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How to Paint an Apple in Watercolor –Food Illustration

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Introduction


    • 2.

      Materials for this class


    • 3.

      Materials –In Depth Overview for the Novice


    • 4.

      Making a chart –2 Ways


    • 5.

      Drawing the apple


    • 6.

      Transferring the fruit drawing to watercolor paper


    • 7.

      Applying a wet on wet base layer


    • 8.

      Applying second layer and base for shadow


    • 9.

      Modeling with color and beginnigng the details


    • 10.

      Applying dark accents to the shaded area


    • 11.

      Working on the Stem and Adding Saturated Darks


    • 12.

      Mixing Dark Colors and Working on Details


    • 13.

      Applying a Shadow Wet on Dry


    • 14.

      Two Extra Tips and Final Thoughts


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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. 


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Leyla Torres

Easy art projects to enrich your life


"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets


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.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi, My name's later Doris. I am a visual artist, right? In my studio practice, I explore creativity through watercolor painting, writing on origami in the same way that each person has a unique fingerprint or a unique accent. Each one off us as an artist develops a unique style not to people paid Annapolis or any subject the same way. In this class, you will learn how to paint your own realistic apple using watercolor techniques such as wet, wet, wet on dry. On layering. This class will add elements to your own artistic vocabulary, which you can apply toe other creative products. This class is designed for anyone who wants to improve artistic expertise and scare. These includes people who are new to watercolor and people who had previous experience with these technique the classes designed in clearly marked steps that you can accomplish in short periods of time. You need to invest a large amount of time, all of the ones to accomplish this project. If you're new to watercolor, I invite you to dive in and take the glass. We all had to start somewhere, and this class will be a good starting point. All you need is some basic materials. Click and roll. Let's get started 2. Materials for this class: These are the basic materials you need tohave For this class, you will find, at least in the description off this class. If you're new to wear a color, the next section describes materials in them. Beecher toe, wash it otherwise you may skip ahead. 3. Materials –In Depth Overview for the Novice: This is an in depth overview. Off weather color materials artist Great Whether color paper is usually made with 100% Gragg fibers, such cotton or linen, it is acid free and comes in different sizes, weights and textures. Whether colored paper comes in grows large sheets measuring 22 by 30 inches in large and small spiral bound books on blocks. The paper I used most often is manufactured by arches, and here you can see oil brands that I have used successfully. There are three available textures. Hot pressed paper has a smooth surface. Cold pressed paper has a texture surface suitable for fine detail. Work on smooth washes. This is an all purpose paper. Rough paper not shown here, has a more per knows texture. The weight of the paper is the terming by thickness. Light weight paper is team heavy. Paper is thick. A thin paper is £90. Heavy paper city £100 on a medium weight. All purpose paper is well hang around £40 where colors come in tubes and pants. It's in liquid form and even as water soluble pencils or crayons. Personally, I used paint tubes in the studio and pants when travelling or painting outdoors. There are professional grade and student grade water girls. Professional grade watercolors have a higher concentration off pigment on our buried ableto withstand exposure to light without fading. If you're buying watercolor pains for the very first time Reggie coming by in a small set off professional grade puns such as the one show here Also, you can begin with a dozen basic colors. This chart shows the pain tubes I used. The most suggested colors are marked with a star, your own pal. It will be a very personal collection off warm on cool pigments that reflects your taste. I recommend beginning with a worm on cool tube off each color. If you already have watercolors, feel free to use whatever you have in common. Pilots come in different sizes, A pan said usually includes its own palette. A palette such as this one has a cover, and it's portable. You can begin by using a large white ceramic plate like this. The bigger your project, the larger you pile. It should be individual containers come in handy for washes were preparing a large amount of water called a good watercolor. Brush should be able to hold a sufficient quantity of water and be able to distribute color smoothly and evenly. Good quality bristles will spring back to their original shape after ish use. Brushes have made from national animal hair or from synthetic fibers. The best watercolor brushes are made from sable hair. There are some excellent synthetic brushes available to ground rushes are the most diversity. And while the used brush for watercolor painting flat brushes are useful for washes, their rushes of different shapes to experiment with, even a toothbrush can coming hungry. If you're buying watercolor brushes for the first time, I recommend three or four round rushes. This is all you need together. Started and gain. Some practice wins your rushes with clean water. After each session on a store them in a container with the bristles facing up for traveling , I recommend a bamboo rollup brush holder to pack your brushes, place one brush at the end, then roll place another brush role and so on. And did you packed toilet brushes? Half at least two containers of worried at hand. One container will hold clean water to use us. Need it watering. The second container is two rings your brushes. I usually keep a towel to my right on the table. I use it to dry the brush and to absorb water from the brush feral and avoid unwanted drips . I also keep a paper towel at the base or edge off the painting. Closest to me. Have a range off soft and hard pencils to clean up excess pencil lines on watercolor paper used a soft eraser. My favorite is that meted rubber eraser. This eraser cleans pencil nicely, keeps the paper intact and leaves no residue. You can also use a white and soft known staining eraser. A smaller sprayer or water dropper can be used to moisten the pains or the paper. These and more option of materials. Artist White tape to tape the paper onto aboard, Play wood boards to stretch the paper. Or pick white pigment for highlights, masking fluid and pick up rubber cement eraser national sponges to dump in the paper or for special effects to summarize. These are the basic materials needed to paint with water cold. Get them ready and enjoy the process 4. Making a chart –2 Ways: making a watercolor chart is a very handy reference to initially. A shard helps us learn color names on how they appear when applied to paper. Here, I will demonstrate how to make this chart. I organized my colors in a dream of passion on Make a chart following the order I have on the party voice and the pains with a spray bottle. Select a medium sized brush on reddit with the brush becomes the first color, so it's very saturated. The mixed should be saturated color and not the original consistency off the pigment. Apply a spot off saturated color to the paper. Add more pigment if necessary. Rings a Broch on pick up clean water. Spread the corner with the brush. Add a bit more water to lighten the color, creating a gradation. Release a brush. Repeat the process with the next color. Proceed in the same manner with all the colors around your palace Was the paper is right. Proceed toe identified a label ish color with its name, um, brand name to. If you are using colors from different manufacturers, this is another way to make a useful chart to place other your palate place a piece of watercolor paper larger than the palate underneath it. On this spot saturated color, add a little water to create some gradation, even when it is most saturated, the pigment should be diluted with someone. Brings separation between colors on. Repeat the process with all colors was the paper dries. Lay bullish cooler and keep it under your party. 5. Drawing the apple: to make an apple. Ladies, we can find references or magazines or line, or we can work from life. Fixing the watercolor paper toe aboard is optional. It helps keep it flat. If you have throwing experience, you can just draw the shape of a terrible on the paper. Using a very light line, I will demonstrate away toe, draw it on a piece of paper and transfer it. You can use a very think piece of paper like this one seen through and trace the shape of the apple. I am using an age B pencil to trace the apple. Separate the papers are not details or enhanced them. If necessary. The next step is transferring onto the watercolor paper. 6. Transferring the fruit drawing to watercolor paper : We will transfer the throwing to the watercolor paper. Turn the paper over were softer pencil like to be. We will apply a thicker line on the back Following the shape of the up. Be sure to place this paper on a surface other than your watercolor paper. Turn back to this side. We are ready to transfer the drawing so we have the apple on. Also, it has a shadow. You might want to place it off center to the left to have enough room for the shadow I trace with an HB pencil. Don't apply too much pressure before removing the paper. Make sure that all the drawing is transferred lightly. I passed a razor to leave a very faint line. Now we are ready to start with the water color washes. 7. Applying a wet on wet base layer: here, the light comes from the left. This is the lightest point. We will leave that spot dry as we apply the first wash. This will be the darkest area. There will be some reflected light here at the beach on the recess shadow. Let's begin to apply cooler. I spray the colors. We will be free, mixing some colors. This is early yellow rings of rush in between colors. Canyon yellow. So orange yellow, a warm on a cool red. They're very diluted. The first layer will be very light. I will apply a layer of water feeling the shape off the apple does. Spot will remain dry. I take this number 10 brush. I discharge a little water at the edge of the jar. Uncover the shape off the apple, making sure not toe wit the lightest point. I killed the board so I can see where I have been a plane and make sure to leave a spot here, which is dry. Tilt the paper so that the water distributes evenly inside the shape. Try the brush on a towel to make it thirsty. Lift accumulated water at the bottom. We don't want to have a partner This is a light wash, the lightest color applied first around the dry spot. We're working wit on wit. As long as the apple shape is with, we can add colors and touch with the brush. Once the stars drying is best to leave it alone. A little blending tips the born one way and another for better color. Blending with a thirsty brush. I lived excess water. This layer needs to dry completely. We can speed the process with a hair dryer. I place it about a foot away from the painting. I encourage you to take a picture of your painting. At this point in the process, it will help you document and learn about your own progress. Go ahead and post your photo in the project area. 8. Applying second layer and base for shadow: a plane. The second wash. If the surface is not shiny, we can touch it if it is dry to the touch, we applied the next wash. As we build the years of color, there may be a little saturation here at the H is off the shape. Many times I just with that age, apply a clean, dry towel, and some color will be picked up the way we don't have a dark nine around here. Let's focus on the color off the shadow. It reflects the red and yellow off the up. We apply water to an area in the shape of the show, actually a little larger. Apply very diluted yellow on a tush, really, to blend the color at the age, the right your brush and pass it around the edge. Let it dry. In the meantime, I would pre make some more color. This time, we bring their read into the yellow urine. Make more open orange latest opera pink because he gives the orange and nice right quality . I have a bigger brush now. I feel the apple shape with clean water. I will leave the lightest spot dry, but make it a little smaller. I apply the water around the lightest spot. First lift until toe. Better see the wet area. It should be glistening dry. The brush I don't pick up. A part of that might be forming here at the bottom. I changed to a smaller brush on I start applying the cycle layer. Lightest colors first. Oranges great. Killed the paper with a thirsty brush. Lift water and color from the bottom. The layer still wait. We can apply a bit more red. I'm picking up extra. What? On? We live it, Fry. Go ahead. Take a picture off your project. I'm posted in the project area. 9. Modeling with color and beginnigng the details: When it is dry to the touch, we are ready to apply a new layer. I'm pre mixing some Portman from a glittering red on ultra marine blue. I like mixing from these primary colors, but you can use a poor poor from the to like this one here, but I have some more yellow on watered here. Now we will begin to pay attention to these details. On the top. I'm growing over Supplee to make the lines more visible. We'll apply another earlier off clean water. I will leave this age with no water. This highlight will be left dry, too, but the dry spot will be smaller than before. Chilled debater and lift the water that gathers at the bottom. Begin to apply the color applied. The night is colors. First. Notice how the tap is left with no color for the moment, as long as the surfaces wet, I can touch on lived some color to lead to color. The brush must be almost right on clean. Since it's still with, I add some darker way. Tilt the paper and chick. It's starting to get dry. At that point, we don't want to touch it anymore. so we do not disturb the blending of the colors. Let it dry. Take a picture off your progress and share it in the project area. 10. Applying dark accents to the shaded area: dry to the touch. For these later washes, I premix more saturated colors. That means that I mix less water to the pigment. The colors on the tree might be dry, so I add water to make them active again, apply a clean layer off water. Leave the top area dry. Use as a few brushstrokes as possible, adding dark accents to the shaded area. Notice how different reds and purples are used. Killed the paper one way and another for better blending. We can lift some color of the edge so that it's nice and smooth. I literally yellow there, let it dry and take a picture of your progress. 11. Working on the Stem and Adding Saturated Darks: now we're ready to begin working on the days it is right in the touch. Now I am going toe with this area alone to start suggesting the depression. I went the paper right up from the top to this inner H. This is a smaller brush number two. The small brush picks up less cooler. This is an unwanted spot. While it's still wait, I clean the brush dried and lift the color. I add some more saturated color. It is a little bit too there, so I am so mortar on blending. Apply a layer of clean water to the lower area. Only accentuated shade by adding saturated color four point, some rare with the clean brush. I lived color at the edge off that change, adding more color to blend both colors together. Now the top is dry. We will add another wash. Apply clean water on each side of the stem. Add a drop awful dark color close to the base on. Let it blend with the water. Let it dry. Take a picture off your progress and sharing in the project area 12. Mixing Dark Colors and Working on Details: the apple is dry, we finish the stem and add another later to blend the course. Just wait here, coming to this edge only we apply a trope off saturated color on. Let it blend with the water. Blend in a little bit off red at the H, and we let this area dry before finishing the stem. Have a layer of water. Tow these area. Apply some more dark color toe. Achieve a smooth blending effect lit some cooler at the edge off the shape. I pretty mix dark color for the stim. I don't use black color from the to. I'd rather make it by mixing green unready. In this case, winds are green, which is a cool green on a list. Serene red. The darker tolls are richer when preparing them. In this way. Apply a layer of clean water on the stem, but leaving the left side right that saturated dark color. The side that was left dry will be the highlight off the stage, and now a little touch to suggest the shadow off the stem. Let it dry. Take a picture of your progress and share it in the project area 13. Applying a Shadow Wet on Dry: Now we will work on the shadow on on the finishing details. I apply clean water on an area larger than the shot. I take a smaller brush on the lute, this purple that we have here. Maybe I had a little yellow to neutralize it, and I apply the color for the shadow. The Web area is larger than the shadow when we let it right before we continue work, it is right now. I'll apply the color directly. Working wit on dry notice that this is very diluted color with clean water. I blend the edges. I apply darker color working words on with the closer to the apple, the darker the color. The apple has some spots on the skin. I will at them. Now. I'll pick up each color. According to a section I'm working on. I apply wait corner on the dry surface. Not every spot needs to be rendered. Just a few will be enough to suggest texture. If it is too dark, you can clean the brush and pick up some corn. We had that here and there, but I have one last touch here to darken on, to sit the apple on the surface. There we have completed the painting. Share the painted of your apple in the project area 14. Two Extra Tips and Final Thoughts: Here are some tips to keep in mind when painting with weather Corner. What color painting teaches us to value process? No, just results. Enjoy the process we present at every stick. Give yourself the gift off time, patience and practice. Instead of painting one apple, make two or three. Experiment with different angles on with apples off different colors, way when it's rain. Put it aside. I work on a noise I will look at or projects posted, and I will enjoy seeing your process and your results. I look forward to sharing new our projects with you in another glass.