Switch to an HB pencil and start adding details to your sketch to give it more texture. Add short, straight lines to the lower half of each ring to create a fiber-like texture. Remember to vary the size of the lines to add irregularity, as nature is full of imperfections. For the fibers at the top of the ring, draw them slightly curved to avoid sharp edges. Add similar curved lines along the stems to create a fiber-y texture. Darken the gills to make them stand out, as they receive little to no light. Lastly, add circles, dots, and curved lines to the caps to enhance their appearance and make them more interesting.

Mushroom sketches with details added to the caps.

Step 6: Shade Your Mushroom Drawing

Using a B pencil, it’s time to add shading to your mushroom drawing. Focus on creating a soft, natural shade. Darken the gills, rings, stems, and the edges of the caps, especially on the smaller mushrooms. This will create depth and highlight the size difference between the mushrooms.

Shaded sketch of three mushrooms.

Step 7: Finalize the Sketch

To complete your mushroom drawing, use HB and B pencils to add elements from nature surrounding the mushrooms. Draw grass around the stems and feel free to include rocks for added realism. Instead of drawing tiny grass blades, add larger spiky blades around the mushrooms. This will give the drawing a finished look.

A finished sketch of three mushrooms.

Finished Your Mushroom Drawing? Try These Next!

Congratulations on completing your mushroom drawing! We hope you had a great time learning this artistic skill. If you’re looking for more drawing tutorials, we have plenty to offer. Expand your artistry with the following tutorials:

  • How to draw a face, hands, ears, and hair.
  • How to draw different animals, such as dogs, cats, horses, and dragons.
  • How to draw anime faces and hair.

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A Recap on How to Draw a Mushroom Step-by-Step

To recap, all you need to draw a mushroom are a pencil, a piece of textured paper, an eraser, and some patience. Take your time and follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Draw the caps.
  2. Sketch the undersides of the caps.
  3. Add the stems.
  4. Draw the rings.
  5. Add the gills.
  6. Add details to the rings, stems, and caps.
  7. Shade the mushroom drawing.

And there you have it—a beautiful mushroom drawing! We’d love to see your finished artwork, so be sure to share it with us. Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed learning how to draw mushrooms. Happy drawing!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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