This is a technique I learned from Andrew Loomis' book. I highly recommend it by the way. There's perspective and stuff. Draw a rectangle, draw a horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines respectively. The middle of the rectangle you drew represent the hips. I hope this "sort of" reference I drew helps.
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Yay, how to paint an apple! Or to be more precise - this is the way I paint in Photoshop. Maybe NOW you understand why it's relatively pointless to ask for a "recipe". I can't hold your hand while painting, I can't tell you which color is right, which is wrong. You need to practise on your own.
So, this tutorial is a zip-file. In it you'll find an avi-file and you'll see me painting an apple, I've made sure to include as much of the brush-menues as possible, layers andandand. I'm using a german copy of Photoshop. For translation, click link: [link]
I used a real apple for reference, no photo. By the way - I'm allergic to apples, anyone want an apple? Yes, it took that long to paint the apple! The file is 43 MB, so please don't download it like crazy, k?
I may sound a little annoyed.. truth: I am. I do like to help, but how am I going to help you, if it took me one full year to understand how to properly paint in Photoshop when most of you seem to believe that it just takes a few words from me and you'll be able to paint like Enayla? The program is NOT difficult to understand. What causes you problem is lack of practise and lack of understanding how color works. Please understand that's something I can't magically "give" you. You have to read other tutorials, books, train your eye and that's what I'm doing, too. I still need to improve, I really do.
So, now, grab yourself an apple and paint it '_'. Or a peach. or something else. Start small. Or really try to find out why some colors just don't work and why Photoshop is giving you so much trouble.
The brushes are a brush-set I downloaded from Tascha's page. I recognise some of those brushes which belong to others are from a german forum. I don't claim I created these at all.
And while you're browsing Taschas site, then take your time to read the tutorials, too. [link] There are veryvery useful.
Now, please don't think I'm rude. There is nothing wrong with asking me to help - but I'm no fairy. Simsalabimm. wow, what a long rant. Thanks for your patience and here is the link to the tutorial: