In this tutorial, you will learn how to paint a pineapple. All you need is a pencil, an eraser, painting paper, two watercolor paints, and a little water.
Afterward, you will find three pineapple paintings by well-known artists.
How to paint a pineapple – The tutorial
First, you start by outlining the pineapple.
Draw a vertical line that will act as the central axis of the fruit. Next, outline the fruit’s belly. Always be aware that you do not have to try to perfect the forms.
We decide to paint a somewhat abstract pineapple so that a flawless naturalism is not necessary.
Draw the top of the leaves at the top of the pineapple fruit. A few small areas may indicate the shape of the leaves. The leaves are mainly displayed with triangular or square shapes with unequal sides.
The skin of the edible part of the fruit can also be constructed with some pentagonal or hexagonal shapes. It’s best to look at a real pineapple and let the forms inspire you.
If you draw the shapes systematically from one direction, you avoid overlapping and can adjust their size well.
Now comes the fun part.
Mix a medium yellow-orange and a medium green with your watercolors. Paint the shapes of the fruit’s skin with the yellow-orange and the leaves with the green. Do not pay too much attention to the flow of color or the individual color areas.
Later it will look beautiful if the shapes have not been painted perfectly, and you have given control to the paint instead.
Let the colors dry before you continue painting the pineapple.
Now mix the two colors in darker tones. To do this, reduce the amount of water you add to the mixture. Thus the pigment concentration in color is higher, which makes it appear stronger but also darker.
You can see how the leaves look like with a little more robust color in the following picture. Especially the smaller leaves, which are placed directly above the fruit body, have been painted darker.
Step 6 (optional)
Take a toothbrush (or a bristle brush) and dip it in the green paint. Rub your thumb over the bristles so that a small paint spray lands on and next to the pineapple.
Erase the pencil strokes and now go over some of the areas of the fruit again with the orange color to increase the contrast and give the pineapple more intensity. Let your pineapple artwork dry, and it’s finished.
Learn how to paint a Pineapple by studying other artists
If you are looking for more realistic motifs, some artists have painted pineapples during the history of art. are some examples that may tempt you to experiment with the theme.