How to Draw a Lemon

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"Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet,
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat!"
- "Lemon Tree" by Peter, Paul, and Mary, 1962

Lemons are a popular tropical citrus fruit used to make lemonade, pies, and to flavor beverages such as tea. They are known for their sour taste. Lemons have been cultivated and used by humans for over 1,000 years.

Did you know? The sections of any citrus fruit, such as lemons and oranges, are called "supremes" if separated and removed from both peel and membrane. In some languages, such as Spanish, the same word is used for both lemons and limes. The two fruits are distinguished only by their colors - limon amarillo, or yellow lemons, and limon verde, or green lemons.

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Lemons have occurred in paintings and other artwork for centuries, notably in still lifes alongside other types of fruit. Lemons feature in modern art designs that are used on clothing, accessories, home decor, and school supplies. The popular Shopkins toy line also features several lemon themed characters, including Pippa Lemon and Sour Lemon.

Would you like to draw a sliced lemon? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your drawing using markers, crayons, or colored pencils.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Lemon

How to Draw Lemon: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing an oval, slanted diagonally. This will form the round inside of the cut lemon.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 2

2. Draw a long, curved line, beginning on one side of the lemon, passing under it, and connecting on the opposite side. This forms the outer peel of the cut lemon.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 3

3. Draw an irregular shape behind the lemon. Draw a curved line upward from the sliced lemon, connect a short curved line, then use a long curved line to enclose the rest of the shape. At the protuberance caused by the joining of the lines, add a very short line for depth and detail. This forms a second, uncut lemon, the small line representing the area where a stem could attach the lemon to the tree.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 4

4. Draw two leaves beneath the lemons. Begin by extending a pair of curved lines from the larger lemon, meeting in a point. Then, extend another set of lines, one from the lemon and one from the previous leaf. Allow these to meet at a point. Draw a line down the center of each to represent the leaf veins. Then, extend more short lines - more veins - from the central veins to the edges of the leaves.


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How to Draw Lemon: Step 5

5. Draw two leaves extending from beneath the lemons on the opposite side. Use two pairs of lines, allowing each to meet in a point. Let one line extend from the other leaf, giving the appearance of overlapping. Then, use curved lines to draw veins on each leaf.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 6

6. Begin sculpting the segments of the sliced fruit. Draw closely spaced triangles within the oval. The line parallel to the oval should be rounded, as should the corners.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 7

7. Continue drawing fruit segments with rounded bottoms and corners.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 8

8. Continue drawing segments of the sliced lemon, using triangles with rounded bottoms and corners.


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How to Draw Lemon: Step 9

9. Complete the circuit of fruit segments, using triangles with rounded corners.

How to Draw Lemon: Step 10

10. Color your lemon. Most lemons are bright yellow. Or, you can turn it into a lime by coloring it green.

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