When I paint citrus fruit such orange, lemon, or grapefruit, I use several different watercolor techniques and approaches. I find that instead of drawing the pencil lines it is easier with my knowledge of the subject and my artist skill to take a light yellow or orange watecolour paint and slightly “draw” the lines of the fruit. The idea behind is that the pencil line will not be shown on the finished illustration, yet the light color of yellow or orange will be melting in with the final watercolor painting.
The body of the fruit is usually painted in wet-on-wet technique where I can move the paint easily within the shape. At the same point of time I apply the form shadow of the fruit.
When the painting is completely dry, I apply the dabs of dry paint (the same color as the body of the orange, lemon, or grapefruit to the skin to imply the texture of the fruit. But this is not the final touch of the surface. The magic of realistic style comes when I take the slightly darker tone of the same fruit color (e.g. for orange it will be orange and red mix of watercolours, for lemon it will be Yellow Gamboge or even mix of Lemon Yellow with Ochre colors) and I use dry-on-dry or as they say dry-brush technique to add dimensions to the lemon, orange, or grapefruit watercolor illustration to make it more believable, so to speak tasty appeal.
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