20 Steps to Stunning Strawberries

Strawberries are as fascinating as they are sweet. (Did you know that each tiny “seed” on a strawberry’s surface is technically its own fruit?!) Whether you’re attracted to their vibrant red color, their mighty green crown, or their cute white flowers, we’re here to help you create your own stunning strawberry illustration.


Strawberry by Wendy Hollender (Purchase prints here)


Watch this video or scroll through this post for a step-by-step guide through the process of drawing a strawberry plant, complete with seeds, sepals, leaves, and even a cut section to showcase the fruit’s intricate details. Find all of the art supplies we recommend here.

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Discover all the juicy secrets behind drawing strawberries in this workshop. With drawing demos and confidence-boosting, constructive critiques, we’ll capture the mouthwatering magic of strawberries as we learn to draw their delectable details, from glistening highlights to the distinct textures of these sweet treats.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Draw a Strawberry

Remember, this tutorial is just one example of how to draw this sweet subject. We encourage you to find a real strawberry that inspires you to create your own unique composition. Let’s get started!


1: Sketch Seed Pattern


Start by studying the pattern created by the seeds on your strawberry. In graphite pencil, lightly sketch an outline of your strawberry with diagonal lines to indicate where the seeds will go. Set up your strawberry with the right light source and snap a photo for reference.


2: Practice Seeds and Watercolor Wash


Practice drawing the seeds to find your groove. Have fun experimenting with different techniques to capture the realistic texture

Use a colored pencil to draw the seeds within the pattern lines. Then, add a layer of watercolor wash to the strawberry. Be sure to avoid adding color where the bright highlights are!


3: Add Base Color and Shadows


Grab a red colored pencil and color around each seed, keeping the highlight areas bright. Start shading the shadow side of the strawberry with darker tones. Add watercolor to the sepals and stem.


4: Start Flower


Draw the beginnings of the flower using colored pencils and watercolor. This not only adds a charming touch to your composition, but also aids in educating your viewers about the life cycle of the strawberry plant.


5: Create Subtle Highlights


Leave some lighter areas a bit darker than your brightest highlights. Use an embossing tool to create these areas, then add more red pencil to make them pop.


6: Define Shadows


Shade the darker shadow side with a dark red-violet pencil. Emboss more in the dark areas to add depth.


7: Add Color to Shadows


Add embossed highlights on the shadow side. To deepen the red tones, use colored pencils such as Madder and Pale Geranium Lake.


8: Enhance Seed Details


Keep adding tones around the seeds in the middle of the strawberry. Use embossing to define the lighter areas.


9: Detail Sepals


Work on the sepals (those little green leaves) with green colored pencils. Use subtle embossing for the veins.


10: Add Color to Light Side


Continue coloring the lighter (left) side of the strawberry to make it look natural and vibrant.


11: Refine Highlights


Fill in the highlight areas to create a nice shimmer effect so that your highlights don’t look like empty spaces.


12: Start Cut Section


Draw a cut section of the strawberry using light layers of colored pencil to add another element to your composition. If you add the cross-section beneath the flower, it will add contrast behind the delicate white petals.


13: Add Colored Pencil to Cut Section


Continue layering colored pencil on the cut-open cross-section of your strawberry. Showcase the strawberry’s juicy interior.


14: Watercolor Cut Section


Apply watercolor to the cut-open fruit, so it will look even more delicious!


15: Add Details to Flower


Add details to the flower with watercolor and colored pencils. To add depth to your drawing, enhance the dark areas where the flower overlaps the cut fruit underneath.


16: Shade Cut Section


Add shading to the cut fruit section. Create a reflective highlight for a realistic touch. (Learn more about reflective highlights here.)


17: Draw Leaflets


With a dark sepia colored pencil, draw a group of leaflets, which are a distinctive feature of the strawberry plant. To add more depth to your composition, position the leaflets underneath other elements to create overlaps


18: Add Green Watercolor to Leaves


Apply green watercolor for lush and lively leaves.


19: Add Cast Shadows


Create cast shadows to give the illusion that your subjects are sitting on a surface, adding a three-dimensional feel. (Learn more about cast shadows here.)


20: Final Details


Add final watercolor details to the leaves, refining their texture and color. 


Strawberry by Wendy Hollender (Purchase prints here)


And voilà! You’ve created a stunning botanical illustration of a strawberry, capturing its beauty and complexity. Have fun and brighten the world with your creations!


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