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5 Female Watercolor Artists Who Will Inspire Your Next Creation

Be inspired by the work of these female watercolor artists who have just launched courses on Domestika

Watercolor painting is an ancient art form that can be traced back to the prehistoric days of cave painting. Mastering this skill requires great patience and embracing its unpredictable nature–some of the best results are the most unexpected!

The following five female artists have developed their own unique skills and techniques for incorporating this highly versatile medium into their work. Their different approaches and styles are testament to the wide range of possibilities that watercolor offers and why these women are ones to watch in 2021.

Sarah Stokes (@sarah_stokes)

Sarah Stokes is a self-taught wildlife artist who translates her passions for creating art and being close to nature into expressive watercolor compositions. Her work can be found in UK galleries like Whitewall Galleries and Clarendon Fine Art, as well as others around the world. Sarah has always been drawn to the immediacy and vibrancy of watercolor and “how it splashes, drips, and merges,” she adds. Aside from watercolor painting, Sarah also has a powerful eye for creating unique charcoal portraits filled with mystery and wonder.

Sarah teaches the Domestika courses, Artistic Watercolor Techniques for Illustrating Birds and Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere.

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Sarah Stokes
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Sarah Stokes

Amy Pearson (@amypearsondesign)

Throughout her career, multidisciplinary artist Amy Pearson has developed unique techniques for creating incredibly realistic portraits that capture the power and strength of her female subjects. Amy loves to experiment with different analog and digital techniques, blending pencil drawing, watercolor painting, and Adobe Photoshop to create stunning images full of color and character. She has worked on magazine spreads for titles such as “Nylon” and “The Beauty Effect”, business portraits, and is currently focused on selling her self-directed artworks as prints.

Amy teaches the Domestika course, Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques.

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Amy Pearson
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Amy Pearson

Gemma Capdevila (@gemma_capdevila)

Gemma Capdevila’s dreamlike illustrations have been published by Penguin Random House, Santillana, and Editorial Planeta. Watercolor is Gemma’s go-to medium for creating magical worlds: she has illustrated covers for books for adults and stories for children; she has written two books, “Un Instante” and “Vidas Secretas”; and has been commissioned to create illustrations for different packaging projects.

Gemma teaches the Domestika course, Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations.

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Gemma Capdevila
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Gemma Capdevila

Laura McKendry (@laura_mckendry)

London-based illustrator and artist Laura McKendry has developed an approach founded on curiosity and experimentation. Inspired by the natural world, she looks to what she says makes life fascinating, beautiful, and delicious: fruit, herbs, wild animals, the sea, the changing seasons, and much more. She works mostly in watercolor, ink, charcoal, and colored pencils, and her creations have been licensed worldwide for book covers, gift-wrap, homeware, fabric, greetings cards, and more. She has worked for such clients as Waterstones, John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Woodmansterne, and Profile Books.

Laura teaches the Domestika course, Illustrating Nature: A Creative Exploration.

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Laura McKendry

Luli Reis (@lulireis)

By creating expressive watercolor compositions, visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis looks to transmit her love and admiration of nature, documenting a plant’s full cycle from flower to decomposition. She learned from an early age to admire the colors, shapes, and textures of nature. Daughter of biologists and the granddaughter of an artist, her passion for nature translates into expressive watercolor illustrations.

Originally self-taught and now a teacher, her work has been printed in her own eBook, “Aquarela Básica: tudo que eu gostaria que tivessem falado quando comecei”. Her work can also be found in private collections and in print for several Brazilian and international brands. She teaches the course, Botanical Watercolor: Illustrate the Anatomy of Flowers.

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Luli Reis
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Luli Reis
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