Realistic Mushroom Drawing in Pencil

You might be surprised to know that I used my watercolour method when I made this realistic mushroom drawing in graphite pencil.

Even though I didn’t use a drop of water, or any colour at all.

If you’re familiar with my painting method, you’ll know that it’s all about working in layers and building up tone gradually.

And as I show you in this mini class, the process when working in graphite pencil is no different.

When I demonstrate this pencil layering process with a botanical mushroom drawing, you’ll see that it goes through all the same stages as a painting in my watercolour method.

I really hope this video has inspired you to reach for a pencil and some paper to have a go at this yourself.

The best thing about this is that you don’t need any paints, brushes or special equipment to just have a go. 

All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. 

If you enjoy drawing yours and want to have more fun with fungi, have a look at this class where I show you how to paint mushrooms using watercolour.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve enjoyed this 3D mushroom drawing in pencil class. I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’ve had a go at the layering process in pencil.

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  1. carol staines on November 1, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    really like this video, Anna……it helped me grasp the logic of your method.

  2. Johanna on November 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Lovely and helpful video . Thank you so much !

  3. Janice on November 1, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I enjoyed watching the process that you go through and definitely learned something today

  4. Hazel on November 1, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    cool Anna thanks for sharing

  5. Robyn on November 1, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I enjoyed spending today’s sketching time with you. My mushroom does not look like yours, but I figure I just need to make a few more to practice getting the tones right.

  6. Paul Morris on November 1, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you Anna! You’re amazing and inspiring! I hope to try drawing this mushroom sometime soon, its clearly well explained. Can’t wait!!!
    God bless you

  7. Wan Yang on November 1, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Anna,,
    It is really a fantastic learning experience,I enjoy it! Thank you so much for your endeavor.

  8. Annie J. Mathew on November 2, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Hi Anna
    Enjoyed your video and it was truly inspiring and motivating to me.. Will definitely try this method..Please do post more of these pencil drawings . God bless your talents

  9. Sue Farmer on November 2, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Anna,
    After several years of your watercolour classes and filling the walls of my house as well as that of friends, I was ready for something new and pencil drawing has gripped me. However, I struggled with the decisions on tones! Relating it to the watercolour lessons is something I had never thought of – thank you, I will certainly give it a try!

  10. mandy on November 2, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    You are a treasure Anna. I am presently dealing with ‘writer’s cramp’, but hope to be able to overcome it. Then I will launch into drawing mushrooms! Thankyou for your generous sharing, your short tutorials give me a lift and encouragement not to give in.

  11. Linda South on November 2, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Anna Drawing! Yes please! I look forward to the launch of your drawing classes!

  12. Carolyn Pettie on November 3, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Carolyn Pettie
    Thank you Anna ! Beautiful demonstration of a pencil drawing of a mushroom! I hope to follow along with the video soon.
    I’m very happy you are giving these mini lessons.
    You are among the very best!

  13. vicky ogden on November 3, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Thank you for your tutorial, I`ve just ha a go sketching this mushroom, maybe next time I will o better. Lol. Will show it on your facebook page I have joined.

    Kind regards Vicky.

  14. Adele Fenwick on November 3, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    HiAnna, had a go at drawing the mushroom, freehand too, & really enjoyed it! Thank you Adele

  15. Michelle on January 3, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for adding this to your courses. Wish it were taught this way to young children so they never got it in their heads that they couldn’t draw. I will be passing this along to my grandchildren. Making the world a more beautiful place, one mind at a time 🙂 Happy New Year!

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