How to Draw an Orange

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"Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?"
- Classic children’s joke

Oranges are a citrus fruit. They originated in China as a cross between a mandarin (often called a mandarin orange) and a grapefruit. They have become a symbol of the state of Florida in the United States due to the large number of oranges produced there. In fact, many visitor centers offer samples of orange juice to incoming guests. Oranges also represent preparing for cold and flu season as they are extremely high in vitamin C.

It is said that there is no word that rhymes with orange. The Nickelodeon comedy series Drake and Josh may have proven this assumption wrong, however. When writing a song, Drake rhymes “orange” with “door hinge.” The word "orange" is derived from the Sanskrit word for the same tree. The word was first used to describe the color during the 1500s.

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Oranges also play a role as personified characters in popular culture. One example is the Annoying Orange,

a comedy web series. The popular Shopkins collectible series includes characters such as Juicy Orange and Annie Orange.

Would you like to draw a cartoon orange? This easy, step-by-step cartoon fruit drawing tutorial is designed to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use an orange crayon, marker, colored pencil, or paints to shade the orange according to its name!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Peach, Strawberry, and Pears.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Orange

How to Draw Orange: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle to outline the fruit.

How to Draw Orange: Step 2

2. Draw the stem of the orange, erasing as necessary. Draw a cylindrical shape with a smaller cylinder protruding from one side. Don’t forget the tiny ovals at the tips.

How to Draw Orange: Step 3

3. Draw a leaf protruding from the stem. Outline the leaf using two curved lines that meet at a point. Draw a curved line down the center of the leaf to form the central vein. Then, draw short, curved lines extending from the vein, forming smaller veins.

How to Draw Orange: Step 4

4. Texture the orange. Draw curved lines extending from the base of the stem. Then, draw dots all over the surface of the orange.

How to Draw Orange: Step 5

5. Erase a portion of the orange, and draw an oval overlapping it. This will become a second orange.

How to Draw Orange: Step 6

6. Draw a scalloped oval within the first oval. Form the scalloped line from many connected curved lines. This outlines where the orange peel meets the flesh of the fruit in a sliced-open cross-section.

How to Draw Orange: Step 7

7. Use a series of connected, curved lines to enclose an irregular shape at the center of the orange. Then draw curved lines extending from the center. This is where the orange sections, or carpels, meet.

How to Draw Orange: Step 8

8. Draw a “C” shaped line around one side of the orange, connecting at the bottom and the top. This forms the outer peel of the sliced orange.

How to Draw Orange: Step 9

9. Texture the peel of the sliced orange with plenty of dots.

How to Draw Orange: Step 10

Color your orange. What color should it be? Orange, of course! Unripe oranges are green in color, and blood oranges have a red tinge.

Check out our plants drawing guides for more healthy fruits and veggies, including some with fun cartoon faces!

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