Mark Menendez: Fruit of the Vine Colored Pencil and Mixed Media Tutorial

  • Classical beauty awaits...

    A striking still life in the vein of old masters. Put your name next to the likes of  Rembrandt and Caravaggio when you learn unique drawing methods to capture chiaroscuro lighting, an age old technique of the old masters.

    Mark Menendez expertly shows you in precise detail how to render transparent glass, luminous grapes and warm glowing reflections with this dramatic lighting. Bisque colored Canson Mi Tientes paper provides the perfect base for the rich colors of the wine and wood. Plus, use a mixed media approach with acrylic paint, making quick quick work of the deep chocolate background. 

    Just 16 colored pencils needed. View supply list for this project >>

    Mark Menendez is a fine artist, illustrator and traveling teacher with over 30 years experience teaching art. You are in a master instructor's hands with Mark's tutorials!

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    Available in print and digital download.

    The print packet comes complete with line drawing, reference image, instructions and one 8.5" x 11" sheet of Canson drawing paper.

    Printed in the USA.

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Pauline T.
United Kingdom

Fruit of the vine

Quite good some useful tips on doing glass which is what I wanted. I enjoyed doing it

laura c.
United States

Good exercise in mixed media.

I had a great learning experience with this project. I have never mixed acrylic and color pencils and I was curious to see the results. Also, if you have never painted glass before, this is a good way to learn. I have two observations though: the cannon paper that I received had partially crushed the tooth and there was a line in the middle that I could not get rid off. Also, there is not a picture of the original Still Life included so, the reference is a painting. I worked in polychromes and luminance and was pleased with the result. That said, one has to be very careful with painting the background. I taped the bottom part and the edges, to protect them and some acrylic paint was able to get under the masking tape. So, it might not be such a good idea after all, to tape the edges.

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Sherrie P Roberts
United States

Not colored Pencil! - Mixed Media!

This is awful! This should have been Marked in Big Letters Mixed Media! Note: Items not included should be at the Top of the Page Not hidden on second! Or Third site of product. The ordering site should have another line that states: This Kit not sold with products required to finish this Piece! I chose the most expensive Kit! I assumed it was for EVERYTHING!! My reason , you cannot see that entire line- it is for a Full Kit. Again relabel His as Mixed Media - Partial kits ONLY! Transferred drawing on correct paper, a real booklet, and all pencils needed. Extremely! Dissatisfied with this Multimedia Product! It’s awful! This not what I thought it was! Why, do you send Candy! I know everyone does this silly - I have no words for it! It just goes to the Garbage Pail. I thought this was going to be fun.

Ann Kullberg

Sherrie, we are terribly sorry you missed what all was included with this kit. We do have it listed in the description, on the first page, that this kit uses mixed media - along with what you can expect to receive with this kit and a link to the supply list. However, thank you for the suggestion to make the use of mixed media more apparent - much appreciated! We have now added it to the product title. Here at we have a happiness guarantee - so I will be sending you a separate email next with further instructions on receiving a refund for your purchase.

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Marion A Brown

Revised review

I have revised the number of stars I have to this kit in the light of the explanation of why there is no original photo. In all other respects it is a very good kit.

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Marion B.
United Kingdom

Very good

I love this so far. Lots of pictures and clear instructions. My only complaint is needing to work from the painting rather than having a photo of the subject as well. I am rather disappointed. Your other kits all have the original photo.

Ann Kullberg

Thank you for your order - and taking the time to review the product - much appreciated! We are sorry to have caused any disappointment with this kit. In the decorative artist's world, from which Mark hails, there are never any true reference photos - only images of the finished art. We wish we'd thought of this - we did notice it, but since we are familiar with the decorative art world, we instantly understood it and didn't think it would create a problem. Mark is well-experienced in teaching decorative artists and those groups have been trained to work from a reference of the finished artwork - and not from an original photo. We are confident these kits offer a ton of instruction and you will still learn a tremendous deal. However, we are always happy to offer an exchange or a refund. Just let us know. Thank you, again! We truly hope these kits will delight and inspire you - even without the original reference photo.

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