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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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