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Watercolor Summer Fruits : The Avocado

Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

Watercolor Summer Fruits : The Avocado

Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Applying Your Base Colour

    • 3. Adding Depth

    • 4. Skin and Seed

    • 5. Layering The Seed

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It's summer time and if you are in search of easy quick watercolour classes join the Watercolour Summer Fruits Series. A demonstration of fruit illustration through watercolours and easy for anyone to learn. This class breaks down easy fruit illustration starting with the Avocado and using only 3 colours. Let's begin!

What You'll Need : 

*Watercolour set

*Paintbrushes in small, medium (and large if possible)

*Watercolour paper

*Pencil and eraser

*Clean Water

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: Hi. Welcome toward a color. Some of fruits for this class. We're going to start off with the avocado and I'm going to show you how to pay into the fruit in a really quick, easy way. Grab you a watercolor tubes cake sets your brushes running from small to large sum watercolor paper and clean water. Super quick, Super fun, Super easy. Let's get started. 2. Applying Your Base Colour: we're going to start by first. Finishing off. Drawing our avocado on the avocado is generally an oval shaped fritz. The top is more rounded and wider than the bottom, so it's wider at the top. Man in narrows down and closer to the top. You draw recedes, so he see dips as little tip at the end. No, just gold around all the way up oval shape, kind of like an egg. Then you have you seen close to the top, and the seed is more rounded and wider. If you look over here, if you're not really sure how it's supposed to look, just look at a picture of an avocado. It's very easy. These are the cause. I'm gonna be using an evergreen, and I'm gonna be using this lime green. The screen has a little bit of blue in its end. Doc brown and brown with a little bit of red in its to just add a little bit of warmth and the's of the colors. So just go over them again. And evergreen dark green, a lime green, a green with blue added to its dark brown and a brown added with red attitudes. So Let's get started, have my brushes here and my what a colored tubes Because we would be using greens, the browns in the black for when I want. Like a doctor told similar and whites. So any type before the colors works whatever you prefer, whatever you find easier. And I'm going to start by applying the light green. So this green, actually it comes as it is in my watercolor sets. But if you want to mix this, you can just take your dark green and adds yellow and a little bit off white to it. So it's very, um against the best color to use is lying, and I'm painting all around the shape and I'm adding a lot off. Water is very watery. This is just your first base, so your first base is very war tree, and you just paint around the edge off the whole shape first, and then we start to go in around the seed in the center. Very watery. Don't use a lot of paint yet, and then we start to add the paint in certain places, not all over to just pick areas in your avocado. We start to add the color again. Very Ward ST sort of like a you want you want the pain to be very, Um, I don't know if this is the right word. Blotchy. That's what she wants. So you're not necessarily painting streaks. You just like blotting the paper with your brush and the and the paint's so added around here on the side, and you want to use the technique off bleeding, so you want your paints to look as if it's bleeding into the into. The paper is bleeding onto the rest of the whole shape, and how you achieve that is by adding a lot of water and just letting your pain to run. That's definitely what you want to do. You just let it run because it will create a pretty cool effect. 3. Adding Depth: then we're gonna add some depth, which basically means just gonna layer in top off our base with a docker green. And as you can see, I am using a lot of water in my paints. Very award street, and I just smoothly or softly just paint all around. And then I go back and I blend right on the edges. So there's a lot of patting on blotting you want to paint to bleed, so I guess it's best to adhere. If you're a beginner, you definitely want to use watercolor paper. I'm just using a heaviest set of paper because if you're a beginner, you this is a very ward. Stream illustration were doing so if you don't use what a color paper you have to have just be used to working to painting lunges, paper cause the paper will quickly get crinkly and will be difficult that you have to know how to work it just to make it easier for you. Just stick with watercolor paper. So just doing on the other side, the opposite side all the way around, I am painting with the stock green and, as you can see him, leaving the center pretty clear. I'm not painting in the center. Most of my paint is on the edge, off the fruit all the way around, and I am using a medium sized brush. I'm adding my water, and then I blend on the ends right here at as much water as you can or as your paper permits, I should say, And the key here is to to have the dark green bleed into the the light's green parts. So it's almost a ziff. You poured a little bit of the dog green right and top off the light green in here, if you can. If you look closely, it's I bleeding. That is the effects that you want to have right here. So for this effect, definitely it works much easier for with largest size brushes because they absorb a lot of the water. So any place around them on the paper, all the water just runs out. This is perfect. I'm gonna go back and add a little bit more firm light green because I want the two toes to bleed into each other. See, have the you have, like a really vivid brights, um, avocado at the end, keep it really would feel the way and add more color around the seed. And this is just a really fun illustration that you can do in your spare time would even take you more than 50 minutes. So easy and it's relaxing and you can even do it while watching TV. 4. Skin and Seed: I'm going to finish off the skin and went to the seed. So I am going to paint with the dark green all the way around the fruit so the fruit is going to have a come a thin layer right around it. And that is the skin that you would see if you cut your fruits and then you're looking down on it from an aerial view essentially paid all the way around. And I'm using a smaller brush, and what I've done is I dipped the brush in water than a flat in it so that I get that shape. So makes it easier for me to just paint all the way around. Looks like a paddle shapes. You just squeeze your brush between your fingers. When it's wet, dip it in the paint and off you go. And the more you paints bleeds, the better. You could always go back to refine the dark line is I'm doing right in top off where it had bled earlier. I was gonna add a bit more color on the sides. If you feel like a certain area needs more color, just admiral color. But the whole goal is to just add color around the fruits and leaving the center with less pigments. Case and I were going to start with the seed and I'm painting with a Doc Brown a very rich , dark brown. And I'm starting by painting on the edge of the seeds right around just on the side, on the bottom, like so and on the top side on the opposites. And and then I'm gonna go back and I'm gonna blend all of the's areas outs. Just one. Apply the paint first, and then you dip your brush in water and you blend it out. You don't want apply the paint over this seat because that's will take away a lot of dimension from the seed because you wanted to look rounded. So that's why I am painted around the seeds with the dark brown. Remember this brought over here and then over here we have this rich marigold orange color that I'm going to add to my seat, and you mix this or create this by mixing the light brown with yellow, and you wanted to look very sunny, and I am going to leave the center white, some just painting a random shape And then I paint around that shape that leave the center whites for character dimension just to make the whole overall picture interesting. 5. Layering The Seed: it's now we're gonna finish off by adding more layers to our seed. And I'm adding more off the Doc brown in the places where I had started off the sides in the bottom. And I'm painting these curved strokes or streaks of paint, said that the seed looks more rounded all the way around here and then blended out and in water. And I want the sea to have depth so certain areas will be more war treat than others. To keep that in mind, you wanna have a variation in depth when you look at the seed. Some places there Dockers and places a lighter so feasible would tree than others to just play around with that. And again, if you know why, sure, How is seed is supposed to look. Just look up a picture off an avocado that's open with seeds still in it. I'm adding more if that brown and you just keep adding the brown around in a very watery manner, just add a lot of water, so just believes the colors bleed into each other and the center. If you see I have still kept but absolutely clear. I'm not painting on it you want certain areas on your seat to be whites? I'm gonna add white on the top and how you decide where to add white again. That really is up to you and your eye where you think you want to add whites. I'm just gonna add on the edge, running down and close. It's you the center right here. So it looks more like is bleeding into BM to the brown. So this is a technique of building really building or their ring. Then I picked the whites, writes on top off the brown I miss is the final result, guys. Very easy illustration, often avocado. So if you see the greens are blending and bleeding into each other, so you have to keep that in mind and for the seed to try and make it look rounded to the more rounded, you can make it look the better. And if you want to make something well grounded, you add the dark colors on the edge and then the lights colors are on the center. This is parts off a series of easy fruits to paint. Thanks for joining. Take care