Part 1. Painting Fruit for Beginners

In this first part of the course, you will begin by drawing and painting four different fruits.

You will start with a very small fruit, blueberries.

Blueberries make a great starter subject, they are easy to draw, have only a subtle sheen, sometimes with bloom and the colour is a relatively simple to mix using primary colours.


Drawing and painting rounded forms, such as fruit, is a good way of getting into the idea of thinking about 3 dimensional forms and how the light interacts with a subject.

Fruit also makes a very good subject to begin with because unlike some other plant material it has the following properties:

1. It lasts for quite a long time

2. It doesn't move

3. It's relatively simple to draw with no perspective issues in the drawing (don't worry there will be lots of opportunities to deal with perspective later on in the course!).

What Type of Fruit?

I've tried to select fairly standard and readily available fruits, including blueberries, cherries, apples and pears. Hopefully you will find something similar. You may copy my examples if you wish but I expect you to paint your own fruit for the final submission. The approach taken will enable you to apply the same method to other fruits and rounded forms.

Where to Start

Begin by downloading the written text for each tutorial by clicking on the green button and watch the accompanying video,  some are longer videos and some with still images. We start simple and small and work up to more challenging subjects.

Time Scale and Submission 

You have approximately 4-6 weeks to complete the Fruit tutorials but only need to submit 2 of the subjects for assessment, although I recommend that you try all of them. Send images as jpeg attachments in an email and provide a title e.g Fruit Assignment Submission 

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Additional Guidance


Once you have chosen a subject, one of your first and most important considerations will be lighting it - I cant stress enough how important this is.  Light your subject from the upper front left, if you are right handed and from the opposite side if you're left handed.

Having good directional lighting will ensure that you achieve a good balance of highlight, mid-tone, form shadow and in some cases reflected light.

Colour Mixing

In this course we will use mostly primary colours (reds, blues and yellows) to mix all other colours. This will give better you a better understanding of colour and will enable you to get to know the properties of each of the paints in your paintbox.

I will give you the colours for each subject here, but many of these can be substituted with others if you don't have a specific brand. Most importantly, you should aim to match the colour in your subject and not copy exactly what I do.

NOTE: You should paint a colour chart of all the paints in your paintbox so that you can see them at a glance.




Next Steps:

Part 2. Flowers Click here to access or use the menu on the course page.

Once you have completed the fruit tutorial, email 2-4 images of your finished fruit paintings with any accompanying tonal studies to me using the email address:

Images should be sent as Jpegs attached to an email, please do not send Zip files, Dropbox files/ links etc. 

Additional Fruit Videos

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