This post is totally inspired by 2018 Pantone Color of the Year… Ultra Violet! When they announced the new color last week, I was already in the middle of painting some veggies and fruits. So I immediately thought of eggplants. I actually don’t even like eggplants as food, but painting them is so much fun! Maybe if I paint it enough, I’ll start to like it…
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- Watercolor paints (purple, black, payne’s gray, hooker’s green dark, sap green)
- Watercolor brush (I used a round size 12)
- Watercolor paper (I used the Canson brand)
- Paper Towel
- Cup of clean water
We’re going to paint this eggplant in a “loose style”, so there’s no sketching. And it’s totally okay if your eggplant looks different from mine because this tutorial is more about basic techniques like wet-on-wet and glazing.
Load your brush with a watered down purple color. Loosely paint an outline, then color in the middle of the shape to make it look more 3-D. Leaving white space is crucial in this step!
Dab your brush on the paper towel so that it absorbs most of the water from your brush. Then load your brush with a darker purple color. While the first layer is still wet, go over the outline to give the eggplant definition (this is the wet-on-wet technique).
Mix some hooker’s green dark and sap green. Load your brush with this green color. Loosely paint some leaves. It’s okay if some of the green bleeds into the purple. It gives it a unique look!
Mix purple with some payne’s gray and/or black to get a really dark color. When the purple layer has dried, paint over it with this dark purple color (this is called glazing). Do the same for the green. Mix some green with the payne’s gray and/or black for a darker green. And once it’s dry, give the leaves some definition.
Optional step… I also added some light orange-yellow for some contrasting color in the top left area of the eggplant. Remember that complementary colors heighten color intensity? Now the purple stands out a little bit more.
Give this a try! If you’re on Instagram, please tag me (@thingsunseendesigns) and use #watercolorwithTUD so I can see your work!