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Watercolor realistic portrait painting step by step workshop

Watch me creating realistic portrait of a smiling gir in watercolor. I show the process and provide you with comments.
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What Will I Learn?
Learn how to paint realistic portraits;
Get to know techniques I use in watercolor to paint skin, hair, eyes;
Learn how to work with watercolor layers so that they stay transparent and clear;
Make a flat painting look realistic and 3-dimentional;
Learn how to render light, make catchlights and shades;
Start noticing mistakes and learn how to fix them;
Learn how to control water and pigment movement;
Start enjoying the process and painting confidently;
7 practical video workshops of total 1.4 hours.
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  • Watercolor paints, 2 brushes (middle size and small), middle texture watercolor paper, pencil and erazer, paper towel, water, inspiration and muse:)

Always wanted to paint realistic watercolor portraits? Want to know how to make skin, eyes, lips and hair look naturally?

All these secrets and techniques I share in my course. I also show how to paint catchlights, reflections, work with shadows, values and midtones so that to make a face look 3-dimensional.

This is step by step workshop where you will see how I paint portraits, starting from pensil sketch to final watercolor layer with my comments.

It has interesting information for those who already work with watercolor as well as for beginners.

This course includes 1.4 hours of visual and audial lectures.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who already work in watercolor and wand to get different techniques;
  • Beginners, as it is very easy to follow me painting, listen to my comments and repeat all my actions step by step;
  • Everybody who wants to paint realistic portraits and discover different watercolor techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 01:38:34
Introduction lecture
8 Lectures 01:38:34

I introduce myself and show materials we are going to work with.

Preview 02:01

I show how I make a pencil sketch, mark catchlights and fleshtones and prepare my drawing to be painted with watercolor.

Preview 04:05

I show my palette and start painting my 1st watercolor layer. I give 3 colors I use to paint skin. I start painting eyes and lips. I also show how and where I reserve white for catchlights.

Preview 07:46

I make my 2nd watercolor layer, namely I indicate shadows, paint eyelashes, eyelids, brows, nose.

2nd watercolor layer. Shadows, eyelashes, brows, nose

Description: I show how to paint hair in a loose manner, without overworking it. Also I add more colors to skin.

Painting hair

I paint clothes of a girl, show how to render fabric. Then I make another layer on hair. Also make shadows more deep.

Painting clothes. Details on hair.

I paint reflections in the eyes and hair. Then I add details to skin.

Painting reflections.

I show how I check my painting for mistakes. Then I make final layer of shadows to make a face look realistic and the whole panting more contrast.

Final brush strokes.
About the Instructor
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Watercolor artist

My name is Tetiana Khalazii. I am a watercolor artist from Ukraine. I am self-taught. I have never attended any art school or course. I have been painting since 2010 and now I already sell my original work and participate in exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. My preferred medium is watercolor. I paint portraits, nu, botanical and fashion illustration.

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