When drawing pickles in a jar, there is no need to be a sourpuss or bland. Have some fun with it. Instead of merely drawing a jar filled with basic pickles, add some lively style. For the fun of it, give those green and bumpy cucumbers soaking in vinegar and spices a bit of a friendly feel. Let’s get started with how to draw a jar of pickles packed with personality.
Start with a sheet of white paper in landscape mode, with the long edges on the top and bottom and the short edges on the sides. Find the center top of the paper and make a somewhat flattened arc that is equal on both sides.
Almost as if looking in a mirror reflection, connect the bottom points of the arc with a matching upside-down flattened arc to form an elongated oval.
Draw a straight, short vertical line coming down from each side of the oval.
Connect the bottom points of the short vertical lines with a sweeping motion to form an upside-down arc.
Finish off the jar’s lid by starting at the left bottom side of the upside-down arc and form another upside-down arc just below it and connecting the sides with a small amount of space on both sides.
This lid in the drawing is going to be covered with a small piece of fabric. To draw the fabric lid covering, start a small distance from the bottom of the lid lines on the left, and draw an elongated “U-shaped” curve. Move slightly to the right, and mirror that mark with another elongated “U-shaped” curve, and then connect the two ends with a bit of a curl.
Start on the right side of the drawing, and make a fishhook-like line off of the bottom of the lid lines with the starting point moved just a tad to the left of the bottom previously drawn upside-down arc. Connect the side points with a gradual wavy line, bringing the final wave up and over the hook on the right side.
Have some fun with completing the fabric lid cover ruffle by drawing slightly curved lines that stem from the bottom of the lid and midway through the wavy line. The first curve should start on the back of the first curl on the left and sweep slightly below the wave. Add a couple more slight curves facing the opposite direction to connect the bottom of the lid to the bottom of the center of a wave along what will be the lid cover fabric.
Now, let’s draw the jar. Start about halfway into the second ruffle of the lid cover fabric and make an “S-shaped” line. Be sure to allow the top of the “S” to be stretched out, and the bottom of the “S” to be shortened, ending more abruptly.
On the opposite side of the drawing, mirror the “S” shape you just drew by making a backward “S”. This side will start midway from the right of the wavy line before you get to the short backward curve line above.
Connect the “S-shaped” line and its mirrored backward “S-shaped” line with a slight upside-down arc. Thicken both sides with a bit of shading at the bottom rounded corners.
Starting from the bottom up, draw a long Mona Lisa smile-shaped curve. Stop short of connecting it to the sides by leaving a small gap on each side.
Complete the jar by starting from the left side of the flattened smile-shaped curve. Make a tilted “C-shape”. Mirror it to make a backward “C” on the other side.
Now, the fun part begins of filling up the jar with the pickles. Let’s start by drawing a leaf. Draw an elongated “C-shape” that starts about an inch or so from the left side of the jar’s “S-curve”. Connect with a mirrored backward “C-shape” to form a kite-like box with a pointed tip. Draw the stem of the leaf by making two side-by-side elongated “C-shaped” curves that begin on the top inside of the kite-shaped box and extend downward and outside of the box. Connect the bottom of the stem with a short straight line.
Let’s start filling the jar with happy pickles. Start toward the top right side of the leaf, and make a rightward sweeping curve upward. From the peak of that curve, make a large curve downward as if you are creating a large comma. Stop that curved line about midway down. Move just a tad over to the left, and make a small backward “C” shape to form a bump on the pickle that will look like a nose that protrudes across the curved edge. Continue with a downward straight-line motion until it is about even with the bottom of the stem of the leaf, and then connect the bottom of the pickle by forming a “U-shape” that extends upward to the bottom right side of the leaf. Draw a tiny circle at the inside middle top of the pickle, and another toward the bottom right.
Starting at the top of the first pickle, slightly to the right of the tiny circle, draw a curved line upward and to the right, and then a backward “S” curve all the way down to connect to the bottom of the first pickle. Go back up to the top of the second pickle, and make a tiny circle on the top. Leave a small amount of space as you move downward, and then draw a small, tilted “S-shaped” line to form a nose for the second pickle. Below that, make two elongated “U” shaped parallel lines, and connect them at the left top point with a slight right-facing short curve to form an open-mouthed smile. Move downward and starting with the bottom right edge of the first pickle, just above the bottom tiny circle, draw an upward right-sweeping curved line, and another just below it connecting the two at a point on the right.
Let’s draw another leaf by heading over to the left side edge of the first pickle, and making an arc-like curve, mirrored with an upside-down arc, joining the two at a point to the left. Draw a straight line on the inside of the leaf just slightly off-center to divide the arc and the mirrored arc lines.
Toward the top left of the first pickle, draw three “C-shaped” curves that connect at the top to a curved point.
Move over to the left of the leaves, and slightly sweep a curve upward to the right starting where the curve begins on top of the leaf. Midway of this new sweeping curve, make a hill-like curve up and to the left, bringing it down to about midway of the first pickle’s left side and a very short “C-shaped” curve coming up from the left side of the leaf, but do not connect it to the rest of the third pickle. On the left top portion of this newest pickle, draw a circle, and extend a backward “C” curved line out from the bottom right of the circle, extending it out past the edge of the pickle and curving back ending it fairly soon after you reach the inside of the pickle to form a long nose. Just below where that curve ends, draw two parallel curved lines to connect to the tip of the leaf.
From the bottom center of the protruding nose, complete the long curve to make up the rest of the body of that third pickle, and draw three curves connecting at a point extending off of the bottom edge of the first pickle and ending at a point on the last pickle you drew.
Top off the last pickle drawn with a beanie-like tiny half circle on the top center of its head. The fourth pickle will be a series of curves with eyes and a nose facing upward as if it is lying on its side being supported by the other three. Add a tongue and happy smile to the first pickle drawn by drawing an upside-down “M” on the bottom upward curve of the mouth.
Continue to draw three more pickles with faces following the same curvy line and circular lines as the other pickles.
Now, it’s time to add some details by drawing straight-line streaks down the center lines and off to the sides of each of the pickles. Fill them in with connecting tiny circles in between the lines. Add a few circular bubbles toward the bottom of the jar, and jagged leaf accents. Add solid black dots to the inside of each of the eyes.
Add a fabric pattern to the lid topper by drawing random circles. Make sure you also add a few half circles where the edge of the lid hits.
Top off the lid covering fabric with a bow by drawing a sideways figure 8 and tiny “S-shaped” spindles coming down from the center.
Darken the completed lines with a marker.
Fill in the outer inside edge of the jar with a yellowish-green color.
Fill in a few of the leaves with a slightly darker greenish-yellow color as contrast.
Color the leaves green.
Using the same color of green, fill in the jagged leaves with color.
Use a slightly darker shade of green to fill in the pickles with color, leaving their eyes and the bubbles white.
Darken in the bubble circles toward the bottom of the jar.
Fill in the circles on the fabric lid covering using green with black circular accents.
Fill in the area on the fabric lid covering that is not a darkened circle with a burgundy red color, leaving the bow white.
Darken in the bow with a dark gray or green, leaving just enough of an accent to the solid black circles.
And, just like that the jar is complete, filled with happy pickles. It sort of makes you want to pull the lid off and let them out to join the party.