How to Paint Pumpkins in Watercolors | Fall Lovers | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Paint Pumpkins in Watercolors | Fall Lovers

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Drawing Pumpkins and Leaves

    • 3. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt1

    • 4. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt2

    • 5. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt3

    • 6. Painting Shadows

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About This Class

Welcome to my new class! I will first explain how to create your drawing layout and composition. First, starting with the pumpkins and then adding leaves, berries, and twigs. This class is great for any artist who enjoys the fall season! 

Next, for the actual watercolor portion, I will show you how to set up your supplies and go over the tools that will be needed to complete this project. Also, I will discuss some great tips and tricks to help you expand your watercolor skills!

What you will learn is how to properly layer your colors and create depth and dimension throughout your watercolor project. This class is a fun project for all artists and would make a great addition to anyone's portfolio.

Supplies I used

  • Winsor & Newton - WC Paint
  • Palette/Tray - For mixing
  • Rag/Paper Towel
  • Watercolor Paper - Strathmore coldpress 140 lb.
  • Two cups water - opt. (one is clean, one is to clean brushes) this saves some time.
  • Brushes

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

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1. Intro : thank you for joining in and for today's class, I have a fun harvest fall project here. We will first start out by drawing some of the pumpkins, and you can add some leaves and Berries, a little bit of greenery, and then we will jump right into the actual watercolor. Portia and I will explain how to layer your colors properly so that your pumpkins are very bright and vivid, and they still have that plump three D effect and very end. I will show you how to use some blue and purple in your shadows and really tie the whole thing together. 2. Drawing Pumpkins and Leaves: first up, I'm going to use a lighter lead of pencil there. It's like a regular number two, just something that's not too dark, because in the end we will light enough the lines. What? You just don't want anything like two heavy because this is a watercolor project. So I'm going to start off with this stamp on top because I want to see how high my pumpkins going to be and how much space I have. So just a basic stem there with a slight curve. And then I'm going to start to draw Thesixties ins off the pumpkin, and I'm going to pay attention to which lines the way there curving on my reference photo. Or if you're using a real pumpkin, that's even better, and then way up by the stem, there's like might be visible the very, very small ones. Then we're gonna continue with the other side, and you can keep in mind, too, that, of course, you want your pumpkin to be around, but they are naturally a little lumpy and sometimes crooked, so that's OK as well. And then next to that one, I'm going to put a shorter one. The little shorter and a little wider. And again, I'm going to start off with this stem. This one is a little bit more curly and then again with e sections of the pumpkin and they will meet right up against each other. - And when you're ready and all done with the pumpkins, then you concert to I added a little bit. There's some twigs there with a few Berries, and I added one simple leaf down in the corner so you couldn't feel free to get creative. If you want. You know, a few extra leaves or extra twigs that's up to you. I kept them. You're just very basic. 3. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt1: first up, I'm going to get started and put down a layer of water on the bigger pumpkin first, and then I will be doing a light wash off the can me, um, yellow. - If you would like to tone it down a little bit, you can always add in a tiny bit of the yellow okra as well at the top of the punk in there , where it's a little bit darker. I added some of theatrically, um, red and with the cadmium yellow and made a light shade of orange for right now. So that's the deeper shade that you see. And I'm gonna put a tiny bit on the bottom just to deepen things up for right now and to gradually start to make your the orange transition to the pumpkin because you want to make sure to leave some of the yellow. They're going to be your highlights. You are going to do the same thing to the other pumpkin. So remember, first with the lighter yellow, and then when you're done with that, you can drop in the lighter shade of orange that you made. And if you put too much or something looks too dark. Remember, you can always just spread it and thin it out with the water. At this point, I did go ahead with a tiny bit of the Academy of Red while the, you know, bottom section of the side there were still wet. Just so I know where the darker shadows we're going to be on the pumpkin and theseventies ation in between the two. - I am adding the cadmium red there on the top. And I also made a separate puddle right next to their It is Thea the Yellow Joker. So again, if anything looks too bright for your taste, you can just, you know, at a tiny bit of that to tone it down in certain areas. I did. So you have a good balance and a more natural looking pumpkin. 4. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt2: And for this next section here, I did let the pumpkins dry up for a good 2030 minutes, and then I am going to go back in with, um, a little bit of a mixture here. I use some of the bright orange that I made and then a little bit of the yellow Oakar. And I'm just darkening off my my ridges there. The lines in between each sections that are, um, got last a little bit. So I'm just gonna put them back on both pumpkins. And then I will be deepening some of the shadow areas as well. So again, just moving on to, like, second and third layers. - What , uh, - for the stems of both of the pumpkins, I first I'm going in with a little bit of the yellow poker. And then I will be using a little bit of the burnt sienna for some shadow areas. And I didn't mix a tiny bit of sap green and there as well for the small leaf in the corner. I'm gonna put down a little bit of water and then the yellow ochre again just as a light base coat. And I didn't mix in a tiny bit of a little bit of everything. I put in some crimson and some of the cadmium red and a tiny bit of green so you could have fun with this one and play around with a few different colors. And then I used a little bit of the burnt sienna for the stem for the section in between the two pumpkins. I used some of the sap green to start off with, and I didn't mix in a teeny tiny bit of the yellow. And then I used the crimson for the little Berries on the end and for deeper shadows on some of the leaves and greenery There, I used a tiny bit of the Veridian. 5. Layering Color on Pumpkins pt3: I'm going to continue on with the crimson there and fill in some of the Berries. And if you would like, you can leave a teeny, tiny little white spot and that could act as a highlight. And then I'm gonna move on and go back over to the leaf and again, right in up some certain areas and at a little bit more yellow, a swell. And that is also some burnt sienna that I mixing in there with the red and then a little bit of the south green on the stems. You I'm going in with another layer for the shadows on the pumpkin. This one is a little bit of the yellow Oakar mixed with the cadmium red, just like before, just creating a little bit of a deeper shadow, one of the if you're new to watercolor. One of the most important things to remember is that you do need a lot of patients with watercolor. You can't put down too much color at once. You really need to learn to properly layer your colors and then let everything dry and then go back to it, cause if you do put down, you know, too much at once. It just looks really cakey and jockey. And then, um, obviously everything looks like really flat, too. But anyways, it's it's worth it. When you do things step by step and then your pumpkin there it still has the dark shadows, and then you can still see the yellow for a highlight. And, you know, everything is really shapely and vivid and again the same thing on the other pumpkin. I'm just going to deepen up those shadows a little bit, one by one. - And I did add a little bit of the burnt Sienna to deepen up the stems a little bit. This where there might be a little shadow, - and I'm going to use the sap green to put on some of the veins on the leaf. 6. Painting Shadows: and for the last section here I am going to be mixing up color for the shadows underneath everything. So I'm just going to use a little bit of the ultra marine blue and a tiny bit of crimson I put in there just to make it a little bit more purple e In certain areas, I'm going to start off with just a little bit of water there on the brush, right up against the pumpkin for your shadow areas. It's always darkest right up against the object, whatever you're doing, and then it will slowly fade out. Once you have the water down, you can just drop in the color to thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Be sure to check back for more, and I also have many other watercolor tutorials if you're interested