Tropical Fruit Series: WATERMELONS [course 1]. Paint Cute Food Postcards in Watercolor Like a Pro | Yana Shvets | Skillshare

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Tropical Fruit Series: WATERMELONS [course 1]. Paint Cute Food Postcards in Watercolor Like a Pro

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Welcome to Tropical Fruit Series. Let's paint a watermelon

    • 2. Materials you will need

    • 3. Drawing watermelon shapes

    • 4. Sketching a watermelon

    • 5. Choosing color palette for watermelons

    • 6. First layer of the watermelon

    • 7. Finishing the first watermelon slice

    • 8. Painting a second slice

    • 9. Intensifying colors

    • 10. Adding seeds

    • 11. Working on background

    • 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: Watermelon.

This is the first course in my exotic food art series, so jump in! Today we are painting colorful watermelon slices.


- How to compose and draw watermelon shapes.

- Main materials for watermelon painting.

- Colors you need to paint a watermelon and how to combine paint to achieve harmonious color mixes.

- Discover and practice wet on dry technique.

- Use layering technique to achieve depth in your artwork.

- How to finish your painting and make it look realistic.

- 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 previously 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!


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

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!

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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 Tropical Fruit Series. Let's paint a watermelon: Would you like to paint this exact watermelon? You can do it and you don't need any previous experience. Just follow my lead and you will paint all by yourself. And lovely watercolor postcard in the end of this course, welcome to exotic fruits. Watercolor series is a series of short courses where you will learn how to paint different tropical and colorful fruits while discovering main watercolor techniques. The end of each course you will get your very own postcard size painting of a fruit. Y series. Peers, I believe information is easier to digest in small portions like this mini paintings. Practicing each tropical fruits separately, you will get confident with watercolor as a medium with no stress. The series consists of nine courses devoted to nine different tropical fruits. All this 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. Together we will paint one big art for a combining all the fruits from the series. My name is Yana. I'm a professional watercolor artists with more than 10 years of experience. I'm also a full-time traveler, which gave me a chance to host watercolor workshops across the world. I have been regularly teaching classes in Thailand, Vietnam, hosting various arts events in cities, had traveled to. Working with students face-to-face gave me an insight into what they actually need, 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. Watercolor can be tricky and you need to know how it behaves, how to apply basic techniques and to master the unexpected turn of events. In this course. First of all, we will review art materials. You will need paper brushes, pains. You will learn how to select and mix colors to paint a nice and balanced watermelon postcard following the color mixing rules. And of course, you will learn how to paint a realistic routes that by step using main watercolor techniques. In fact, every course of the series will have the same structure. So you always know what to expect. By the end of this course, you will learn how to paint not a fat and an illustration of a fruit, but an actual fine art piece. Using a small formats such as a postcard, will help you relax and focus on learning techniques instead of worrying about covering a large paper sheet. And by the end of this tropical Fourier series, you will paint 10 exotic fruit artworks worth showing your friends. You will learn all the important watercolor techniques. Try additional tricks with masking liquid scratchy in and lifting paint and create your very own unique masterpiece. And don't worry, if you haven't been painting with watercolors before. We start from very simple fruits and compositions, gradually increasing the difficulty level with each course of the series. I show every step I take, explain the theory behind the process and support you at all times. Are you ready to paint this watermelons now, let's start. 2. Materials you will need: Let us discuss materials you will need today to paint watercolors, slices of watermelon. Let's start from paper. I'm using very small postcard type of favor. It's as MLT brand, 300 GSM thickness of the paper. So it's noticeably thick. Islam going to deform or become wavy or when I will paint, even though I don't plan to use heavy wet techniques, still would the 300 GSM. I can be sure that the paper will stay straight for me. And also this brand has a 100 percent cotton paper which absorbs paint really well and will help me move layers smoothly. However, if you don't have a 100 percent cotton, it's not a problem at all. You can use at cellulose paper. For example, Kansan. It's a really good student quality paper that will allow you to paint exactly the same artwork. And for the texture, I will suggest you to use cold press type of texture which has a little bit of a tooth, but not too much of that has sugar in it. So it's not going to show on your painting too much. However, the size of both vapor blocks. And it's kind of like a postcard size. So I hope you will enjoy painting on them. Also, just do, do use piece of paper to test your colors to find the best combinations before you actually apply it on your watercolor paper. And here I have just a regular piece of paper where I will show exactly how I paint the slice of watermelons. I will use today only one brush. It's synthetic brush with a pointy end. For just Moses. It says Size 8. However, every grant have their own way of marking their brushes. So you can see it's not really big and it keeps the shape really well. So it will allow me to work on details as well as on main washes. For the pencil. I'm using automatic pencil, but if you don't have one, you can use a regular pencil. Just make sure that it's hard. So it should say H on it, h2, h4, whatever you prefer, but better to have a hard pencil instead of the soft one so that your outline stays straight. Also, if you erase your sketch often you can use a kneadable eraser. It's very good quality eraser that allows you to lift your pencil line instead of damaging the actual paper when you use a regular eraser. If you do use a regular eraser, make sure that you don't use it. Two of them. I have a little spray to revive my watercolors, which are all here in my palette already squeezed. Prepare some space, cleaner you need to. And for the colors, we will need 3D limited color palette today. And it's really just three main colors, but we will discuss it in more detail in the next lesson. Let's go. 3. Drawing watermelon shapes: Before we start, let's talk about shapes. What exactly we are going to paint. And for that, I will like to take a piece of paper and discuss it with you. Faint in the slice of the watermelon is technically, well, it just painted triangle. However, here in the painting, I would like you to pay attention to the corners. If typical triangle has sharp edges, our triangle will be soft. This is going to be the main difference between doing geometrical shape and painting as lice or watermelon. Also. It depends what type of slice you will choose from the reference. But some of the sizes, you can see a little bit of a side over here. This visually gives the feeling of volume in the painting. So if you want, you can add this tiny little side of the watermelon to show that it's three-dimensional. And of course, every slice of watermelon has this separation between red part and a green part. Summer here. In watercolor, we're not going to define this line at all. Basically what we will do is we'll cover the whole flesh of the watermelon all the way down to this line. And just leave it be, will not separate red from green or white over here. On purpose with the line, we will just blend the wash, go all the way here and let it dry. We'll make it look more nature, but that we will discuss in the next lesson. Okay, so no matter what type of slice of the watermelon you will choose, just remember that the corners of the watermelon slice should not be very sharp and don't do this. I tried to make it softer like that. And connect with a slightly banded line. Okay, Let's sketch. 4. Sketching a watermelon: I'm sketching with automatic pencil. The line is going to be very delicate. And when you dispatch, make sure that you do not pressure you have until way too much to avoid dark hard lines because it's very difficult to erase them. Afterwards. I'd pick the slides that where we can actually see a little bit of a side over here, just like I talked before in the previous lesson to make sure that we show the three-dimensionality of this slice. Also, I'm carefully marking the area between red part and whiteboard just to know how far we have to go with thread. But again, make sure that your line is super light, almost invisible and you can't even see it by yourself. To avoid this pencil line shine through your watercolor layer. And just for the Arieti of this painting, I decided to add tiny parts of the other slices here just to make it more playful. And let's paint. 5. Choosing color palette for watermelons: Before we start painting, we should discuss the colors that we're going to use in this painting. And of course, you can't ignore the fact that it's very, very limited color palette. And technically we will only be using three colors, red, green, and black. However, it depends what type of Fred, what type of green. You're going to use. This affect your final result. So let's talk about that. For example, for red, I can use cadmium red color. It's very nice, warm red, but also at the same time I have bright red. Those two colors are very similar. However, they have slightly different pigment content. One has just one pigment inside the admin thread 108, and another one has two pigments inside, pigment red 254 and pigment orange 73. To know the difference. The only way to non-defense is to just bend them next to each other and see how they look like. So I'm taking cadmium red and you can see it's nice, warm red color. And right next to it, I'm going to swatch little bit of bright red. Only when two colors next to each other you can see the difference between the don'ts. While one is more learn and another one is color leaning towards big sort of tongue. Technically, it doesn't really change for us what type of red we're going to use in this painting. The most important thing is that the slicer watermelon has really nice warm red color in it. And this is the important thing that we need to remember because there's a lot of other red colors in the palette, like for example, here I have also read from shin. But if I will swatch it right next to the other two, you'll see that this color is very different. This red is leaning towards pink rather than nice warm red. That's why this color is not going to work well with our paintings. So when you will look for the red color for this painting, make sure that you use nice, warm red color. Next, let's talk about green. In my collection, I have emerald green color. I can use it as is. However, I think it's a pretty boring colors to use in the painting. So how about we mix our own green color? This is a difference. And as we know, you can create your own green color by mixing blue and yellow. For example, how about we tried to mix cadmium yellow with blue in tantrum. I take cadmium yellow and blue trend. And you need to find the perfect combo, the perfect amount of each color to achieve. Green. As for me in this green color is not going to really fit the painting that we are going to do. It looks more like a grass. So this color would work well in the landscape painting, but not in the dark. So let's try a different combination of yellow. For example, gamboge, yellow and blue. For the blue. And here you see a tremendous difference between the two green colors that we created ourselves. This one is very bright, vibrant and juicy. And this one is calm. Kind of natural looking, like a grass looking type of green. So you understand the idea of trying different yellows and blues, mixing them together and finding the one in green that will work best for our painting. As for me, I'm going to stick probably to this mix. And sometimes I will just add a little bit of pre-made emerald green paint from the tube. And of course finally, to paint the seeds when you're black. And I'm going to use neutral that. Remember that using black color on its own is not a very good idea because this color is pretty flat and it doesn't really show the depth of the artwork that we want to show. So usually by color is used as additional colors to make your mix a little darker or point out the details. That's exactly why we're going to use this black. All right, so now we can start painting. 6. First layer of the watermelon: Today we're going to use two techniques, wet on dry and layering. We'll start from wet on dry, which is one of the most basic techniques in watercolor. Which means that you take a brush with lots of water and paint in it and apply your paint right away on the paper without making the paper wet before. So in the paper is dry, but your brushes web. The first layer. That's what we're going to do now. I take my brush with water is very watery and I'll start to apply my first layer. You can see because my brush carries lots of water, It's very easy for me to move. The paint. Doesn't dry, do fast, and at the same time doesn't create sharp outlines or edges. Everything is pretty smooth. I want to make the bottom here softer, so I raise my brush. I rinse the excessive water from it. And underneath. I'm just stroking align with this brush. Kind of diluting the bottom, making red color bleed a little bit down the page. This will make the watermelon flesh body look more natural here in the bottom, rather than having a sharp line. Also, I will need to add a tiny bit of green to my red to create a darker tone of thread. We do this because of the mixing rule. You need to add a complimentary color to create a darker tone. And we know that complimentary color, which is opposite to read, is green. And with this darker tone, I just wanted to sort of show the texture of the watermelon. I don't want it to look completely flat. That's why we need to create some shadows and textures. Also, you remember this side on the left, this tiny little part that we added to show the width of our slice to make it look three-dimensional, this part need to be a little bit darker. So with a darker tone of red. I am creating this side of the watermelon. Make sure that this part is not too dark. Then make it black. Don't make it brown. It should be darker. Tone of red. Here we go. Red part of the watermelon is ready and now we can move to the bottom. 7. Finishing the first watermelon slice: Here with the bottom, remember that this distance between the end of the red part, in beginning of green, the distance is very light, almost white. That's why we're not going to cover it at all. And we will start from the color combination we discussed before. I'll start from yellow. It's going to be also very watery yellow. So make sure that your brush has lots of water. And if you're lying was dry and your stroke turn out to be dry, you can dilute it with a wet brush. And at the same time, you can start applying some green. And I start from the bottom. I'd like to point out that I didn't start from top down, but from the bottom. This way I make sure to create softer connection between my green and the yellow. And this will add in a tiny drop of red to my green, makes it darker. It's the same effect, just the vice versa. What we did before with red make it darker. Now we're making green dark. And in complimentary color. Our bottom of the watermelon is ready. 8. Painting a second slice: Before moving to our next technique which is layering, we need to wait for the watermelon to be fully dry. That's important because layering technique will be used to paint the seeds and to paint the scenes. We want to make sure that our brush is dry and paper is dry as well. So that the outline is nice, crisp, and clear. Because if the paper is wet and we drop some black for the seed, the color will just blend everywhere if the paper is wet. So let's leave it to rest and pain to the other two slices of what amounts. The approach is the same. We take a lot of watery, watery red and apply it on the area where we have our outline. For the word amounts. Right away we can use darker tone. Remember, add in a little bit of green to your red will make red darker. Adding the darker tone right away, we'll make sure that the stroke is very soft. The layers mixed together nice and smoothly, and we don't have sharp lines anywhere. I would also like to make it. The second slice is ready. 9. Intensifying colors: While we were working on these two slices, our first slice got completely dry. And you can notice that watercolor got lighter. So the color is not as implants and bright anymore as it was before. And this is very common for watercolors. So what you can do here is to just let it be and leave it the way it is. Or you can add another layer of red to make it more intense. I'm going to show you how I take red on my brush and make sure there's a lot of border in my red. And I'm applying another layer. However, I don't want it to be completely opaque. So some places it will be very concentrated red and some places it will be more transparent watering. Now because we intensified our red, we also need to intensify the shadow here on the side. So I'm mixing darker tone and reapplying darker tone here on the side. Okay, and now we just need to live it to dry. 10. Adding seeds: Now that the sheet is completely dry, we can move on to painting the seeds. And here, as I mentioned before, we will apply the layering technique. Technically, we already use it in the previous lesson when we apply the second layer of red on top of already dry slice. Now we're gonna do this again, but with the seeds. So I'm taking black neutral rug. And first, I would like to apply a very light and watery type of paint for those seats that are not exactly on the surface. They're not very reasonable. So I would like to make them not so concentrated and dark. I will also add a couple of seats on our other slices. And with a very dry, concentrated pigment on my button on my brush, I will add another seed that is sharp, vivid, noticeable, and clear. And even though it's not really on the reference, I will just place another one here from the right to him. All right. Ready. 11. Working on background: It would be weird to leave our watermelon slice is just applying the year. So how about we add a little bit of a shadow. I'll take blue and then trend blue in my case. Mix it with my dark red that was already in my palette and create a shadow right under my slice. I'm intensifying the shadow with watery black. And here's the important thing. I wash my brush, a rinse it over the dishes. And now with the semi wet brush, I am diluting the bottom of my line that I just painted. This way. I want to create nice and smooth feeling of that shadow. It doesn't look cut out. I'm adding a little bit of a reddish tone into the shadow, which will make it look more natural because the watermelon is red, so it makes more sense that the shadow has sort of a reddish tone in it as well because this red is reflecting in the bottom. And here is another approach to the same part. First, we can just water, just pure water. And then we can add the shadow effect will be very similar. Your line will be nice and smooth. And with the darker tone, almost black. I would like to under line the shadow here. If you feel like the shadow turnout too big, you can dilute it with a fresh or semi wet brush. And with the tissue you can literally erase the party-like. Make it smaller. Just for today. 12. Your Class Project: I hope you enjoyed painting these watermelon slices with me. And your class project will be to choose any slice you want from the reference photo and painted. You can do the same as I did. You can paint this little slice with two more on aside, you can choose any other you prefer and please do submit it in this class. So I will be very happy to give you feedback and also, don't forget that soon, I will release the next course where we will paint yummy papaya.