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Learn to Paint Whimsical Portraits in Watercolor

——   Created by Irina Trzaskos

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Welcome to the "Whimsical Portraits in Watercolor" class! Whimsical portraits make great gifts, also, you can apply the skills learned in this class to a variety of creative fields : editorial and book illustration, branding, social media and advertising campaigns, stationery designs, custom and bridal portrait painting, etc.

 In this class I will show you how to sketch the ideas, draw and paint whimsical portraits. During the class we will paint 3 types of portraits:

  • Profile view portrait
  • Front view portrait
  • Portrait from the back - great for social media messages)

Also, we will talk about how to transform a regular portrait into a whimsical one using the creative approach.

I am looking forward to seeing the whimsical portrait you will paint in this class.

Have a magical day and happy painting!

x Irina

The course project

Design Brief:

Paint you own magical portrait from any view you like, or all three kinds of portraits. Upload the result to the project gallery of the class, I will be happy to give you my feedback.

Below you will the list of supplies and reference pictures for inspiration.

I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful projects, x Irina.


  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint (I use "White Nights" watercolor paints by Nevskaya Palitra color Red Ochre for skin tone)
  • Large soft round watercolor brush (#8-12)
  • Medium round watercolor brush (#4-6)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Tracing paper
  • Office or sketching paper
  • White gel pen, white ink or white gouache
  • Water
  • Paint palette 
  • A dish to mix more color
  • Paper towel
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol the kind you can find at pharmacy)

12 Lessons

1 min
free preview
2 mins
Class project
free preview
2 mins
4 mins
Drawing a portrait in profile
8 mins
Generating ideas
7 mins
Transferring the drawing to watercolor
20 mins
Whimsical profile part 1
5 mins
Whimsical profile part 2
6 mins
Whimsical profile part 3
17 mins
Galaxy portrait
13 mins
Whimsical portrait from the back
1 min

About the instructor

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Irina Trzaskos
  • 17 courses

Hi, I am Irina - watercolor artist and illustrator.

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  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
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  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 1h 21m of on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable file
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