vintage pumpkin watercolor illustration
Hello October! And hello lovely autumn. Autumn is a wonderful season with nature painting the world in wonderful warm hues. Falling leaves,harvest and pumpkins.Ah so beautiful! The changing of seasons is something that I always look forward to although where I stay, autumn is not so predominant. So in today’s illustration tutorial , I’m going to show you how to make a vintage pumpkin illustration. So read on and follow the steps below to make your very own illustration.

Step 1: My first step is always to do a rough idea sketch either on my Moleskine or a rough printer paper. This will help me decide if I need to make any changes and it will save me time from all the erasing and thinking I need to do when doing the original one. After I’ve decided on what I should sketch, I draw a proper sketch on watercolor paper. I’ve used a 300 gsm or 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper here. Make sure the paper is thick enough to handle the watercolor.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
Step 2: By mixing, vermillion hue and deep yellow, I get a beautiful pumpkin orange color which I start to apply on the main part of my illustration. Keep continuing until all the different segments of the pumpkin are colored and covered.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
Step 3: Now by mixing Viridian hue and Yellow green, I paint on the little stem end of the pumpkin. Make sure the pumpkin segments are dry before applying the green so that the color does not seep into it and mix.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
Step 4: For the leaves, a mix of Viridian Hue, Yellow green and Yellow ochre were used. These created the various shades of green that I sued throughout the leaf and stem areas.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
Step 5: After finishing the leaves,stems and vines, I started with the little peonies. For this fabulous color, I mixed Crimson lake and Chinese white which a hint of Cobalt blue hue. The outlines were done with a darker shade of the same mix.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
Step 6:Using the darker shade of all the colors used, I then gave the leaves veins and segregated the pumpkin segments to get an almost vintage feel to the illustration. And there you have it. Your very own pumpkin illustration. The shades mentioned above are the names of the colors in Sakura Koi watercolor set.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration
As always the materials I’ve used for this illustration are 1.Watercolor brushes 2.Cold pressed watercolor paper and 3.Sakura Koi watercolor travel set.
vintage watercolor pumpkin illustration

What do you think?

How did you like this illustration? Do you think these steps were easy to follow? Id there anything else that you would like for me to do in the future posts. Let me know in the comments below.
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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.


  1. beautiful! I’d love a downloadable print to use in my upcoming Cinderella party! Thanks for linking up to Outside the Box

  2. Thank you so much Carissa. I’ll send you an email with the scanned copy of the illustration so that you can print it. Please do send me a link where I can see how you used it in the party. I would love to see it 🙂

  3. Thank you so much Christine. I love my pencils too . I feel like I have much control over them than paints but these are quicker to do and with the very limited time I have nowadays , paints work best!

  4. Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thank you for sharing the step by step process to paint a pumpkin! Feel free to drop by the website to pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button.

  5. Zakkiya, if I order brushes from Amazon, what 3 sizes should I get? Do you have a favorite brand of brushes and paints for a beginner? Thanks so much….I LOVE this tutorial!

    1. Hi Debbie. I do have a favorite brand and that is Silver Black velvet brushes but it is a bit on the pricier side.
      My second favorite is the Princeton synthetic sable brushes which are brilliant qualty for its price
      I’d suggest getting:-

      – Princeton Synthetic sable round no.8 –
      -Princeton synthetic sable round no.8 –
      -Princeton synthetic sable round no.16 ( When you’re confident enough to go big)

      I hope that helps. <3

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