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. 


35 of 35 students recommendSee All

Wonderful class and teacher, I have learned a lot!
Such a great class. I'm going to do these and give as gifts to all my "healthy" friends! Thank you Leyla .
Beverley Deeming

Ex prof M-U Artist/4eva a Creative Human

wow great apple! thanks





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 ...

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