Close-Ups Archive


Follow along in this vibrant watercolor still-life tutorial where you get to paint some real beets! Instructor William "Bill" Dunn takes you through step-by-step, and shows how to layer some unconventional colors to create a much more vibrant painting.


Follow along as Isabella Kung sketches and paints realistic fruit. We cover composition, fuzzy surfaces, shiny surfaces, masking fluid, shapes and much more in this simple - yet useful - exercise.


Stepping up a notch, we'll take a closer look at a different fruit - a sliced orange. This adds an extra layer of depth and perspective, as you learn how to factor the luminosity of the orange's insides in addition …


In this close-up tutorial, you'll acquaint yourself with a simple pear, and learn the basics on how to translate a real-life object into a painting.