Pearfect Watercolor Pears

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This instructable is about drawing pears ( I love drawing pears, for some reason ) .

I am using watercolor cakes, not tubes, but this method can be used for both.

( But with tubes you have to first put the paint on a palette and be careful not to use too much ) .

Supplies:

Step 1: You Will Need:

A light pencil.

A thin brush ( size 0-3 ).

A set of watercolors ( I prefer cakes ).

Thick cotton paper.

A palette ( if using tubes or if you want to premix the paints ).

A jar of water.

A picture of a pear ( or the real thing if you have one lying around )

A peaceful, quiet place to work.

Step 2: Draw a Basic Outline

It can be messy or neat,

we will focus on the smaller one shown in the picture above.

Step 3: Determine Where the Light Is Hitting the Pear.

To keep it simple, I made the light hit the left top.

(shown in arrows)

This light does not have to be real, it just tells you where it is bright and dark IN THE DRAWING ONLY ( which is very very important. )

Step 4: Figure Out the Shadow

See the image above to get a good idea on how to do this.

Just make sure the position is determined using the 'light' we made in the last step.

Step 5: Add Dark Areas

These are where there is less pretend light hitting the pear.

The position does not have to be perfect, or pearfect, just make sure it makes sense!

Step 6: Start Painting!

Start the picture with yellowish green. in cakes the paint should look like the green cake above, if it does not, make your own yellowish green by mixing bright yellow with deep green (but not blue-green).

Dip your brush in watered down paint and start!

Cover the entire pear evenly with the color.

MORE WATER, LESS PAINT!

Step 7: Add Green

Put regular green in the middle and where we marked dark areas earlier.

REMEMBER:

MORE WATER LESS PAINT MORE WATER LESS PAINT MORE WATER LESS PAINT OR ELSE IT MAY NOT WORK!

Step 8: Spread Out the Green

Dip your brush in water and use that to spread out the color

spread out a lot of the middle, but less of the dark areas, and try to get less paint onto the bright areas. (Where the light is directly hitting it) .

This step is done once it looks like the second image above.

Step 9: Don't Worry, It's Not Bleeding.

If you want the pear to look delicious, it needs a bit of red.

Once you apply red, spread it out by moving a wet brush in circles over it.

MORE WATER LESS PAINT.

Step 10: Add Extra Green

Put some more green on the dark areas (MORE PAINT LESS WATER, I'M SERIOUS, IT'S TRUE).

Step 11: Black

Put a few drops of black on the dark areas and spread it out in straight lines.

It will become lighter once the paint dries.

MORE WATER LESS PAINT.

Step 12: It's Ready!

Your pearfect pear is waiting for you to cut it out and paste it somewhere.

It does not matter if it became wonky, or discolored, but as long as you enjoyed making it, it is great!

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