US $19.97

Watercolor Portrait Painting

——   Created by Darren Yeo

Faces and Portraits

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Want to Learn How to paint a LOOSE and VIBRANT watercolor portrait?

In this comprehensive class, I share my entire portrait painting process to show you how to paint animated and colorful watercolor portraits in as little as 30 minutes.

Working out of a sketchbook, I simplify each step, and will show you how to turn a photograph or simple pencil drawing into a portrait. I will demonstrate for you how to combine elements of realism and impressionism to create a loose style when painting. This class contains four step-by-step portrait demonstrations.

In addition, this class will cover the following topics:

  • Using my two step process in painting a watercolor portrait - keeping colors fresh and vibrant.
  • Using essential watercolour techniques such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry in portraiture.
  • How to determine a light source, and the correct use of values in painting.
  • Materials - what paints, paper, brushes and drawing materials you will need.
  • How to sketch a subject easily by simplifying facial features into basic shapes.
  • How to draw different male and female faces freehand.
  • How to use the grid technique & tracing to transfer a photo of a portrait onto watercolor paper.

Demonstration Paintings:

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Village Ambiance by Alexander Nakarada |

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The course project

Find a reference photograph of a person known to you whom you'd like to paint. Using the techniques and processes shown in this class, transfer the drawing over to your sketchbook or watercolour paper, and paint with watercolour. Upload your project to this class! I will provide feedback and answer any questions posted in the discussions and projects.

Alternate activity: you can paint one of the portraits demonstrated in this class by following along with the demonstration. How about changing some of the facial features or trying some different colour combinations?

11 Lessons

2 mins
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2 mins
Materials Required
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8 mins
Drawing: Using Grids
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2 mins
Drawing: Tracing
14 mins
Drawing: Face-on Portraits
14 mins
Drawing: Side-on Portraits
29 mins
Female Portrait: Blonde Hair
28 mins
Female Portrait: Black Hair
17 mins
Female Portrait: Brown Hair
28 mins
Female Portrait: Side Portrait
31 mins
Finishing Touches

About the instructor

Darren Yeo
Darren Yeo
  • 31 courses

Hi, I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor, and I'm here to Mentor, Encourage and Inspire you in your watercolour journey! I like to provide as …

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  • Project included
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