Watercolor painting: Realistic Dog portrait, step by step
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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
3.9 (27 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,137 students enrolled
Created by Yana Shvets
Last updated 12/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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? :)

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 ;)

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
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Introduction: first steps
2 Lectures 12:53

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

Preview 03:27

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 :)

Preview 09:26
Start painting: first steps
3 Lectures 34:32

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

Create a background layer

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.

Basic coloring

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.

First shading
Secrets of realistic painting
6 Lectures 01:08:40

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.

Realistic painting: left eye

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

Realistic painting: right eye

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.

Realistic painting: 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.

Realistic painting: tongue

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

Realistic painting: 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.

Realistic painting: body
3 Lectures 31:05

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.

Small details

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 ;)

Final move: background
About the Instructor
Yana Shvets
3.9 Average rating
32 Reviews
1,826 Students
2 Courses
Watercolor artist traveling the world

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 was exhibited in Ukraine and Asia, I teach watercolor workshops in cities I travel to (such as Chiang Mai or Da Nang), I produce handmade sketchbooks for artists and write watercolor E-books.

I believe you don't need a school to start painting. Because creating is about expressing your personal feelings not just working on 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 style people start to recognize and 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