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Dramatic Food Illustration With Watercolors - Paint Me A Dessert!

teacher avatar The Artmother, Professional Art Teacher and Artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What Makes an Image Dramatic?

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. The Sketch

    • 5. The Base Layer

    • 6. Darkening The Layers

    • 7. Adding Shadows

    • 8. Details

    • 9. Bonus Dramatic Effect

    • 10. Your Project

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Have you ever wondered how to approach a watercolor painting which contains lots of layers? How to achieve more depth? Get a realistic look? A dramatic effect?

If you answer is yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place!

Welcome to the "Dramatic Food Illustration With Watercolors"!

In this class we are going to create a food illustration with watercolors and we will try to give it a dramatic look following my usual practice of adding contrastive highlights, vibrant colors and a black background with a secret ingredient.

You can do your own illustration applying the shown process, but I will provide you the outlines for an exact piece of cake, so that you can follow along.

In the process you will have chance to learn:

- to create a practical sketch for your paintings

- plan a complex painting 

- to deal with more layers

- understand the process of working from light to dark

- to use a limited color palette

- to mix colors for shadows

- to create different textures

- to create a realistic look

- to apply my painting process to your future art

....and so much more!

You can be a¬†beginner in watercolors ‚Äď the class will be easy to follow with highlighting the key points you need to keep in mind¬†and a¬†complex process broken down to comprehensive easy steps.

So, if you are ready to paint me a dessert let’s get into it!

I am sure, it will be a piece of cake to paint this piece of cake :)



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The Artmother

Professional Art Teacher and Artist


Welcome! My name is Alexandra Finta - a passionate artist, a happy mother and an enthusiastic teacher - in short The Artmother. I am a professional art teacher with a Masters Degree in Art Education with years of experience in teaching in person and online. As an artist, I am creating in all different kinds of mediums from acrylics, watercolors, graphite and digital. I have years of experience in graphic design and photography. 

For more info check out my website here: www.theartmother.com

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I am very passionate about helping very beginners to explore their artistic abilities and to build their confidence in creating art, so I&... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Alexander Gavotte and I'm a professional. Our feature to the muscles degree in art education and I'm also an artist. And what do I like as well, Apart from watercolors, pigments and paints, food and that Welcome to the dramatic food illustration with water colors in this class, we are going to create a food illustration with water colors, and we'll try to give it a dramatic group following my usual practice off adding contrasting highlights. Wyman colors on a black background with a secret ingredients. You can do your own illustration applying the shown process, but I will provide you the outlines for this exact piece of cake so that you can follow along. End the process. You will have a chance to learn so much you will earn layering. Understand the close us off, working from lights too dark and learn to create different textures and so much more. You can be a beginner in water colors. The class will be easy to fall with highlighting the key points you need to keep in mind and the complex process broken down to comprehensive is the steps. So if they are ready to pay me a desert left God interred. I'm sure it will be a piece of cake to pain this piece of cake. 2. What Makes an Image Dramatic?: So what makes a food illustration dramatic? Let's take a look on some food photography as a reference in this class will be a photo we find on a stock photo site. The art off creating dramatic mood is by playing with light. Limited light on usually dark backgrounds gives the photographs a rustic luke. The highlights become more obvious on there is higher contrast in the overall picture, which is so much more easier for a beginner to capture as the shapes off the highlights and the shadows become more easy to distinguish. So there is less blending unless gradation needed when it comes to painting. If you notice the colors are usually y brint and limited, there is a dominant color, which takes over the main subject. Sometimes there was a second the re color or supportive color usually, but not necessarily the compliment off the dominant color. So these three thinks the higher contrast, the more obvious highlights and shadows and the limited color palette are the most important characteristics, which will make your food illustration more dramatic. A dark background is just a cherry on the top off the cake, and this is the piece of cake that I'm going to use as my reference picture. The reason I've chosen does because there is a riel high contrast. As you can see these shapes off, the highlights are really easily recognizable. The color is wide brimmed, and it will be just great subjects to paint. Let's see what supplies I'm going to use in the next video. 3. Supplies: so you will lead your usual watercolor supplies. So what? Ako paper paints and brushes and some other necessaries you used to use if you decide to do your own illustration from a different reference photo, juicier colors as you will. But try to stay in a limited color palette and keep this in mind when you're choosing your reference. Follow as well. So use one main color for the icing or gelatin, another as a secondary color for your food or decoration you have in your desert, for example, as I have these lives here and done, have a brown for the cake dole if it can be seen for those who will follow me. What I will be using is an artist, great health and set from prima marketing called tropicals. It has wonderful, vibrant colors, so I will use a limited color palette, meaning I will use on lee the pink to green and brown and a little purple when mixing shadows, so make sure you have prepared a deep pink color. Depending on your stat, it might be Rose mother magenta quinacrine, a magenta, then have green, have a light green and also a darker green for the leaf. I think sap green and hooker's green would be fine. Then find a nice, warm brown like burned number or one like brown again, depending on what you have and have a little warm yellow for the base off the cake dough as well. So after you have prepared your paints, electric one and create or cash. 4. The Sketch: creating a details catch before starting. Painting is crucial. If you can't draw, I suggest you take a look on my beginner level droving course where you learn the essentials. Anyhow, you can still trace an image. It does not a wrong thing to do. You feel safe time on, you can be sure that everything will be where it should be. I am creating this catch with a watercolor pencil so that it blends to my pains. Later, when you trace an image or even draw, you need to get the contour lines right in the case. Off this cake you need triangle line, the shapes of the leaves and the shapes off the strawberries at the site. It is very important to get the shapes off the highlights, right. So I need them at the top off this cake as we're going to work from lunch to dark, these shapes were remain the white off the paper so you cannot paint over them. You can cover them up with mosque in fleet, or just be careful when painting. And this is what I'm going to do. You only need to leave out the biggest shapes on the little thin lines and dots will be added as details. At the end, I'm including my owns Catch in the resources section so that you can simply copy it After you have yours. Catch on your wall. Tickle paper Alexe start we laying down the first layer of color. 5. The Base Layer: laying down color. When you start painting anything, the first thing you need to do is to lay down the bays color. If you covered up the highlights with masking Floyd, you haven't easier thing to do because you need to pay last attention. But if you didn't be careful, so start with creating a light layer off each color being for the gelatin and top lies. Hello for Dido on a light green for the Leafs at the side of the cake. I already defined some shapes I have from the strawberries, which I do by painting the shapes with a new load off paint. It feel differentiated from the layer it is in, and I also repainted the side part off the gelatin with a second layer to make this base layer of it darker than it is at the top as a top is hit by delight. Mostly. Okay, so this is the base layer, a white layer of pink with a darker part of the side of the cake, a light layer off yellow and a light layer off green, which might appear yellow to you now, which is because it is a really vibrant green color I'm using and contains lots off yo. So in a very light layer, it appears as yellow anyways and all big highlights at the top are left as the white off the paper. Now wait until everything is dry and continue to the next layers. 6. Darkening The Layers: darkening delay layers. So at this second stage, you need to think off the first base layer of colors as the lightest shapes in your reference picture. So basically take a look on your reference picture and observe it. Now focus on finding the lightest pink shapes, lightest green shapes in the leave and when going over the whole painting again. Ah, with more concentrated paint. Leave these lighter colored shapes out similarly, as you did with the highlights. This is not a hyper realistic painting, so don't need to be super precise. I love to paint into terribly, but with following a plan on a sketch and a reference picture. So after you have darkened the pink and the green, do the same with the yellow part. I have a cream in this cake, but the way I'm going to differentiate it from the dough is by applying different texture. So at first I add a darker layer off yellow to the bottom part and a rather light brown layer to the cream part. Here I am doing vertical brush strokes, checking the reference picture for shadows in the cream and tried to apply their directions in the bottom part, I add texture with the brown by applying dots to the wet paint. It will create a nice variety of darker and lighter shapes, which bleed into each other. When this layer is dry, I got even more concentrated colors. So I add brown on my brush and paint a dark line to the bottom off the cake to make a big contrast. And I go over my daughter texture again with more concentrated paint and also refined the shadows in the cream. And again, I get as concentrated colors on my brush from the pink as well. Uh, and I go over the shadowy parts, but this is the darkest I can get from discolor, and it is not enough, so I vill makes a new color for my shadows in the next video. 7. Adding Shadows: shadows. Sometimes it is enough to get the highest concentration off a color to create shadows. But in an image with high contrast, and when your intention is to get more depth, you need to mix shadows. It is a common practice to mix purple or a complimentary color into the color together shadow, but now I will add the brown as well. So I will have a mixture from the pink, the purple Andy Brown. It will give me a really nice de saturated, brownish, pinkish grayish color, which will be perfect for my shadows. This is also a usual thing to makes black with a color to get its shade. There are lots off painters against it because it may give you various results flat or dull colors, because blacks are usually created with the combination off various pigments, so you might end up with mud. But just try to mix black me your pink. It should give you a nice Burgundy. At least mine does. But as I am working on Lee with desk Health and set right now, I have to use, but I have and my darkest colors in this that are purple and deep brown, so that's why I'm using them. I encourage you, however, to try out several mixtures, swatch them and then see what was work for you the best. So back to the painting. I am going over the gelatin part with this shadowy mixture on even at the cost chateau below the painting To give it a more realistic effect in the leaf, I got the shadows with highest concentration off the darker green. When this first layer is dry, I look for the shapes off the darkest shadows in my reference picture on pain them with a second layer. I also add a little off the shadow mixture to my brown and I go over the doctor texture again. With that on Douala, we are finished. Let's add some details in the next video. 8. Details: details. What I love to use for details is a white jail pen, but I do is that I simply go over the painting, rechecking the reference picture for additional highlights that I didn't leave out at the beginning on Simply act them. I cannot some textures as well or Lineburg what feels good to you as we are not trying to be hyper realistic. Do what feels right, but make sure not to overdo it. What I love to do with the white gel pin is to at some wines than it's much them with my fingers. I cannot some additional light effects with this as well. And now you can sign your artwork as it looks amazing on realistic on dramatic or follow me to the next video, where I will apply a dark background suited to make the illustration even more dramatic. 9. Bonus Dramatic Effect: drama and it's fast. I love black. The usage of black in my art is the most characteristic thing, I guess so I thought I would on a black background to this cake as well. What I absolutely love using for this is the doctor pH markings, concentrated watercolors or black ink warning. If you were afraid, you will bring your painting with this pro cess or you don't have concentrated watercolors or ink. Don't do this to create a seamless black surface around. You need dear supplies. Simple black watercolors can make some unwanted textures, and a lot off border might make your paper buckle if you didn't stretch it. So if you're happy with your artwork now, watch this part on Lee for fun. If you have experience with painting backgrounds, off course, paint a background as you wish. Be creative, but if you have this supplies and you will love to try it out, come and join me. So what I am doing is that I simply paint around the cake with the doctor Ph Martin's concentrated watercolors and try not to use too much water. If you add water, you will have some unwanted textures. The concentrated watercolors are Floyd enough to fill the paper and thick enough to create a seamless layer at the edges. I love to create a dry brush of fact. I simply lead my brush load off the paint, and I let the remaining paint out at the edges with quick brushstrokes. Okay, so I would say I'm done. But the simple black background is really flat, but I love to add is, ah, secret ingredient, and that is chalk. So when the black layer is completely dry, I take a light colored chalk. Or you can use dry pasta La's well and at a little layer and smudge it with your hands. I tried to add it to the sites where there might be light, so I will not add any off this. Where there is the shadow of the cake. I love to use his method. It is so messy and cool. What is not good about it is that now you cannot varnish the painting with anything because the chalk soaks it up. It will not be seen, but if your digitized this texture or hang it with a glass, it will be totally fine. So how do you like it? 10. Your Project: your project. Your project is to create dramatic food illustration. It can be anything, really. But stick to the rules we learned at the beginning, so high contrast, obvious highlights and shadows and a limited color palette. I would love to do a little process. A recap here, so make us catch with drawing the Contour lines outlines off the most important big shapes and also the shapes off The big highlights. Create a layer off the base colors, leaving out the highlights and use really light, watered down colors. Then create a layer with more concentrated colors, leaving out the shapes off the lightest colors. Then create a layer off the most concentrated colors and paint the darkest parts. Create a mixture for shadows and paint the darkest shadows in few layers. Add details with white jail penned wash Akwa leaks or anything you have, and Dan, if you will add the bonus dramatic effect. 11. Final Thoughts: Well, here we are at the end of this class. I hope you enjoyed it. I can't wait to see your results. And I hope we will have a nice, delicious gallery here. Full off. Wonderful food illustrations. If you need help with anything, feel free to contact me years to discussion. Top to ask your questions and make sure you follow me A social media on Instagram Facebook and also here on skill share to be up to date. You are welcome to take my other crosses as well. And I would be really happy if you will leave me a review on this one. Thank you for taking the class. See you soon.