Still Life – Painting Apples

Posted on 2012/01/03 at 19:35 by daarken 22 Comments

Still life painting is an important step for any artist as it teaches the importance of form, light, and composition. Basic rendering fundamentals can be learned from still life painting. Even though most people may find the subject matter boring, you will be able to use this knowledge to paint creatures, characters, and virtually everything else.

Photo ref I used from Google.

Create a still life painting of an apple in greyscale. You can have other fruit in the scene, but make sure you have at least one apple. If you have multiple objects in your scene, make sure to have an interesting composition, overlapping elements, and nice lighting. Upload your finals to the Still Life – Painting Apples thread located in the Tutorial Homework forum.

22 Comments on "Still Life – Painting Apples"

  1. Trace007 · 2012/01/04 at 00:01 · Reply

    I’ll get that homework done asap!

  2. Robotrob11 · 2012/01/04 at 06:09 · Reply

    i think ill do this homework rather than my chemistry homework to day!

  3. exodune · 2012/01/04 at 09:09 · Reply

    Gonna do that! ;O I love this website *-*

  4. jorge oliveira · 2012/01/04 at 09:17 · Reply

    hahah how weird i just finished painting an apple and an orange and i come here, and theres a new tutorial on painting an apple lol

  5. Carlos Arthur · 2012/01/04 at 09:45 · Reply

    HomeWork Done *-* Nice tutorial, you do that in 10 mins i do that in 1H :D

  6. Jeremy · 2012/01/04 at 16:17 · Reply

    Thank you so much for these tutorials! I will get to the homework right after this video. :o )

  7. Trace007 · 2012/01/04 at 23:55 · Reply

    I will get this done…I just need to go out and get an apple first.

  8. Johnny · 2012/01/05 at 01:53 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, I was wondering if you have any tips on composition, and was there any books that you read to help you with the art fundamentals and would you recommend any of them?

  9. Judy · 2012/01/05 at 03:09 · Reply

    Wonderful tutorial, one of my favorite topic is still life. Of course I will do my homework and first than my house chores :)

  10. Raphael · 2012/01/06 at 12:35 · Reply

    When I first start painting still lifes I started with an Apple to ^^. I wonder how that comes… so many Artists love to paint apples :D. Very cool tutorial :) This Website is one of my top 10 websites in the whole www ^^.
    And I have one question: Could it not just work to change the rotation of the brush to direction to avoid rotating it all the time in the settings ? cuz when i try to do that I completly loose my Flow.

  11. Steve · 2012/01/07 at 14:58 · Reply

    Hey Daarken great site and loving the tutorials. I have a request or a suggestion. Could you maybe do a mixture of basic stuff for practice mixed with some more advanced techniques. To be specific painting materials like textured metal. Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/09 at 16:33 · Reply

      I will cover more advanced things soon. I actually did one on painting metal not too long ago.

  12. Forrest · 2012/01/12 at 12:07 · Reply

    awesome vid! This website is the coolest thing ever

  13. Trent K · 2012/01/17 at 15:12 · Reply

    Here’s mine! Excellent tutorial. I am just starting out and you described how to do it so well. I was very pleased with the result. Thank you!

  14. Abelard · 2012/05/15 at 01:23 · Reply

    I hope you’re still reading comments on older videos.
    The whole pen pressure thing doesn’t work very well for me. When I lift the pen for a moment and then continue to paint with the same pressure, it gets darker wherever the new stroke and the old one overlap. How do you handle that?

    (An example: )

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/05/15 at 11:11 · Reply

      Just blend it so that you don’t see the darker or lighter part.

      • Abelard · 2012/05/16 at 01:54 · Reply

        Thank you for answering, but I don’t really understand: Blending the way you explained in the video previous to this one? That doesn’t solve the problem of getting darker as intended every time i lift the pen and attach it anew. Do you always paint in one single stroke?

        (Excuse my probably faulty english, it’s not my mother tongue.)

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/05/16 at 02:03 · Reply

          No, I don’t paint in single strokes. If I want something darker, I pick a darker value and paint with that. Check the blending tutorial.

          • Abelard · 2012/05/16 at 04:28 ·

            I have watched the the blending-tutorial. I feel like we’re talking past each other. :)

            I believe this picture explains better than the previous one:

            One circle has been painted with one stroke. Three strokes for three circles. The pressure on the pen has always been the same, nontheless the colour gets darker wherever the strokes overlap. So when I lift the pen while painting, the color will be darker when I continue to paint altough I continue with the same pressure. If I paint the same spot repeatedly with light pressure, it will eventually become black. The brush’s opacity is always set to 100%.

          • daarken
            daarken · 2012/05/16 at 09:19 ·

            No, I understand what you are talking about. The problem is, I don’t just paint by putting one stroke down. If I did, then yes, I would have the same problem occur (if I wasn’t pressing down to achieve 100% opacity). I repeat my strokes until I cover up the overlapping areas. Your painting will not go to black unless the color you have selected is black. If I have a 50% grey selected, then no matter now many strokes I put down, my color will never go past a 50% grey. If I was using a 70% grey, then I could never go darker than 70%. I think you are wanting to not take the time to paint several strokes to cover up the overlapping areas. If you don’t want overlapping areas, then turn off opacity jitter, paint by pressing down harder, or use multiple strokes.

  15. Abelard · 2012/05/17 at 03:10 · Reply

    Thanks for clarifying. I was assuming that there’s a difference in our brush settings but appearently I was wrong. If I take my time and only work from dark towards light, I can achieve at least similar results as yours in the blending tutorial.

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