How to Draw an Onion

Learn how to draw a great looking Onion with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Onion.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Onion

How to Draw a Great Looking Onion for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin your onion outline by drawing a large teardrop shape, but don't let the lines meet at the top. Instead, connect them with a small zigzag line. Then, draw a curved line across the bottom of the teardrop, noting the half-circle-shaped bulge that forms the root disc.

Easy Onion Drawing - Step 2

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Enclose small curved triangles on each side of the tip of the teardrop shape. Then, draw long curved lines along the sides of the onion, roughly parallel to its outer edges. These are the scales or segments of the onion that are literally leaf bases.

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Easy Onion Drawing - Step 3

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Continue drawing long curved lines to indicate the scales. Draw a small "V" shaped line near the top of the bulb.

Easy Onion Drawing - Step 4

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Continue to draw curved lines, outlining successively smaller teardrop shapes within the onion. This portion of the onion is called the apex or apical shoot.

Easy Onion Drawing - Step 5

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Next, outline your second onion. Again, use a long curved line to trace a teardrop shape, but don't complete it at the tip. Use several "V" shaped lines to connect the ends of the line.

Easy Onion Drawing - Step 6

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Texture the skin of the onion with long curved lines. Enclose a partial circle at the bottom, then extend pairs of curved lines from it. Allow these pairs to meet at sharp points, forming the onion's roots.

Easy Onion Drawing - Step 7

Onion step-by-step drawing tutori7: step 1

7. Finish texturing the skin of the onion, drawing long curved lines along its length.

Add More Details to Your Onion Picture - Step 8

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw the grass-like shoots of the plant. Use pairs of lines that meet at points.

Complete the Outline of Your Onion Drawing - Step 9

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Draw a few more green shoots, called scapes. For each, use a pair of lines that meet at points.

Your onion outline is now complete.

Color Your Onion Drawing

Onion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your onion. Ours is a yellow onion, with orange skin and yellow inner flesh. Some onions are white, others green, and still others purple or red.

For more great plant drawing tutorials, see the collection of Easy Plant Drawings for Kids.

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Learn More About The Onion Drawing

Do you need to know how to draw an onion? This easy, step-by-step vegetable drawing tutorial is here to guide you.

How can you use this onion drawing? Complete with roots and a growing green stem, you could illustrate how onion plants grow in a garden for a science project.

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Or, you could use this picture to ornament a menu or a recipe. For example, you can see slices of onion on the following foods:

  • A hamburger
  • Alongside a turkey dinner
  • In a salad

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw a Cauliflower or Peas drawing tutorials.

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