3 - Step Fruits | Sharon Mapuvire | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Preparing Sketch

    • 3. Step 1 - Applying First Wash

    • 4. Step 2 - Adding Accent and Secondary Colors

    • 5. Step 3 - Adding Detail

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About This Class

So you want to learn how to paint watercolor fruits but you wish it was just... easier. Now, it can be with 3 Easy Steps. This is a class that anyone can take, you can be a beginner or someone who has been painting for a short while. The class is for anyone who wants to practice their watercolor painting skills in a relaxed and simple way. Follow along as I show you how to paint a pomegranate in 3 steps.

What You'll Need :

*Watercolor Paper

*Watercolor Set

*Pencil and Eraser

*Clean Water

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Sharon Mapuvire

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Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: Hi guys and welcome to another EZ water color class. For this class, I am going to show you how you can easily paint of fruit in three simple steps. We're going to be using a pomegranate as an example. And I'm going to show you in just three steps. And how are we gonna do with this? Well, the first step is going to be the layering of the wash. The second step is going to be ads in your accent color, or use secondary colors. And the third step is adding detail. So what you're gonna need for this class, watercolor, paper, watercolor brushes, watercolor sets, pencil, eraser, and clean water. Let's get started, guys. 2. Preparing Sketch: Before we paint, let's prepare our sketch. I have a rough outline of the pomegranate. For that you're going to be painting. Let me just fix a few things. So pomegranates is basically circle shape with a top. So the top has curved sides. And then for here right on the top you have a zigzag. Doesn't need to be symmetrical, just free hand. It's similar to an onion. If you think of an onion shape, zigzag, curved sides, and then you have the circle and a second line for the REM. The second line does not have to match the exterior line. It can have some few curves and bumps inside as you draw it that will help make it much more natural looking. So for the bottom of the top right here you have as exact two. And then inside you gotta have the seeds said just drawn out the shape. And then I'm going to fill it in with small circles. The circles do not have to match in size at all. It's actually better if you can have differing sizes because it just makes it much more interesting. So I'm just filling the area up with circles. Same thing on the right side. He set it off with a shape that kinda looks like a cloud and then you fill it up with circles. And if you look at the circles, I have drawn smaller circles with smaller ovals inside. That's to help me with my painting. We're gonna leave those areas clear. We're not going to paint those areas. So let's start to paint. 3. Step 1 - Applying First Wash: The color swatch for this illustration that I have chosen is the S1. So you can pick any color you would like as long as it belongs to the column group of red, pink, and purple, because this is the pomegranates. So if you want it to be more violet, you can, if you want to add just a little bit more red, you can do so. But as long as you just stays in the red color group, the reds, deep pink, and purple color group. So the very first step is to apply a very watts rewatch all around the rim of the pomegranates. Keep it really Award SRI. And it doesn't matter if you paint outside the boundary. That's helps. It, helps it look much more natural. So at first I'm a play inside the boundary and then I'll start to like move outside. But I'm keeping it really watch tree because if we make a mistake, we can easily remove it. And I am doing it in a dabbing motion. If you pay attention to my brushstroke. When I went to get larger services. That's when I sweep and when I want to get a very concentrated specific area, a dab, that's how I do it. And when I mean, I want to get a specific area, it means I want to have more saturation in that area. I wanted to be TAB more color. And then when I sweep, I just wanted to be like a lighter version of the wash. So I'm painting all across the surface of the pomegranates. So this is, the first step has two parts. The first part is to do the wash, the second part is to do the seeds with a second wash. And this watch is much more saturated that the first wash, so a little bit more paint is still the same color, but you're just adding a little bit of more U2 it. So I have a technique that I do because I have this real, I don't like to waste paint. It's like a nagging thing. So what I usually do is if they still have paint on my brush, I will then just apply it in other places. It helps illustration because it adds depth to it. And it also helps me with my paints because I'm using up all of that paint instead of dipping that brush back and water. So that's how I work. You don't have to necessarily work like this because it's not a necessity. I just it's Tate wasting paints. This is how it work. And then I go back in up to my wife, my brush in water, and then I just blend that paint there would have applied. So try and have a difference between your dukkah washes in your later washes. In other words, when a create a contrast. So we can see areas that are much lighter and we can see areas that are much deeper, much more saturated with more hues. So always be aware of that. You always want to have that contrast because it's, it prevents your illustration from looking flat, which is not what we want to. And I think it took me like 25 minutes to do this illustration. It was really simple and I wanted it to be really simple, but at the same time, I wanted to still look like the fruits, you know. So it ends up being a class that anyone can take from beginner to intermediate. Anyone can do this, anyone can follow. So right here, I'm just filling in the whitespaces and blending with the paint that has already been applied before. And I am using a sais one brush. Brush sizes go according to the size of your illustration. You have a small illustration. You're going to use a smaller brush. So use what is comfortable to you. If you're working in small areas, obviously you want to work with a small brush, but I'm gonna be using is one brush and we'll be switching that out with this size three brush. These are my preferred sizes when I'm doing skill share classes. So what creates the can I say the illustration of the seeds is that contrast between the darker areas and the lighter areas. And that he placed those dark areas on this side of the seeds that it makes it look much more rounded. So this is the first step. 4. Step 2 - Adding Accent and Secondary Colors: Now we're going to add our secondary colors. So the first one is a deep purple. This is just to help the seeds kinda pop off, straight off the page. So you place this accent color in between the seeds. Just in random places. Don't add too much. For me. I added like about six places for each seed pockets. And then I blend and I'm blending with a flat tip brush so that the paint moves really easily around the seeds. So for your accent color, you definitely wanna pick a color that goes along with your main color. And then for the second column, which is where the top of the pomegranates. I'm using a light brown. And I just sweep across the surface and the area just very gently and keep the consistency of your paint watery but not to watch or it's not as worksheet as our first wash. It has a little bit more paint to its bots. Make it so that it can easily just sweep across. And you'll feel as when you apply, you apply the paint on the paper, says you just move easily. She just sweep easily across the surface of the page. So we fell in that area. And then now I'm going to go back and I'm going to add more saturation, more color to the rim of the pomegranate. This is the same color that we used in the beginning. This is a main color. So whenever main color it is that you use, you're going to go in and you're gonna add more paint to it. And then you're going to paint right around the free. And then I go back. And now I'm just gonna blend. So you're going to end up with like read distinct features of this fruit. It's going to be the rim, the seeds, and the top. So we want to be able to split those three different features. And how you do that is just by adding more paints, more you more saturation to those areas so they really pop up. And the background is a watery wash which is less saturated. And then everything just comes together. So you always want to blend, always remember to just blend things out. After you've applied your paints to the RAM does go back in and just blend. It will just pull everything together and to help you illustration look much more better. 5. Step 3 - Adding Detail: So for the last step, I'm first going to erase my pencil before I continue. So the last step is about details and finishing up. I am going to lie on the right and top of the top of the fruit with the same color, the same brown color that I used is just more saturated, so more paint, less water. And then I just blend so that it doesn't look like it's a, it's separate from the rest of the illustration. So step one, step two, step three, basically lays out how to do it, how to create this illustration. How are we going to go back in and we're going to add that detail and make it more saturated. We're gonna add more paint where it then needs to be paint, such as with the seeds and around the rim. See you go back to your main color and we're going to now apply more of that paints like around the rim. It is going to go back, fix everything but the seeds. If you feel like you need to add more paint with the seed, add more pain to the seeds. I wanna do that. I am going to just repeat everything that I did and just make it deeper, more saturated. Okay? And this is it guys. I went back and did paintings to the scenes and just around the room just to make it more saturated. So this is a part that I really want you guys to sort of experiment with Intuit. She feel is best if you feel like you need more paint, add more paid. But the sysadmin three steps, so easy. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Bye guys.