You Will Need:
*thin black marker
Draw the outline of an apple on a regular or scrap piece of paper. I've had people tell me they can't do this. Apples aren't any more perfect than the rest of us and come in many shapes and sizes. If it's not exactly the same as my photo don't worry, they'll both be equally as unedible in the end. Make sure it's the size you want the painting to be because this is the pattern for the good copy.
I drew my apple and wasn't happy with it. So now it's a dog toy.
Once you get a line drawing you are happy with and feel you can work from, use your black marker to outline all of the pencil marks. Make sure you also draw the line to indicate where you will put your shading and shadows as well as circling the area of the apple that will appear shiny and remain white.
You may have noticed the photo has 4 apple seed where I drew only three:-0
Artistically speaking, things show better in odd numbers. It's more aesthetically pleasing. However if you are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and must have things in even numbers please feel free to add the additional seed.
Now I'll go fix my good rough copy and get ready for the next step.
Next time you will need:
*a pencil (preferrably a B)
*"Stonehenge" or "Bristol" (vellum) or good quality paper with tooth. Canson Mi-tentes are okay, but have a bit too much tooth. White is the best but off-white will do. Natural colour is not good. You want your shiny highlights to be white without having to actually use a white pencil.
*low tack tape such as painters tape or other masking tape.
*a dog again....just in case.
*A window on preferably a sunny day. (No, really.....I'm serious!)