How to draw juicy fruit with soft pastels

How to draw juicy fruit with soft pastels


Hi everyone! This is Kate Amadeo here and
welcome to this little time lapse. In this video I wanted to show how to draw
juicy mandarins and how to actually approach such a complicated subject, that might seem at first, as appeal. And this is a video I shot for my Patreon and you will
find the full real-time tutorial there and the reference photo, also you can
download it from there. Here I just wanted to show the process
how I approach a drawing like this. I’m using Canson MiTeintes paper. This is
one of the greys on the warm side, I would say. And it’s the reverse side. As usual
I’m working on the reverse side if I don’t want too much texture to show. So,
one thing to remember is when you’re working on MiTeintes paper is that you
use the reverse side if you want to add those small details because it’s not
going to allow you to add the tiny details if you use the honeycomb side.
And I’m sketching out my oranges with a white charcoal pencil. This is General’s
white charcoal pencil. I really like it because it doesn’t create mud with
pastels and it blends away nicely into the overall pastel layer when you start
applying those colors. And I am using mostly bright colors. If you want to draw
fruit one of the big advices I can give you is to use the bright colors. As soon
as you start to go into those greys or muddy browns
it’s going to look a bit dull and sometimes even the fruit might look
spoiled so it’s a very good idea to go as bright as you can sometimes with the
fruit. You can make it seem even juicier. And as usual I’m using a different
collection of soft pastels – some Unisons, some Sennelier, some Schmincke,
and also Rembrandts, of course, one of my favorite brands.
And as you see I’m working from the background and coming towards the front
mandarin which is going to be in focus. So basically in here in this tutorial
we’ll look at aerial perspective even in such a small thing like a still life. So
we are going to be actually adding this aerial perspective into our mandarins as
in we will be creating the front mandarin as detailed as possible and the
ones that are progressively further away will have less detail on them and will
become blurrier. So if you imagine taking a photo with your camera and you put the
aperture of your camera to the smallest number it’s going to blur everything in
the background so imagine as you’re focusing the camera in and out and this
is basically what we have to portray here in such a way so that our mandarin
that is farthest away doesn’t seem as if it’s floating in the air. So here we will
be working with the shadows that will ground our mandarins and also we’ll be
using this aerial perspective. And as you see I’m using very very few white. It’s
mostly light yellows that I will be using for these mandarins because if you
look at any object very rarely if the object is white maybe or if it’s glossy
then it might have a completely white highlight on it but mostly it will have
the light reflected, for example, as in this case I had the light from the
window even though that it was cloudy the light was not as blue but still I
was going for this warm and cool look. So cool light and warm shadows. And also in
this tutorial I’m working on the track at how to show those colorful shadows in
a way that they don’t seem dull. I’m adding also some of that blue of the
cool light into my shadows. But anyway you can see that in the tutorial. I
wanted to say another thing also about my webpage. So I decided that sometimes
you are not very sure you want to commit something and maybe you don’t want to
become my patron so this is why I decided to sell the tutorials that I am
also posting on my Patreon. So you can buy a tutorial directly off of my
website and you will have an access to it so lifelong access to it you can
download the tutorial and complete it whenever you see fit and as well you
will get feedback for your work. Basically, by buying the tutorial from my
website you get automatically a feedback. Otherwise you can join my Patreon if you
would like to see a full time tutorial of this work and you can watch it there.
Also, I have different pledge tiers so some of them for $10 it comes also with
a feedback for your work and otherwise there is a tier of one dollar and four
dollars. So I hope that I will be posting more videos here on YouTube as well so
let me know what subject matter interests you most and for now I guess
this is it, I really hope you enjoyed watching the video and I really would
love to see your mandarins if you do follow my tutorial so do post them on
social media and don’t forget to tag me. Thank you for watching and I will see
you in the future videos!

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