For my Illustration Concepts class we were assigned to make a fruit illustration using colored pencils. I have never drawn before with colored pencils, so it was a fun, new learning experience. I began my project by taking a photo of some fruit I had previously bought at the store to use as a reference image.
The finished result.
The reference image I had taken.
Progress photos on my illustration.
The strawberries in this project were my number one enemy. I had a lot of difficulty with the seeds because there are so much color in them. I used about 11 different colors on the strawberries. If I had more time to work on this project, the seeds are definitely something I would work more on.
The apple was the easiest of the fruits to do. I believe I used about 6 different colors on the apple and smoothed it out with the colorless blender. In the darker areas on the apple, I used a green pencil.
The banana was one of the fruits that gave me more trouble because yellow is a hard color to blend with colored pencils. The yellow pencil is very waxy and you have to be careful with how much you lay down on the paper at first, because once it's on the paper it's almost impossible to get it off. I used about 11 different colors on the banana and purple in the darkest spots.
The finished result again. I made a few minor changes to my illustration that did not exactly go along with my reference image. First, I did not add the small pinkish dots on my apple because I was trying to go for a more smooth color look. I also drew the strawberries closer together because I didn't like the space they had between them in the image I had taken. I also left out the white reflections on the strawberries.
Overall, I really enjoyed this project and using a new medium. I will definitely be using colored pencils in the future for some of my illustrations to get more practice at it.
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