Painting a Realistic Watercolor Portrait in Procreate

——   Created by Lettie Blue

From Sketch to Final Piece

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13
Lessons
2h 06m
Lesson time
intermediate
Skill level
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Painting a realistic portrait is much more than creating a well proportioned sketch and using a beautiful color palette. Our goal is to capture the likeness and character of a subject.

My name is Lettie, I studied Architecture and I’ve been an illustrator since 2012.

I’ve worked on a wide range of projects from architectural designs to video games, to children’s books, websites, I sell my illustrations on print-on-demand sites and, currently, I am combining my illustrator work with teaching digital art... I think it's worth the effort to take on new challenges and keep evolving. And today, is a good day for a new challenge! Yes, today we are going to paint a realistic watercolor portrait in Procreate. I know it can be intimidating, but I will walk you through all my process.

We will start learning how to choose a good reference image. We’ll talk about the importance of lighting and contrast. 

Afterwards, we will use the Loomis method to simplify the head into basic forms. We will learn how to make a value study in a traditional and in a digital way, understand the properties of color and several methods to create the perfect color palette.

Next, we will talk about digital watercolors. Since the techniques and process will be the same than with real watercolors, you will be able to do this digitally or traditionally. The choice is yours!

Finally, we will start painting our portrait. I’ll share with you tips on how to paint skin, eyes, hair, fabric folds, texture, and much more.

I’ve included in the “Skills” tab reference images, custom brushes, color palettes, procreate files… everything you need to start painting your portrait. 

Basic knowledge of Procreate is recommended but not required to take this class. Having said that, let’s get started!

The course project

For your class project, you’ll be painting a digital or traditional watercolor portrait!

Follow this steps:

1. Choose a good reference image.

2. Make a sketch.

3. Make a value study.

4. Choose or create a color palette.

5. Start adding watercolors using the glazing technique.

6. Upload your works in progress and finished pieces to the class project gallery.

I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

13 Lessons

0:02:17
Introduction
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0:06:52
Reference Image
0:03:14
Sketching
0:06:13
Value Study
0:04:43
Color Palette
0:07:16
Masking Fluid
0:15:25
Glazing
0:15:03
Aged Skin
0:17:16
Layering Colors
0:11:40
Adding Blue
0:13:29
Painting Fabric
0:17:06
Painting Hair
0:06:04
Finishing Touches
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Class benefits

24/7 streaming access
30 day money-back guarantee
Project included
Teacher Q&A
2h 06m of video content
1 downloadable file
6 peers to work with
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About the instructor

My name is Lettie, I studied Architecture and I’ve been an illustrator since 2012. I’ve worked on a wide range of projects from architectural designs to video games, to children’s books, websites, I sell my illustrations on print-on-demand sites and, currently, I am combining my illustrator work with teaching digital …

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