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How to Draw Realistic Grass That’s Ready to Be Seen

Grass, a seemingly simple plant, can pose a challenge when it comes to drawing it realistically. While drawing a single blade of grass may be straightforward, capturing the essence of a patch or field of grass requires a different approach. As a beginner, this task can be especially daunting.

If you find yourself struggling to draw grass in a lifelike manner, fear not! This tutorial will provide you with the guidance and confidence to master the art of drawing realistic grass.

Materials Used in This Tutorial

Before we begin, let’s gather the materials we’ll need for this drawing. If you don’t have all of these items, don’t worry. A regular pencil and eraser will suffice as long as you get started. However, if you’d like to purchase the materials, you can find them at your local art store or use the links below.

  • 2H, HB, and 2B graphite pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Kneaded eraser

Video Tutorial: Mastering Realistic Grass

To provide a comprehensive learning experience, I’ve created a full-length video tutorial exclusively for members of the Let’s Draw Today Club. This tutorial demonstrates my step-by-step process for drawing realistic grass, offering in-depth explanations at every stage. If you’re interested, you can access the complete video tutorial and more by using one of the links provided below.

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Drawing the Initial Blades of Grass

To begin drawing realistic grass, the first step is relatively straightforward. Start by sketching lines that resemble individual blades of grass. In this example, I’m using an HB pencil. Just as you would draw hair, follow the natural direction of grass growth. To create a tapered effect, start from the bottom and make an upstroke, with the base slightly wider than the tip. Alternatively, you can incorporate both upstrokes and downstrokes.

Next, draw a few more blades of grass in the opposite direction, varying their lengths. Experiment with drawing some blades close together and others spaced farther apart.

Now, add additional blades to the previously drawn row, maintaining similar heights and orientations. Remember, layering is crucial to achieving realistic grass.

Building Layers for a Fuller Grass Effect

Let’s move on to drawing a second row of grass blades. In this example, I’ve added a few sprigs on the left side. While the term “row” is used loosely here, by the end of the process, the distinction between rows will disappear.

Continue sketching the second row of grass blades in a manner similar to the first. Keep your pencil strokes loose and light; an overhand grip can help achieve this effect.

Repeat the process with a third row of grass blades in the foreground. Don’t worry if your marks overlap; this will contribute to the realism.

Now, carefully layer additional blades over the entire grass area you’ve drawn so far. Remember, the key to realistic grass lies in building up layers.

Adding Shade Between and Around the Grass Blades

Let’s add depth and dimension to our grass by incorporating light and dark values. Look for areas between the blades of grass where shadows naturally occur, and shade these sections accordingly. The image below illustrates this process.

Continue shading between the grass blades to create darker areas. Don’t worry about outlining each individual blade perfectly; instead, focus on shading along their paths while maintaining loose and sketchy strokes.

Switch to a 2B pencil to further develop the shadows. Begin shading the area closest to the ground, gradually working your way up. Remember to concentrate on shading between the lighter blades of grass. The lower portion of the grass should have the most shadow, as it receives less light.

Continue shading the grass above the ground, paying attention to the negative space between the blades. While not every blade needs to stand out individually, try to isolate a few by shading directly next to them. This technique will give the illusion of a collection of grass without having to draw each blade separately.

Enhancing Highlights in the Grass

With the extensive layering process, you may have inadvertently covered some of the highlighted areas in the grass. To rectify this, use the wedge edge of a kneaded eraser to gently lift out highlights. Look for faint areas of highlights and make them brighter with an upward sweeping motion. As you work, reshape the eraser to create a fresh edge with minimal graphite residue. This will facilitate lifting new grass highlights.

Adding Finishing Touches for Realism

Using a 2H or HB pencil, refine the areas where highlights were lifted. Focus on reshaping and defining these areas, making certain blades stand out. You can also add a few thin blades here and there using swift upstrokes of your pencil.

Alternate between the HB and 2B pencils to shade and shape the negative space around the grass blades, creating the desired thickness and volume. Use the 2B pencil to apply final layers of shadow between the grass blades, especially near the base where they meet the ground.

To ensure a clean finish, use a kneaded or regular eraser to remove any smudges from the paper, particularly at the bottom of the grass or around it. Although we’re stopping here for the purpose of this tutorial, feel free to continue if you wish. After all, in nature, grass doesn’t abruptly end.

And there you have it—your guide to drawing realistic grass!

Tutorial Recap

For a quick visual summary of the tutorial, refer to the image below. It provides a step-by-step progression summary, demonstrating how to draw realistic grass.

Tips for Your Next Realistic Grass Drawing

Here are a few key takeaways from this tutorial:

  • Keep your pencil strokes loose and light, particularly in the initial stages.
  • Draw markings that resemble the growth patterns of real grass blades, using upstrokes or a combination of up-and-down motions.
  • Gradually build up layers of overlapping marks to create a dense grassy area.
  • Focus on shading the negative space between the blades of grass rather than individually drawing each blade. This technique is showcased in other tutorials, such as the foreground grass in a waterfall drawing.
  • Apply these tips to draw grass in various contexts, such as plants surrounded by grass, animals in grassy habitats, or grass in different landscapes.


I hope this tutorial has made drawing realistic grass a little less daunting and even inspired you to share your creations. If you need additional guidance, remember that the full video version of this tutorial is available exclusively in the member area of the Let’s Draw Today Club.

Keep practicing, and soon enough, drawing grass will become second nature to you.

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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