How to Paint an Apple in Watercolor –Food Illustration

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14 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      1:53
    • 2. Materials for this class

      0:28
    • 3. Materials –In Depth Overview for the Novice

      6:55
    • 4. Making a chart –2 Ways

      2:28
    • 5. Drawing the apple

      1:01
    • 6. Transferring the fruit drawing to watercolor paper

      0:53
    • 7. Applying a wet on wet base layer

      2:48
    • 8. Applying second layer and base for shadow

      3:08
    • 9. Modeling with color and beginnigng the details

      2:10
    • 10. Applying dark accents to the shaded area

      1:12
    • 11. Working on the Stem and Adding Saturated Darks

      1:50
    • 12. Mixing Dark Colors and Working on Details

      1:55
    • 13. Applying a Shadow Wet on Dry

      2:24
    • 14. Two Extra Tips and Final Thoughts

      0:46

Project Description

Your project is to paint a realistic apple in watercolor. 

DELIVERABLES

1. Upload photos of some of the steps as  you work toward the finished apple.

2. Upload your finished watercolor apple.

Materials Needed for this Class

1. A 140 lb coldpress watercolor paper about 12 x 9 Inches (30 x 23 cm). Artist tape and board (optional)

2. Watercolor paints (tubes or pan set) about 12 basic colors*

3. Two containers of water

4. Small cloth towel and paper towels.

5. Round watercolor brushes: #0 (extra small -optional); #2 (small); #5 or #6 (medium); #10-12 (large)

6. Soft and hard pencils and eraser (kneaded rubber eraser, preferable)

7. Small water spray bottle


Following is a list of paint colors. You may use any watercolor brand of your preference.

Ideally, you'll use professional-grade watercolor paints and have one warm and one cool version of each color. For example: Sap green and Winsor Green. 

List of color paints and brands in my basic palette. The ones used in this video are highlighted in boldface.

[W&N ]= Winsor and Newton
[M ]= Mission
[HWC] = Holbein

[M] Cerulean Blue 
[M] Cobalt Blue 1
[M] Peacock Blue
[W&N] Ultramarine Blue
[M] Ivory Black
[M] Burn Siena
[M] Bright Clear Violet
[W&N] Permanent Magenta
[W&N] Alizarin Crimson
[W&N] Permanent Rose
[M] Bright Opera
[W&N] Winsor Red
[M] Yellow Orange
[HWC] Cadmium Yellow Light
[W&N] Aurelin Yellow
[W&N] Permanent Sap Green
[M] Sap Green
[M] Hooker’s Green
[W&N] Windsor Green

RESOURCES

Downloable Apple, photo reference (see attached file on the right side column)

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