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Learn to Paint 'Loose and Lively Veggies' using Watercolors and Ink

teacher avatar Nanditha Vijayan, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 25m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and supplies

    • 3. Class project

    • 4. Practice

    • 5. Baby Carrots

    • 6. Mushrooms

    • 7. Garlic

    • 8. Tomato

    • 9. Capsicum

    • 10. Green Peas

    • 11. Cauliflower

    • 12. Onion

    • 13. Time for Inking

    • 14. Thank you and Bonus

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About This Class

Hallo there. I am Nanditha Vijayan. NV in short.

If you love food illustration, if you are a beginner and looking forward to paint using Watercolors and Ink, then jump in right into this class and 'Learn to Paint loose and lively veggies' with me.

This class starts with a practice session where you will have to start creating a pencil sketch of the vegetable that you are planning to paint,and then, moves on to inking. In this part you can use either a pen or ink & nib. Once you have the shape and details in your mind of the veggie that you are planning to paint, you start with watercolors to paint them loosely with this strong image that you have acquired from your practice session.

The practice session is well explained (so don't panic)and so all you need to do is to take a copy of the outlined image in the resource provided and start practicing.Once you are ready and confident enough to jump in right into watercolors, then just keep watching the classes  after the practice session and let's paint together.

At the end of this class you will be able to paint the veggies loosely fearlessly.If you have any questions and comments drop it down in the community discussion area and I will get back to you.

Happy Painting people 



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Nanditha Vijayan




I am Nanditha Vijayan, a self-taught Artist and a freelance Surface Pattern Designer.  I have been a stay at home mom who is deeply passionate about creating artworks and dreams to see my artworks on products. This is a creative journey I have started off and I am taking you along with me to share what I have learnt through the process and to help you bring your creative dreams to a reality.

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From my experience, I know how it feels to be a creative head and be immersed in ideas but not really be able to put them on a paper and have all those creative blocks turn you down. Let me help you to learn, unlearn and relearn.

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1. Intro: What if you would? I watched my classes, but at the most, a few. I'm company Yukos. Let me in to use myself. My name is not You can call me anything. I'm a mother. A set start artist. Fashion was I never profession. I come from you and I am here. So what are we going in this class? You would be learning how to paint loose and lively regions using watercolors at their main media. You would also be incorporating outlining as a final retailing's for your painted vegetables. I will be explaining to you how to paint using and you would be learning how to practice yourself on. Get yourself for bed by drawing the outlines, understanding the details on the subject, getting the idea off the shape of the vegetable that planning have all that in mind before you start. So now you know what you want to learn in this class. If you're ready to learn on, explore painting, use and lively veggies just dive into this class. Also, don't forget to check out my other classes on skills. Join me on Pinterest and follow me on 2. Tools and supplies: Hi, guys. Welcome back. Let's see what All the board, all of the tools and supplies that people use for this class today. So, um, I have two sketchbooks basically, and one is used forward colors and the other one is used for things. So this is a cancer in a four sketchbook, and I mainly use watercolors on this. I do use things also, but more than things Are you smarter? Fela's. So I like the quality of this paper and the weight absorbs thes pigments. The colors are really vibrant. Noticed people. So I really like this sketchbook Now. The other one is useful things like I said, mostly used with ink on name. I also used brushes. Yeah, it's a three under GSM paper. This one is 1 40 I feel the quality is, uh, much better with the council people on. I like the way of canceling absorbs the pigment. So I highly recommend you to go for a camps in paper with 300 years. Let's look at the pressure that people use, mainly using all all their own brushes like 862 and zero. So I used this cap for the brushes so it just keeps Brazil's safe. I found them in the store. So what I got from them and I just keep it bristles. This is a darling cheesy little brush. It's definitely worth buying. I really recommended the the fine line to get with. This is just I really, really highly recommend this brush pins of as I use just favor castle artist pills. Um, indefinitely. We need a watercolors. I'm using a Vincent and Newton. Um, I have 45 colors. This pigments are really, really vibrant. I really like this. Next thing you know what? Water on a paper towel or any kind of mistakes that we will wipe out. Then we'll need ink for a class. I'll be using a Winsor and Newton ing you could also use in any things which you have been found. Do you think things? We need some lib and holder so you can check out whichever you like. I have a few lives which I use. That's what we need for this class. But is it 3. Class project: So let's see what the class project is all about. First things first, you need a reference image to start practicing. So for that one way is to keep the wedgie in right in front of you and then droid. Feel free to draw and paint at any angle off your choice. Once a reference image is ready, you need to start practicing using pencils. For that. Choose any type of pencils you're comfortable with to sketch the outlines of the veggie by practicing. Now, once you have finished practicing wedgies that it pained use for two colors that you haven't had to start. Painting these wedges loosely. I'm using a Windsor and Newton 45 colors. If you don't have so many colors, don't worry. Just beamed, using colors that you haven't had on. Feel free to explore color combinations using these colors that you have. Once you're finished painting these Betty's you need to give an out lightning using a pen so you could use a black men for outlining and maybe use some white pens for some details, which is completely according to your choice. Next thing you might need for outlining and leading is ink and nip thistles completely up to you. You could either choose things or pens for the tailings and outlines. Okay, so the second way off, selecting your reference images by going on interest, this is definitely not recommended. Their most recommended and suggested way would be your elections keeping your subject right in front of you. And they're drawing it. But just in case, if you don't want to do that and you will take a reference image, then I have created a board here, check on just typing anthology, and they end the idea. Change. I, Avery and Andi, you could go here on this Western photographic board. Then I have lots of images for you, just for you to, uh, start sketching. Take inspiration from this. You can always take inspirations from such images on photographs. So, yeah, I have a lot of images here, but you could just check in. If you like something, you won't try out one of thes Reggie, which is here. See? Here, this bridge in operation, it kind of looks really nice. You could take inspiration from the photo. You start sketching it using a pencil, and then once you're practiced, the shave off the Reggie stopped. What? Having it. Once you finish what you start giving outlines using. All right. So this is just another way that I wanted to show you where you could use a reference image . So that's it. Way are all set. So now you know, class project. And so let's begin. 4. Practice: Hello, friends. Thank you for joining in and welcome to the class before we dive in toward the less Let's get some practice and get to know our veggies. For this, you need to start sketching the basic shape and as many reveals as possible that you could find on the vegetable that you're planning to paint. There are a lot of these, which you can start drawing. You could either keep away right in front off you and draw it. Or you could take a reference image and dangerous. The best practice is always to keep the subject in front of you and then droid. But if you prefer using a reference image, you can click a photograph for yourself and then droid. Or the easiest way is to finally mention on the Pinterest. This is definitely not recommended, but as a big no on for practice. Even I have started off using reference images for practice to check out reference images. Definitely check out my Pinterest board on Monday. Savage in and I have made a bold for you, and the name offered is a vegetable photograph E. It has lower photographs of vegetables, which from which you can reference and drop. So once you sketch the subject with the pencil in your mind, the image is reflected. And you know by now how the shapers lines on the needles on that particular, which the next step is to make this reflection stronger, to get a better idea off the subject and to get yourself ready to start water, coloring the wedgies loosely with this strong image in mind. So for that you need to ink the pencil marks does you can do with ink and nip or by using pence. But this what happens is you make the image in your mind strong about practicing it twice, which will in turn help you with a better and clear understanding of the subject by using watercolors. So, friends, I strongly recommend you to start practicing before moving into what colors Now, just in case if you are a big night using pens and ink, I recommend you check out my class on anyone Can Portrait, which is a class on showing an easy tracing technique for making portraits basically, for people who love doing importance but who is not an exploitative our or just things that they do not have the talent to do portraits. So check out this class and I have a practice session there. There, I show some ways you've been practiced using pins. Um, and all right, so let's move on to the next class. 5. Baby Carrots: Hi, guys. Welcome to class first wedgie that we're gonna do today is baby carrots. So right from the practice session, we have an idea how the basic shape of carrot looks. So keeping this in mind, we need to just paint the shape of a carrot I'm using in yellow, a bright yellow for it. Now, while the seal was still wet, I'm adding in a little bit of orange and then just spreading it and blending it with this yellow. Make sure you don't really blend the orange too much into the yellow. You can just wash your brush, wipe it out, and then used us to blend really color. - I like being a lot think is one of my favorite color. If you check out instagram on well, you can find my feet with a lot of pink and while it colors in it, Yes, I think is one column chicken blend the spring before this orange dries off and then landed in such a way that you don't completely cover up this orange. I would like one car to be in orange color and other one to be Pinkola. One side where the light falls has to be a light in color, and the other side has to be dark in color. So, um, the side, but which clear? The shadow. That area you can give a more off the pink or more off or image and the other side. You can leave it lightly when you actually give more off color on one side, and then when you blend it towards, like towards the light area, you need toe, wash your brushes and then wipe it out slowly. Just blend this color from dark to light. And when you go towards the light area, you could still keep, you know, washing your brushes, wiping off. And then with that buddy like wet brush, you can just blend down towards the light idea. So this is how you can. You can blended smoothly from dark towards light. Once this is all dreidel, once the colors almost trying, all most like literally, almost you can and and a little more off the details, like with a very thin brush. Maybe you can use of fresh number two or zero, depending on the details. You're blind toe. Apply as in, as in the details that you will show so, yeah, added more off the deals using big way, way, way. Let's give a little more elements to speak carrot by painting in some use. I'm using a green and then join these small, small, tiny leaves. Means stems that's coming out of these carrots. - So as and when things gets dried, you could keep darkening it. You can, uh, make a doctor like how I'm doing right now. Just keep adding more and more leaves. Just keep darkening it. When the initial lines on these leaves are dried, you can keep into on top of it on Keep Making Dockers with it creates a really good effect , and it's called a better writing where your initial leaves that drone is on its completely tried, and then you paint on top of this already dried watercolor e. I hope you guys enjoyed painting this baby Catalyst dispute orange pink with green leaves and brown stands. I will be really liked it And yes, that's more to the next class. Then 6. Mushrooms: Hi, guys. Welcome back. So let's start painting mushrooms. This is our next wedgie. So for painting mushrooms, I'm using yellows and browns light brown and a doctor. Um, using a yellow color first pained the top portion of the mushroom. I'm painting this in such an angle so that the bottom portion is seen more. As you know, the bottom portion off the mushroom is darker. We need to apply moved rounds on the darker areas. Oh, using the light drowned, I am painting the stem off the mushroom and also applying some yellow under the mushroom for the four highlight in this area way next one. I want the A proportion off mushroom to be more prominent. So first I'm gonna give a light wash with the yellow and then create the shape the mushroom , and then you can add a little bit more off the brown to yellow and then blend it to get a shade on top. Next, you need to paint the stem with light brown and added the Doc Brown like this while it is still wit blended down and then keep it light as and when you go down way to add more off the ground when the extreme pain drives off. This means it's time for you to make it darker. So start applying more off dark brown, the duck toe, the dark areas. And this is way you can bring out the shadows on these marshals. Make sure you don't go overboard with the Doc Brown and then spoil the highlighted areas. So just keep the highlighted areas light and make sure you don't. I don't off Doc Brown on the stadium. Yeah, so you are done with beautiful mushrooms, so let's move on to the next class. 7. Garlic: Wait, guys. Welcome back. So next, which is that we're gonna do is garlic. Garlic is our Reggie number three. So, with a light brown paint the basic shape that you have a mind of garlic, you could even use a you know, go for this. I would also like to draw a small here, too. Just make sure you keep the bottom a little bit lighter. Now, while doesn't stay wet, you need to add a little bit off public gullah from the bottom and the top and let it blend slowly with base color. You could also blend in this public color, um, in the in the middle area. - Then this first layer has all dried off. It's time for us to add in the deals. So let's take our thin brush and start drawing in the media. I'm using a number two brush and I'm just drawing in these tiny detail that you see on garlic ports. I'm giving a small outlying too. It's okay with these lines are irregular. You don't You really don't have to be continues straight lines or something. So now I want to give a little more off the field and so I'm just calling at the bottom area and then just bringing these lines, drawing realeyes this I can show solutions of the Gallic cords just by millions of extra mind. Just called it a little bit at the bottom to show the death. Now you could add in 1/3 layer of publicarla. If you want to make it even more, doctor, and that's it. You're done with the Gallic bods. 8. Tomato: Hi, guys. Welcome back. So let's get some tomatoes painted. So for this, I'm using red and yellow in particular, and then some greens for the stem so you could use any green that you have in hand. I'm using a been Winsor and Newton 45 Taliban's, So I have a lot of teens in that. But it's not mystery that you need to use what I'm using. You could use whatever you happen hand you know, playing wrong with colors, if you like to. Yeah, just the only thing is that you need to just full of the process. Okay, so the first step is to paint the basic shape off the tomato using red color. And then I'm adding a little bit of yellow in the centre and blending. Blending would put these colors together orangish yellow shade at the center. So next time being released, stems and then I would also want some tomatoes from these stems, which will be overlapping each other. It's always better if you have a reference image in front of you. Give the debt reference image right in front of you, and then you start painting by looking at it so you have a better idea placements and stuff like that. A light outline using the red color to get 90 A. Off the placement of these tomatoes so that you would like that you would not make a mistake when you're doing these leaves. Yeah, so, yeah, keep keep a reference image, so that's very important. And also give a light outline using the red color to get 90 off displacements of these battles that you would want to paint later. One. Sit down with the's steps, as in green drives off. You can keep making it darker and also add in more leaves from behind in such a way that it's a loving each other. - When you keep making it DACA, use a thin brush to blend in these darker green towards the lighter area. - Now it's time for us to complete the tomatoes as we did for the first tomato. Just, um, ad yellow in the center, and then you could paint in red along the sites and then blended and a large it made much these two colors in the center. So yes, so just do the same process for all these tomatoes, whichever you have plant toe paint. Whatever you have in your reference image accordingly, just just complete the process for every tomatoes that you won't beat. - So once you're done with painting tomatoes, you can start applying some brown color to the to the sides to show the shadows to see the areas where tomatoes are overlapping and then at the brown and blended with the red color to get a smooth finish. All right, so you're done with the tomatoes and things can get back to the next place. 9. Capsicum: would you? Number five is skeptical. So let's start off with the red for capsicum. Yeah, I would say first is to get the shape down with a very light wash and dangerous day, you could create all the meetings. So capsicum has is awkward budget constitutions. So keeping this in mind, you have to paint it, paint the shape, likely using right. You can keep the center panel light as I want this part of the capsicum to be highlighted. The other two sides will be more darker. So for that I'm adding more red and then I'll be adding wrong for the shadows later. So this is like it's more like thes three panels are overlapping each other, So when you think it in that way, you can imagine how the light falls on these panels and from where the shadows are falling and where highlights a scene and things like that. So when you paint, think about all that and keep it in mind and then try to bring that into your illustration . First layer is first layer of paint has completely dries off, and now I'm planning to apply a second layer to get this even more doctor. So I want these just dis red to be really dark. So I'm adding in more red when this is completely dried off. I'm painting the skeptical from my memory, so it's more like a practice for me for painting loose veggies. But you could always use a reference image or even if you want, you could keep the wedgie that you're planning to paint right in front of you and then start painting it. So it's totally up to you. How you really want do this process. I just want to do it from my memory. So I would like to do it that way, right? So let's get this green stem down and then using a red ah, few extra Lucien's behind to show more volume for this caps ago. If you're not really comfortable in doing things from your memory, it's computing. All right, then you can just keep a capsicum right in front of you and then see how it looks and see all these divisions, how it's coming, and then you know you can being did that. - So now I would like to meet these more darker and since the second layer has dried off. I'm adding more red and bring out the shadows and the details that made the scalps come, Morial and lightly just keep blending and slowly, with a very light, moist brush. It's time for the shadows. And now my main shadow creator is the dark brown that I use for almost all my illustration . So apply this wherever you feel that it treats shadows. Now let's just leave it until it gets dried. In the meantime, you contained of capsicum that's cut at the center. I want to start it off with a yellow and then keep its out a portion in credit sieve. The details all elements scene inside. The capsicum is really light colored. And to get them right is why I started off using yellow. Now, once I draw these elements, Aiken just cover up the rest of the area with red and then add in brown to show more death on to bring in the shadows. Right? So we don't almost, and we can get back to the next class 10. Green Peas: peacetime people. It's wedging number six, right? So first is first as we did for all of the's previous Reg is. The first step was to paint in the basic shape. Eso here again, I'm painting it from my memory. So it's more like a practice for me to keep painting things from my memory. So I'm trying to bring in the elements in each Reggie and trying to put that onto the paper . So it's like a memory game for me. So you can try the same thing if you want or if you want you you could put a wedgie right in front of you, and then you can start painting it. So it's all it's completely up to you. How you really want to do it For me? This is like a fun game. So if you want to make it fun, you could also do that, do the same thing, tried to bring in the elements from your memory and then, you know, put on to the paper. So yeah, All right, So, um, so I want to show these green pea inside its shell, so I'm trying to show the highlights on each of these tiny, wimpy. And I want to keep the rest of the idea, Doc. So the area covering around around So the area covering around the these green peas will be DACA. So you can you can apply more dark green to these areas and keep the tiny, tiny green be light to show the highlights. All right, so, um, yeah, because, um, for the screen piece, I'm using sap green so you can use whatever green that you have heard or if you have really sap green. Just use that. - All right. So, yes, a Greenpeace is the easiest. I think among these veggies you can also tell me which what you did. You feel, uh, the easiest when you actually being two dead. Um, and which one was the hardest for you to paint? Just let me know in the comments. Yeah. 11. Cauliflower: Hi, guys. Welcome back. So for cauliflower, I'm starting off with a yellow color Andi paint. It's basic shape, like always this Isa step number one, which is almost like a circle with irregular bumps. So the shape is more like like a circle with irregular bombs. All right, I want you done with the shape off cauliflower. We can start painting in police. So that's like step number two. So here I am, having the reference image from what I drew from the practice session. So now I know the placement for the leaves, and it's strange. So currently I'm trying to paint them in. So again, for the leaves, you could just draw in the basic shape that you have in your reference image and then just fill in with the yellow and then later come back to it and fill in the details, right? So I'm just filling in the yellow for lives on. Then I can come back to it and a little yields. So once you're done with those, let them just dry for some time. And in the meantime, we can start off by applying the brown, the brown color onto the cauliflower. Uh, you would either create some dots or, in other words, I would say with a thick brush. Just dab dab your rush onto the cauliflower. Some irregular dots, Um, so this can help you give the texture on what you see on the cauliflower. So I want to keep this kid about portion light in color to show the light falling on it and create some highlights. And so you can apply more brown dots on the portions below the cauliflower, where the leads are kind of overlapping it in order to create some depth and to bring in the shadows. So that's the step number three for painting cauliflower. The reason why I'm going step by step for this is that I feel it could be a little bit difficult for you, as Cultura is what I feel a little complicated. Maybe it's not for you the same way, but just in case, if it's difficult, then this way I fall in these steps. It would be it could be done easier, but it could be painted easier. All right, so step number four is, too. Make the details for the leaves, so we need to make sure the yellow lines inside leaves are prominent, so for that you need to paint in such a way that the belief Wayne's are not being disturbed on. Do you need to imagine these leave veins that are that are being formed inside these leaves and then paint the area surrounding these rains in green. - The next is to darken. The initial brown irregular stroke separated before, so that would be our step number fight. But the thing is that at the stage, instead of just having the brush using a using thick brush just stopped drawing in small, short cut lines and dots using a thinner brush. So in in this way, you can creates small closed on the way. - No , I'll just finish off the leaves and then we are ready to move for our next case, right? See that? 12. Onion: the way. This is the last veggie that they're going to do today, as we did before. The first thing is to paint in the shape from the reference image that you haven't hand or from the practice session where we did the line drawing from the phony. Um, this helps you to get nine year of the shape Andi deals on that particular vegetable that is planning to draw or paint. So brewing the blind drawings initially and then coming back toe watercolors. This technique will definitely help you build the shape and the details when you use what colors to paint loose vegetables. So I strongly recommend you to try this out first before you dive into watercolors. Now you could start off with a yellow co and painting the shape. Then I'm using a pink and a wild color from my palate and blend them with a wet brush somewhere in the middle. You could makes blue on dread to get violent. If you don't have the sculler in your palate, don't panic just makes in red and blue to get this. So the second step is to create from details. Seal on the inside off onion Let's cut. So for that I'm using a tin brush number zero and drawing in the lines. Keep the freezing the length of these lines as when you towards the center. - If you want to show more vibrant details than you can just dark in these lines using the violet color. Similarly, you can fill in the next one with pink and violet and on blend them at the center and then add irregular lines to create the details. So that's it. We are done with lose vegetables. Now we need to get to the final detailing that is, using ink, so let's one. 13. Time for Inking: time for thinking. So we did our initial line drawing to get the idea off how each vegetable can be drawn before we start painting. This is done in order to understand the details, to shave the size, the length, how it looks at each angle, how it's placed if it's overlapping exit drugs, a drug. So basically we're planning out our drawing and understanding its structure before we dive into painting them loosely with watercolors. Next, we execute using watercolors and paint them loosely, keeping in mind structure on the leaders that we have practiced using line drawings off these vegetables. - Final detail ings that we're doing now on a bunch to your illustration. All you need to do is to add in some extra lines to your illustration. There is no strict rules for this. Actually, it's totally up to you to add these lines according to your legs. I'm doing this using nib ending. If you would like to practice on your thinking skills and if you want damn appearing king skills, I recommend you to take my class on. Anyone can portrait there. I have a practice session using neighboring Andi, even using pence, so you can check out that and see which medium you feel comfortable with before you come back and do the final thinking for the SLUss. - If you would like to check out my other classes, please do not forget to leave in a review or comment. So I get to know your thoughts on my class on. Please feel free to do the same for this class to just in case. If you're a person who likes food illustration than jump into my class on watercolor with me muffins where I teach you about how to draw beautiful muffin using watercolors and think so. I hope you enjoy this class. And I hope you enjoyed painting with me. Don't forget to share your projects in the project, Calvi. I would really love to see them. And I'm really waiting toe. See your projects. So happy painting people. And until next time Bye 14. Thank you and Bonus: so, thank you guys for joining me. And thank you for being a great support. Until now, I've John skill share as a student on right now. I've been teaching on skin share from last one year. I feel really happy and really proud for being able toe published five classes, fifth class being one, which just ended. I hope you really like the class to let me know your likes, your expectation, everything through your reviews and comments. And also let me know what topics you would like to learn from me coming of classes and also definitely opposed to your projects in the project. All right, so thank you so much. Once again, this is not a religion by okay ?