Watercolor painting: Realistic Dog portrait, step by step

Follow me painting step by step and create this awesome watercolor dog with me without any effort
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Love painting? Always wanted to try watercolor? Already work with watercolor and want to pick up some interesting techniques and see a new approach?
Then this course is perfect for you!

More than 1000 happy students took this course and recieved just positive reviews and most important got lots of fun!
This is what my students are saying about the course:

[by Marina Savchuk]·

Amazing Instructions!

I loved this course so much! I have never been able to paint before, and now I have an amazing artwork done by me! Love it, thank you Yana! Looking forward to your new course

[by Carol Kiley] ·

Loved this class!

She is an amazing artist and instructor! Attention to details with explanations interesting and consistent. I got so many nuggets to help me with my painting that I feel like this course was worth a lot more than what I paid...thank you very much for the inspiration!

[by Peter Cook] ·

Highly recommended!

This is a wonderful and comprehensive drawing course. Yana is an amazing artist, and I feel very grateful that she shares her skills with me as a student. She is engaging, soft spoken, and keeping the listener interested until the last second. Doing this course really made me feel like I too can draw anything I want. I recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn how to make beautiful drawings!


I'll create a realistic dog portrait explaining every single step and sharing my vision with you on paint mixing and color building. I'll explain every single step I've taken and why. You'll learn how to create incredibly realistic eyes, how to paint fur, how to create volume and how to make our artwork alive. You will paint along with me during the entire course. And of course you're absolutely free to experiment, try your own thing following your heart and see what happens.

Everybody can paint and you don't need a school to start doing it! I will not bother you with boring school theory, we will start from the scratch and paint an awesome dog together. All you need is a desire, true interest and some patience. Because everything you create is your personal experience and it can't be "wrong". You don’t need someone to give you an assignment. As long as you follow your own vision and enjoy the process, that's all that matters.

I'll provide the reference photo I'm using. Feel free to use your own style of materials and ask me any questions you might have in discussion.

When you buy the course, you'll receive lifetime access. Most importantly, you'll have a 30 day money back guarantee (no questions asked).
So what are you waiting for?

Follow your passion, take a brush and go ahead ;)

What are the requirements?

  • Basic watercolor supplies are needed: watercolor paints, a soft pencil (2B), watercolor paper, and brushes (a large and a small round brush, a rigger), correction pen, paper towel, a glass with water
  • Basic painting and drawing skills are recommended, but not necessary because I'll lead you from the very beginning
  • How about a huge desire to Create and express yourself the way you feel? :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • capture the personality of the dog you're painting in watercolor
  • learn how to paint true to life: realistic eyes, nose, tongue, fur, emotions and expression
  • mix paints and create color balance. You will learn how to do layering and build up the color
  • pick up new tips for watercolor painting if you already know how to paint
  • find your own mistakes in a painting and be able to fix them to get the best result
  • feel confident in expressing yourself the way you feel in your watercolor art
  • start painting ALREADY NOW without hours of lectures, boring school theory and preparations. You will learn by doing

Who is the target audience?

  • The course works best for people who already paint in watercolor and want to learn other techniques, see another perspective on watercolor painting that is different from a traditional school approach.
  • If you are a begginer you absolutely easily can join the course because it's designed the way you can follow me painting without any effort. I slowly explain all my moves and decisions and all you need is just to follow
  • Don't want to be bored by hours of school theory? Don't need to spend time on preparing the supplies? Do you want to finally start painting and have result already today? This course is perfect for you! Nothing disctractive, just painting :)
  • Everyone who enjoys painting, trying new things and open for experiments

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction: first steps

Get ready to start painting: prepare all supplies needed.
Get the reference photo that we'll use for the painting.


Draw a rough outline of a dog. Learn how to place an object on a paper, use a light hand and short, quick strokes. Get comfortable with the paper you are working with. Love your sketch even if doesn’t look like a drawing :)

Section 2: Start painting: first steps

Start working with your sketch and add a first light layer of paint. Prepare an underlayer for a further coloring.


Learn how to work with the light. Fill in eyes, nose, mouth. Learn how to mix basic colors to prepare a base for a further painting. Mix paints without a palette.


Work on lights and shades. Build up first shady layers.
Shade the left and then the right part of the Dog's face. Learn how to see more color varieties than other people and break them down into tones. Check out the most frequent mistakes and find mistakes on your picture.

Section 3: Secrets of realistic painting

Work on the left part of the dog's face. Learn how to pick up the paint to create deep dark tones. Figure out the secrets of creating volume in watercolor.


Work on the right part of the dog's face. Mix the paint and build up the color to create realistic eyes. Work on fixing the shapes


Learn how to paint a nose using wet-in-wet technique. How to get a realistic effect of wet dog's nose. Learn about paint mixing to reach the necessary color of the dog's nose.


How to layer the first background paint. How to mix paints to reach a natural tongue color and wet effect. Learn how to find your own mistakes and fix them without damaging the picture.


Work on layering basic paint to work on a dog's ear.


Put the first layer of paint to create a dog's body. Create an out-of-focus effect. Work on a soft color transition. Detail the collar.

Section 4: Finalizing

Finalizing the picture by adding small details to make the dog alive. Learn how to create realistic fur and the stroke technique. Use the correction pen to create an effect of shiny eyes.


Use a rigger brush to work on tiny details. Deepen the colors. Bring life to your painting.
Intersting tip: how to check if you still have any mistakes on your picture.


Improvise by creating a beautiful background to your painting and creating a special atmosphere. Don't forget to sign your artwork ;)

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Instructor Biography

Yana Shvets, Watercolor artist in love with life

Hey, I'm Ukrainian travelling the world.
I've been passionate about art since my childhood and now can't imagine my day without it. I've been painting all my life and now my life is all about art and travel. Wherever I go I have my watercolor with me. I capture people I've met, places I've visited and emotions I've felt. All those stories are told in watercolor and I'm happy to share them with people.

I believe you don't a school to start painting. Because creating is about expressing your personal feelings but not just working in techniques. You learn techniques because you Want to learn them. You keep practicing because you Want to get better. And this is just your passion, desire to improve and create that drives you.

I don't follow a traditional school technique but prefer to listen to my own voice and paint from my own perspective. This allowed me to come up with my own personal style which is different from a traditional school approach. And that is why it's interesting.

I'd love to share my experience and techniques with you, please feel free to ask me any questions and share your artworks with me.

And thank you for joining me for this beautiful art journey

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