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Garden Turnip

  • Supply list
  • Painting terms and techniques
  • Color Key
  • Detailed line drawing
  • Complete step-by-step instructions




In this lesson, you will learn how to create the illusion of a round subject, and imitate various textures through the use of color and technique.


Supply List
  The following is a list of paints, brushes, and paper that I recommend for achieving equivalent results.  
 

  • Burnt Umber (W&N)
  • Permanent Rose (W&N)
  • Carbazole Violet (D.S.)
  • Sap Green (H)
  • Permanent Brown (D.S.)
  • no. 5 round, for softening your edges
  • no. 6 round, with a nice point
  • no. 8 round

  • 5" x 7" ( 12.7cm x 17.78cm) of Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed watercolor paper
  • Scrap piece of Arches 140 lb for testing your colors and values

Painting Terms and Techniques
 


 

The Color Key
 


These are the colors and values,
you will need for this lesson.
 
painted color samples
Decadent Chocolate Truffle
[ 1 ]   Burnt Umber (lt./med.)
[ 2 ]   Permanent Rose + Carbazole Violet (tad) (med.)
[ 3 ]   Sap Green (med./dk.)
[ 4 ]   Permanent Brown + Carbazole Violet (med.)

Line Drawing

detailed line drawing of the truffle

Transfer this line drawing onto your watercolor paper,
enlarging or reducing it as needed.

The Steps
 
Step 1

The Underpainting

original painting showing underpainting stage
 
 
When you are finished with Step 1,
your turnip will look like this.

illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step
Mix colors:

[ 1 ]

[ 2 ]
Remove most of the graphite lines with your kneaded eraser.

Take a brush-load of 1, and make a new puddle, adding enough water to make a light value. Fully load your brush with the light value and paint across the bottom of the turnip. Soften the the upper edge with water. Continue softening upwards until is your wash is clear. Quickly load your brush with 1, and apply a continuous brushstroke of color along the bottom edge, allowing the color to gently charge upwards. Let dry.

With 1 still in your brush, paint the brown spots and all the brown areas on the top, softening some of the edges, as shown. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with 2, and paint all the pink areas, softening some of the edges, and touching the damp wash randomly, make the surface appear blotchy. Let dry.

Load your brush that has a nice point with 2, and paint all the narrow areas on the top.
 
 
 
Step 2
The Finishing Touches
original painting showing the added details
 
When you are finished with Step 2,
your turnip look like this.

illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step
Mix colors:

[ 1 ]

[ 3 ]

[ 4 ]
Load your brush with 1 and paint the areas at the bottom of the turnip. Rinse your brush and blot well. Load your brush with 3 and paint those areas. Let dry.

Load your brush with 2, and paint all the pink areas on the top, charging in with 4 on some of the areas, and softening the edges as shown. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush that has a nice point with 4, and paint along the lines shown in the samples for the top of the turnip.


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