How to paint shiny 3D cherries in watercolor

How to paint shiny 3D cherries in watercolor


Hi it’s Anna Mason and in this watercolour tip video I wanted so show you how I went about painting
These shiny, juicy cherries. Specifically I wanted to focus in and show
you how to create the transitions between the highlights and the dark skin of the cherry
around them. Because getting this right really gives them
their realism… I used a photo as my reference, and I began
by creating a drawing where I not only outlined the outside edge of the cherry – but also
the edges of the shiny highlights with a jagged pencil mark to mark the texture on the transition
from the highlight into darker flesh around them. Then I laid down a really pale wash to the
highlight areas using a watery grey mix to match to the lightest possible tones I could
see in the highlights. Next I added a little crimson to the watery
grey mix to apply a layer to the patches of highlight which have a more pink hue to them,
before going on to apply a very slightly darker mix to all of the rest of the cherry – including
all areas that will end up being much darker. Once that had dried off I went in with a mix
that was a match to the darkest tones I could see in the Cherry and applied this around
the areas of highlight – making sure I used the tip of the brush to feather the edge of
the transition into the highlight colour. I was careful not to apply this mix into any
areas I thought might be lighter in tone. And when that had dried I worked into the
midtones of the cherry which are the areas which are a little bit shiny, but not as light
as the highlights. For this I applied a mix that was a milky
consistency – much lighter than the dark mix I just applied – but not as light as the first
wash. I went over the edge of the darkest tones
to begin to graduate the transition there a little. I even applied this mix over the patch of
highlight to the right hand side. Next I used another watery grey mix that was
just a little darker – and applied it with a smaller brush into areas of the highlight
that needed to be a little darker, including along the transition into the darker colour
of the cherry skin, blending slightly with my brush. And I also used the tip of my brush to create
some texture markings within the highlights. Now the highlights were a bit darker I could
see that the darkest tones need to be darkened some more so I applied another layer of the
thicker mix there – making sure not to apply it right up against the highlight – but leave
a thin strip through to the lighter layer underneath – to help to create a more graduated
transition between highlight and skin colour. I then adjusted the semi- shiny areas again
with another milky consistency wash to darken them a little. After darkening the cherry some more, I could
now tell that my highlights needed darkening some more too, so I went back to the watery
grey mix and worked into areas of the highlights – including the transitions some more,
I then added a touch of some crimson to the watery grey mix and worked into the highlights
again to darken a fraction and add a bit more texture with my brush. Next I took a little bit of water on my tiniest
brush, and worked into the transitions between highlight and cherry skin colour, and also
between darker and lighter greys in the highlights – to smooth them. But I didn’t try to smooth ALL the transitions. When I really looked I could see that some
transitions needed a little more texture to them, so I added that now with the tiny brush
and some thicker paint, creating little dots to add that texture. Then finally I used the more watery mix to
create these dotty texture markings within the highlights too. Then once I’d done the same to the other
Cherries, the painting was finished. A full step by step tutorial of these yummy
cherries is available now in my online School. If you’ve enjoyed this tip video, please
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AnnaMasonArt.com where you’ll find even more resources to help you pick up your brush
and paint the way you’ve always wanted to. Remember, you won’t improve your painting
unless you make the time to paint. So be sure to schedule in some me-time this
week and paint something YOU love. Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see
you soon with another tip for creating watercolours with “wow”.

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