How to Paint an Apple in Watercolor –Food Illustration

Leyla Torres, Easy art projects to enrich your life

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14 Videos (30m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Materials for this class

    • Materials –In Depth Overview for the Novice

    • Making a chart –2 Ways

    • Drawing the apple

    • Transferring the fruit drawing to watercolor paper

    • Applying a wet on wet base layer

    • Applying second layer and base for shadow

    • Modeling with color and beginnigng the details

    • Applying dark accents to the shaded area

    • Working on the Stem and Adding Saturated Darks

    • Mixing Dark Colors and Working on Details

    • Applying a Shadow Wet on Dry

    • Two Extra Tips and Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this class you will be guided through a detailed step-by-step process to paint a realistic apple in watercolor.

We will begin with the sketching of the apple, then transferring it to watercolor paper using transparent layers to produce a three-dimensional look. You will practice watercolor wet on wet, wet on dry and layering techniques.

This class is geared to people with and without previous experience using watercolor. For the novice there is a section covering an in-depth overview describing watercolor materials and how to make basic color charts for reference.

By the end of the class you will have added visual elements to your artistic vocabulary which can be applied to other creative and craft projects, such as hand lettering, food illustration or creating art for invitation cards, hand-made greeting cards,  christmas cards or any other celebration. 


28 of 28 students recommendSee All

wow great apple! thanks
Very thorough tutorial. The best explanation and demonstration of the process of painting an apple that I've found.
Great class!!!





Leyla Torres

Easy art projects to enrich your life


In my studio practice, I explore creativity through writing, watercolor painting, and origami, the art of paper folding. These artistic activities are vehicles for cultivating the creative spirit while fostering a sense of inner calm and play in our daily lives.

On my website, you will find my watercolor art and illustration work and my children's books. At, you will find origami video instructions and lots of information and resources about the art of paper folding.

Artistic creativity and the ability to play are skills that help us live fuller lives and become better human beings. When we improve ourselves, we are better equipped to help improve the world around us.

I love teaching and helping people release their creative potential and appreciate the process as much as the result. 

I also enjoy photography, language, biking, and dancing. Spanish is my native language and English is my adoptive one.

The lovely state of Vermont, USA is the place I call home and where live with my husband John Sutton and Coco, our sweet female cat. 

Follow my work at:

INSTAGRAM Leyla_Torres_Watercolors 

INSTAGRAM OrigamiSpirit

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets