Figs are such a great fruit for watercolour painting, because they have great strong colours and texture. The outside skins have a soft striped purple appearance, and the seed-filled insides have a great fine texture.
They’re also extremely easy for beginners to paint in watercolour. Grab your supplies and let’s get painting!
What supplies you’ll need
- Watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints
- Brushes (medium and small for details)
- Water jars
- Paper towels or cloth
I’m working with a purple, yellow, green and red. You can use whatever is in your palette, but the colours I have are:
- Dioxazine Purple
- Lemon Yellow Deep
- Sap Green
- Winsor Red Deep
How to paint figs in watercolour step-by-step
- Mix up a light purple value and create a large round shape.
- While it’s still wet, add a green tip and blend down into the ‘shoulders’ of the fruit. Pull the green colour down into the fruit in curved lines to create a three-dimensional shape.
- Using a darker purple, create a shadow around the bottom of the fruit, and pull some paint up between the green lines, to create a mottled, striped effect. Allow to blend and dry naturally.
- Add a darker line to the top of the fruit.
- To paint a cut fig shape, mix up a light yellow and paint the same shape by the side, allowing the colours to mix if you like.
- Grab your purple paint on a fine brush and run it around the shape of the cut fig to create the skin, allowing it to blend out.
- When this is dry, you can add the red seeds. Using a thin brush and a create little circles or swirls in the centre, leaving lots of white space. Drop in darker sections of a deep red colour for contrast.
Now your figs are complete! Build this out into a bigger composition across your page for an easy fruit painting.
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