How to Draw a Cupcake in Pencil

Skill Level : 1 Beginner

Medium : Pencil Drawing

Subject : Still Life

Tutor : Nolan Clark

Class Length : 1 hour 28 minutes

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Class Description

Often unusual items can make beautiful drawings. In this class we will do just that by drawing a fresh cupcake.

During this class you will learn:

1) How to quickly measure and draw basic shapes without any tools
2) How to quickly add a background, including straight edges like a table top
3) How to draw a cake effect
4) How to draw the cupcake holder and all it’s unusual folds
5) How to add depth with a realistic shadow

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Class Tutorial

Tone the background

In this lessons we are going to draw a cupcake.

To do that we are going to be doing some negative and positive drawing so it should be fun.  The wall behind the cupcake isn't white so we need to darken our paper.  Start off by scribbling a 6B pencil over a scrap piece of paper until it is covered in graphite.

Now use a soft piece of cloth to first pick up some of this graphite.  Then lay it down onto the drawing paper by rubbing gently.  Do this a few times until the background is the correct tonal value.  Don't worry about where the cupcake goes for now.

Create a spotlight effect

Notice that the corners of the background are darker so rub them a few times more to create a spotlight effect.  We may as well do the wood table at the same time rub on a few darker stripes to show the wood grain.  Use a ruler to get a nice sharp edge for the edge of the table.

Define the cupcake shape

We can now use an eraser to negatively draw out the shape of the cupcake.  Let's start getting some detail to the rounding and erase to show the texture.  I create the texture by erasing in a scribbling motion.

Draw the cake

Use a 4B pencil to scribble in the cracks and fruit.  Don't try draw anything specific, just roughly copy the tonal values.  Your brain will fill in the detail for you.  Continue to scribble in lighter and darker values until you are happy with the effect.

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Tone the paper cup

Now we can move on to the cup.  Start by rubbing on your shadows with your cloth to create darker tonal values.  Now use your eraser to negatively shade in the folds.

Draw the folds

Use a 4B pencil to darken the deepest folds.  The cupcake is looking pretty good already so lets start shading in the shadow on the table.

I make the shadow dark against the cupcake and lighter further away.

Refine the contrasts

To finish up this drawing make sure you have a good contrasts like by this fold in the cup and the curling under section of the cake.  And where the cupcake and background meet.

Final drawing

Nolan Clark

About Nolan Clark

Nolan Clark has been painting and drawing since 1996. He enjoys working in many mediums and styles, but realism is his favourite. He teaches drawing, painting as well as scratch board classes on the site.
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