Tropical Fruit Series: MANGO [course 5]. Paint Easy Food Postcards in Watercolor Like a Pro | Yana Shvets | Skillshare

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Tropical Fruit Series: MANGO [course 5]. Paint Easy Food Postcards in Watercolor Like a Pro

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Welcome to this course!

    • 2. Materials you need to paint mango

    • 3. How to draw mango shapes

    • 4. Color palette for mango painting

    • 5. Let's sketch a mango and slices

    • 6. First layer on the mango

    • 7. Adding a leaf

    • 8. Painting the first slice

    • 9. Painting the second slice

    • 10. Painting the middle slice

    • 11. Background and splashes

    • 12. Your class project

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About This Class

If you love painting food art - you are in the perfect place!

Welcome to Tropical Fruit Series: Mango!

This is the fifth course in my exotic food art series, so join us!



- How to draw different mango shapes.

- How to pick materials to paint your mango postcard.

- Limited color palette to paint realistic mangoes.

- Practicing main watercolor techniques such as wet on dry and wet on wet.

- How to create depth and add volume to your painting using a layering technique. 

- How to naturally create shadows.

- And more!


I prepared 10 courses that are interconnected: during the first 9 courses, we will discover techniques and secrets of painting various fruits step by step.

I will release each course one after another so you are not overwhelmed with the amount of content.

Following my course series, you will paint 9 single fruits: watermelon, papaya, dragon fruit, passion fruit, star fruit, figs, guava, mango, durian.


After painting each fruit separately and mastering watercolor techniques, I will release course #10 where you will apply all previous knowledge learned into a masterpiece

We will compose our own piece and paint all the fruits we've been practicing during this tropical fruit series! This is a sneak peek into how my master piece turned out ;)


At the end of this course, you will get a lovely postcard-size painting of mangoes.

The reference image for this course is in Class Project.

And by the end of this course series, you will have 9 little postcard artworks of different exotic fruits AND a large masterpiece with all the fruits you've been practicing!

Your skills will improve gradually while you are having fun painting fruits!

Let's start!


PS This is the fifth course of my Tropical fruit series. If you haven't watched the previous courses I recommend starting from the beginning:

Course 1 - Watermelon

Course 2 - Papaya

Course 3 - Dragon Fruit

Course 4 - Figs

Meet Your Teacher

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Yana Shvets

Paint.Travel.Take a risk


Born in Ukraine, raised in travel. 
I am a professional watercolor artist, full-time traveler and a salsa lover ;)
After a burnout in the office, I hit the road without any plan and since 2014 I've been travelling around the globe, visiting different countries & settling down for a few months (sometimes years) in different cities. My watercolors are inspired by places I've visited and people I've met.

You can follow my travel-inspired adventures on Instagram.


My original paintings and prints of those are available for sale if you appreciate art on your walls ;) 
I am open for commissions and happy to create an artwork that will inspire you, have an impact on your family or become a gift for beloved ones. Just hit me a message.

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1. Welcome to this course!: Hi and welcome to my watercolor tropical forest series. Today we're painting mangers. Here you will learn basic and most common watercolor techniques such as wet on wet technique, wet on dry and layering. Having only three panes, you will discover all the variations of tones you can create to paint realistic and three-dimensional longer, you will softly connect three different colors in one layer, creating an intriguing mango scheme. You will work on the composition realistically place and mangoes slices in the foreground. You will figure out when and how to avoid colors bleeding into each other and when it will be actually beneficial for the painting. This course is based on theory, so you will be able to apply the knowledge in your next paychecks instead of just guessing you every step. And now more about tropical fruits series. The mango with slices is the fifth course of this series. We already touched some watercolor basics with a watermelon, upaya, dragon fruit and fixed. I recommend you check them out and follow courses of this tropical series in a chronological order. Every class opens up a little more knowledge and secrets about watercolors so you can grow gradually and with no stress. Practicing each tropical fruits separately will also help you gain confidence with watercolor as a medium. And at the same time, you won't get overwhelmed with the large complicated pieces. The series consists of nine independent courses devoted to nine different tropical fruits and relaxed fruit will be a bit more challenging and exciting to work on. All this is leading to a final course number ten, where you will apply all the knowledge and skills you've learned so far into creating a masterpiece. And about me. My name is Yana. I'm a professional watercolor artist and I want you to start painting with confidence. You can do it and you don't need a special background for it. I've been painting with watercolors for more than 10 years. And I'm also a full-time traveler, which gave me a chance to host watercolor workshops across the world. I have been regularly teach and cross classes in Thailand, Vietnam, and hosting various arguments and cities had traveled to. Working with students face-to-face gave me an insight into what they actually need and what difficulties with watercolor they have. And now I know how to help them best. That is exactly what I'm going to teach you in this series of courses. Are you ready to paint this mangle with me? Let's start. 2. Materials you need to paint mango: And you're ready to paint mangers. Here is what you will need for this artwork. So let's start from paper. I have really small postcard type paper box of different brands. You can use cellulose paper, watercolor, like for example, Kansan. Or you can go with the, a 100 percent cotton paper like I have here from S MLT. It's a 100 percent cotton professional grade paper. It will definitely enhance your results and influence the final painting that you will have. But if you don't have access to cotton paper, this is not a requirement for this painting. You can go with the regular cellulose paper. The important part is that you choose the texture that is not very noticeable. So it's cold pressed or hot pressed. And I will suggest you to avoid rough type of texture because it will shine and show through your watercolor layers. The thickness of the paper is 300 GSM. So it will allow our paper to stay straight without buckling and the forming. Of course, you can stop it with the tape directly to the table or cardboard. I didn't really see the point in doing it as we are not going to use lots of techniques. But if you're just like to have a nice tidy data frame, white frame in your painting. Go for it. The paints we're using. Here, I have them all squeezed in mind, but I do have different type of brands from rosa to senior year. Two beats or a new time. You can go with any student grade watercolor is that you have available the color palette and will be very limited. We're going to use just a couple of colors and mix our own colors by ourselves in more detail. I'll discuss it in the next lesson. The brushes you will need is really just one. I'm showing you the both Data types of synthetic brushes. One with the pointing and another one less. So. However, you will really need just one. Its small size or middle sized brush, just enough to work on layers in at the same time, it's good enough to work on details because of the pointy end. Synthetic brush is good for this painting if you have natural approach that good as well. But remember that nature or branch releases much more water than synthetic brush. For the sketch, I'll be using automatic pencil because unlike house thing, it can draw the line. If you don't have it, you can use a regular pencil. Just make sure it's hard, not solved so that your lines are nice, neat thing. If you need to erase anything in your sketch, you can use kneadable eraser. It's really good eraser for removing any sorts of lines without damaging the paper. If you have a kneadable eraser, you can go with, of course, regular one. Just do not use it too often to keep your preferred safe. I have a little sprayed to revive watercolors if you haven't used it in a long time. Of course, tissues to correct any mistake if there will be any and bucket of water. And also don't forget to have a separate piece of paper to practice and makes your water color mixes. Sorry for repeating this. Yes. If you need to find your color combination, you will need to try it on a different type of paper. Okay, let's move on. 3. How to draw mango shapes: And traditionally, us first discuss the shapes and forms we're going to draw for our mangoes. So here as you can see, the mango has more of an oval shape. The mango I picked for this class. It's not the traditional perfectly mango. This one is the mango that you can find in Thailand where I used to live. That has very interesting color combinations. So as you see on the reference, we have quite a few colors here. Because the source of the light is coming from here. This is going to be our highlight, highlight. This whole part is kind of greenish, yellowish. And then here is a shadow, and here it's bright red color. The overall shape is sort of an oval. Not not a perfect circle, just an overall, maybe a little bit pumped. Here on top. There's this little tail with the leaf. You prefer to draw it. And of course, the interesting thing, the slices, slices of mango, they are covering the bottom of the main mango just a little bit, which shows us the depths of the painting because if they were below, that would not look very neutral. Now because the front slices cover our main Mongo, we can have this feeling of perspective. And this feeling of perspective is enhanced with the side of each slice that we can see here. So each slice looks at us and each of them has turned a little bit on a side showing us the skin. And the slice on the left shows us the skin the most. Then the slice in the middle shows a skin a little less. And the last one doesn't show it at all. And this again gives us the feeling of perspective. Moves the slides towards us and away from us by showing us some portion of the skin. I think it's personally for me. This is the interesting part in this painting, and I hope it will be interesting for you. Let's discuss colors. 4. Color palette for mango painting: Is usually in our exotic fruit series, the colors are limited. The color palette is limited to only going to use about three colors. Let's discuss them. So we'll go with yellow for the inside of the mango, red for the skin. And the red part of this kindle, the manga and yellow, which is kinda like yellow transitioning, sorry, I'm saying green, green transitioning to yellow in the left side of the mango that I was mentioning before. So those really are the colors that we're going to use. Of course, I will tap into some other colors while painting. I don't know which one those will be yet because it's kind of improvisation on my end. But I feel looks better. But maybe it will be drops of brown in a darker side. And the shadow. Maybe it'll be some orange for intensity of the color of our mango. But as I said, we will figure this out as we go. Now let's test the colors. Yellow. I would like to take us to take warm yellow. So Cadmium do not use lemon yellow because cold, cool color and I feel like our Mango has very warm and nice and soft yellow color inside. It kinda as well. Move between yellow and for example, orange. So we can play around with those two. But as I said, that's optional. As well as dropping some sort of madder brown or burnt sienna just for the shadows. Then the main hall, mango, has a variety of colors, red and the green one I would like to start from is emerald green. However, it's very, very juicy and vibrant. And I would like to kind of dilute it with more of a yellow tone. And here I'm using cadmium lemon. So to mix up and dilute the green, I decided to go with lemon. It gives us a very nice feeling, similar to what we see on the photo. And then transitioning towards brown, brownish, which is mother brown in my case, if you don't have it, you can use burnt sienna, for example. I would like to mix it up with some orange or maybe some cadmium yellow to see how it looks like and whether if I liked the final tone. Which seems to me pretty okay. And I can use that for our shadowed part of demand gone. And finally, the red part of the mango is cadmium. Cadmium red. Or I can also go with a different type of friend, like for example, right? Fired type of red, which is little cooler. But we'll see how things go. I think for now cadmium is just fine, but maybe our team in mind, too, a little bit cooler. Red as we speak. And the tip of the mango will be brown. So I'll, we'll be using burnt sienna. And the leaf is green bugs, pretty dark green. So to make it darker, add a little bit of Fred and we know that the complimentary color to green is red. So if we want to make green darker, we need to add complimentary color. That's what I did, and that's how we got this nice and deep green tone. Alright, so the colors are clear, mixes are ready. Let's sketch. 5. Let's sketch a mango and slices: I'm choosing landscape format for this painting. That's why I have my paper sheet like this. Right in the center. That will be our big hole. Mango. I'm not going to finish it here, but as I showed before on the pen drawing, although you can draw an oval first and then and the slices later, whatever is more convenient for you. I'm trying to not push my pencil too hard to avoid dark line, but I still draw very, very dark compared to how it should be, so that you can see on the video. But in your sketch, please do not pressure your pencil too hard. Your lines shouldn't be very thin, almost invisible. And you wanted to make sure that pencil line is not going to show through your watercolor layers. Now I'm pressing the general outline. We're ready to move on. 6. First layer on the mango: I erased the lines almost completely on purpose, so do not worry if you didn't see my sketch anymore. I really need to make sure that the pencil line is pretty much invisible. Otherwise, it will be very noticeable under a yellow color, which is very light and transparent. Now, let's talk about the techniques today. We're going to use the wet-on-wet technique to paint the Big Mac, go the whole mango, and to achieve nice smooth connections between all three colors. So first time appliance, clean water. And I applied only in the area or the mango is. So I'm not going, I'm not touching the slices. I'm going all the way close to them, to the border. And that's it because the water is your natural guide and we do not want to bring the paint into the area of the slices. We only want the color, the main mango. So now I'm mixing my yellow slash screen and drop in some paint. Also remember that here we have a highlight, so I'm not covering the mango completely. I leave literarily white blank spot uncovered with paint. If you're accidentally covered. If they can take a tissue and literally lift the pigment to make the space larger. And move on. Here in the bottom, a little bit of red, so I'm just dropping it carefully, painting around the slices. And as I mentioned before, I think I'm just going to go with bright red, which is more vibrant than cadmium, but also a little cooler. And it's probably going to represent the skin of our Mango a little better. Here we go. I get a pretty thick layer of thread. Our Mango is really, really bright. And the same time I am playing around and injecting some other tones, like for example, cadmium yellow, but when it's touching, read it becomes orange. So I'm doing that on purpose. And since the paper is what our layers connect smoothly and nicely. If they don't, you can help them with some of my brush. And I feel like I can intensify little bit the color here by adding little bits of very transparent yellow to make the predator really quickly mixing darker tone of red by adding grain to my red. Darker tone, which is red, has a complimentary color, which is green. But I also want to add a little bit of orange to it. For the variety. Added here where we have the shadow. Make sure your brush doesn't carry a lot of water. Because if it does, you will dilute and lift previous layer. So obviously not. But at the same time, casting the shadow. As we move on. 7. Adding a leaf: So while our main mango is getting dry, I am going to paint the tail here and leave. I don't really want to go into much of the detail. Here. I'm just marking the main mass of this little stick. And move on to painting the leaf. The highlighted area, whiteness of the paper and shadows on the leaves. The leaf is not my main concern. That's why I am not really bothered with showing some details or textures or anything. I'm just literally working with the tones, highlights and shadows. And that said, without really going into any specifics here. 8. Painting the first slice: Now, only continue with the next step if you're sure that your paper is completely dry, if your paper is still wet, it's important to wait until it is dry. It can use a hairdryer to speed up the process. But you need to be sure that everything here is dry because now we are going to work on this license and Bill we use but on wet technique again. And it will touch the border of our Mango, which can make this leak inside into our orange slice, which we don't want to happen. And it will happen if your layer is still wet. So clean water first, I'm only applying it on the yellow part of the slice. Then I take my cadmium yellow, Go for it. Now to keep the water calorie look, I would like us to paint the skin right away. And we're going to touch this yellow part, which will make it bleed into the yellow parts. And I'm gonna do this on purpose because I like the effect that is going to give us. So I mixed my yellow with red to get orange. Also take a little bit of pure red, the same as I used here. The skin touching yellow layer. By doing so and causing them to bleed into each other. And again, I'm doing this on purpose with a darker tone. I am marking the shadow here and the bottom. Important difference that I don't want the dark tone to leak into yellow, only. This one, the red one. Also at the same time I'll drop a little bit of super transparent light. Drops of orange. It will smoothly bleed into my yellow term. Given me this feeling of the texture of the slice. That's our first slice that's moved to the next one. However, the next one will be not in the middle, but this one on the side. Because if we do the middle one, this whole layers will also bleed into each other. And as for now, I don't want it to happen. 9. Painting the second slice: So same thing. Just water first. Then yellow. Then really in the bottom. And this yellow turns into orange, add a little bit of orange and just let it bleed. And in the very, very bottom it's pretty much read. The thing. Pointed brush. When the tip of my brush, I'm just outlining the skin of the slice. Let the paint bleed and do its job. The next step would be to pain the middle one. But I'll use a hairdryer to make sure that my two slices are completely dry. First. 10. Painting the middle slice: So my paper is completely dry and I don't have to worry about my previous washes to bleed into the middle slides that I'm going to work on right now. I just clean water, apply it on the slides, get a new jello and drop it into where I just placed some water. And then I'm mixing cadmium yellow with red orange stone and apply it in the bottom. Since the layers are wet, the color is just blend smoothly into each other. Sometimes I need to help them in terms of the direction. So I rinse my brush over the tissue with almost dry, semi wet brush. I am moving the layers, swing the bottom. I am showing this king. So the red color I used here and there, I am now using again to paint the skin. Also bottom here is a little darker, some darkening, deepening the tone with a darker color, more kind of Brown. Finally, the skin with a very concentrated red, dark red mixed with green and even drop of black. I'm painting the bottom. And I will intensify the bottom for the other ones. Over here. We're almost done. There's the final part is to paint the shadows and splashes. 11. Background and splashes: For the shadows, the same approach. First animal apply clean water right under each slice where I want the shadow to be. Then I'll take the mix of red with some green to make it darker. Orange. So basically all the colors you use. Painting. Place it right underneath. Now, I clean my brush, reads it over the tissues so it's almost dry. Correcting the shape of my shadows or improvising. So now I want to take the most concentrated and darkest tone to place the shallow right under, because right under the object the shadow is the darkest. So here, here and there, the shadow would be the darkest. However, it is way too much. So I am correct. And it either with tissue who lived in the pigment completely or with my brush just removing and softening the edges. Even though I quite fancy colors, the color spread. I still think it's a good idea because it's quite distracting. And of course, I'm favorite. 12. Your class project: Well, I hope you had fun painting this Thai mango. It's very special, Amanda to me because I used to live in Thailand and it was part of my diet for every day. Anyway, this has been fun. And if you have any questions, please do let me know. I will be very happy to answer the questions or help you out to give you the feedback. The class project will be to paint the mango and please don't forget to submit it. Also, the next course, we are going to paint guava. Stay tuned.