Hi, it’s Anna Mason here and in this watercolour tip video I wanted so show you how I painted the textured sponge part of this yummy cupcake. The crumb-like texture is really detailed
and can prove daunting when you’re aiming for realism – especially when working with
watercolour. How do you achieve all that texture without
your paints mixing into one-another – whilst still achieving a curved form to the sponge
shape over all? Well this is how I did it. I began by creating a drawing where I marked
out the edge of the sponge and also the most prominent dark shapes within it. Next I painted
the lightest tones within the sponge which are mostly at the sides where there is some
reflection. I used a really pale yellow brown mix which I made even more yellow towards
the edges. After that I painted in the icing and the blueberry before I went on to paint the
darkest tones within the sponge in little shapes under the icing and more towards the
centre where the sponge is overall darker. I used a small brush and some thick dark brown
paint. Because the pale layer underneath was dry these little scribbly sort of shapes I
made stayed clearly defined. With the lightest and darkest tones painted
I could work on the midtones. To do this I began with a watery and pale brown mix of
paint. It was paler than I knew I needed to get on these midtones, but working with it
paler meant I could work in layers to darken and crucially to add texture to the sponge
as I did so. So I applied the paint using little squiggling shapes with my brush – and
leaving plenty of gaps through to the paler layer underneath – especially at the sides
of the cake where the sponge was in reflection. Next I used another pale watery mix – this time with more yellow in it to match to the
hues I could see in lighter parts of the sponge. The layer underneath was totally dry so as
I applied this paint as a light glaze over the centre I didn’t loose all the brush
marks I’d made before. And at the paler edges of the sponge I left more gaps to the
paler wash underneath and applied in squiggles again to add more texture.
Once that layer was dry I did the same again with an even smaller brush and even more yellow
in the mix and once this layer was dry I applied another layer of the pale brown midtone mix
– adding lots and lots of texture by applying using the little squiggly lines with my brush.
And then finally once that was dry I could now tell that my darkest tones needed to be
darkened some more to be brought back in balance. So I remixed my thick dark brown mix and used
my smallest brush to darken those darkest tones and add even more squiggling detail
– especially to the central area of the sponge which needed to be darker overall. By working
in this way I balanced creating texture with getting the tonal balance right over the sponge
as a whole which that meant the sponge got a great 3D curved shape to it. I then went
on to paint the paper case, shadow and make a few more tonal adjustments across the whole
painting to really finish off the delicious cupcake.
I hope that’s whet your appetite for painting a cake!
A full step by step tutorial of this cupcake is available now in my online School.
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