Painting Fruit

Summary

In this lesson we will be learning how to paint realistically. Fruits will be our subject matter for its simple shapes and bright colours. This exercise is meant to help you get familiar with painting. We will practice painting with gouache (also known as postercolours). 

There are probably an infinite numbers of painting techniques but artists generally use two main types. The transparent glaze approach, where you start with lighter colors and layer darker ones on top. There is also the opaque method, where you paint thick opaque layers of paint on top of one another. I like to use a combination of both. The method you use depends on the kind of look you want to achieve and the type of paint you are using. *Don't try to copy exactly what you see, make it look better instead.

How well you can paint is influenced by your drawing ability and age. And as with any skill, it takes an intrinsic desire and commitment to become skilled at it.

Materials

  • gouache paint
  • sketchbook
  • pencil & eraser
  • tissue
  • various fruits as a subject matter
Painting a bell pepper

Painting a bell pepper

  1. Sketching: Selected a fruit and lightly sketched it with a 4B pencil.  
  2. Underpainting: Apply a gouache underpainting with a thick round brush. The colors are flat and there’s hardly any detail or shading.
  3. Painting shadows: Paint the shadows on the fruit. 
  4. Highlights and Detailing With Brushes: With a thin brush, add details such as highlights and some lighter accents. 
  5. Critiquing: Afterwards, critique your work. Taking a short break to view your painting with fresh eyes, can help you better see areas that needs improvement.  As a rule, don't try to copy exactly what you see - make it look better.

Painting Fruits - Still Life