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Watercolor Portrait Sketchbook

A course by Carlos Rodríguez Casado
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/23/2012
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Master the drawing and watercolor techniques needed to create casual portraits anywhere

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (878)
  • 18987 students
 Watercolor Portrait Sketchbook

Master the drawing and watercolor techniques needed to create casual portraits anywhere

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (878)
  • 18987 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (3h 30m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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The best way to capture the spontaneity of a person in a portrait is to do it in the moment, hence the passion of the artist Carlos Rodríguez Casado to illustrate using the notebook he always carries with him. Although he is a press and editorial illustrator, in his spare time he does not stop drawing in his notebook, having already created endless spontaneous illustrations.

In his other Domestika course, Caricature in Watercolour, Carlos teaches the keys to make illustrated portraits in watercolor for editorials and press covers; and in this course, he will teach you the keys to capture the essence of those portrayed and translate it into spontaneous illustrations. You'll do a series of exercises of portraits in watercolor "to take away" in your notebook. You'll learn everything from establishing the basic proportions of a face to adding color, and you'll discover how to draw a model in real-time.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction to live portrait
  • U2
    U2. Materials and proportions
  • U3
    U3. Learn to look
  • U4
    U4. From the eye to the paper. Drawing of the natural
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You'll meet Carlos and learn more about him and his fondness for portraiture and notebooks. In addition, he will share with you his artistic influences and references.

Before starting, you’ll go over the materials you'll need for the course and learn the basic rules of proportion. You'll use your notebook for the first time by trying various techniques and quick-drying materials to better experience the effects and results.

Then, through some exercises you'll put into practice the proportion applied to the face and see how to add the features. You'll enhance the lights and shadows to get volume, learning to identify them in geometric figures on the face.

After having practiced, you'll start drawing a person in real time. You'll start by making a frontal portrait with watercolor pencils, you'll continue with a side-view one with watercolor and you'll end up with a profile portrait combining both techniques. To outline your illustrations you'll use Chinese ink. Carlos will give you the keys to creating each type of portrait.

With the knowledge, materials, and techniques learned during the course, you'll be able to create spontaneous portraits in your notebook and enjoy your passion wherever you go. Your notebook will witness everything you are able to perceive and the way you interpret reality.

What is this course's project?

You'll make a portrait notebook of people around you, in watercolor, using the exercises seen during the course as a guide.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

People of all drawing levels: beginners or people who have a fondness for portraiture.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary for this course. As for materials, you'll need a notebook, pencil, glue, watercolors, refillable brushes, and watercolor pencils.


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Carlos Rodríguez Casado


Carlos Rodríguez Casado was born in Palencia (Spain) in 1993. He’s always been interested in drawing and art, the reason why he moved to Madrid to begin Graphic Design studies, leaving them later for those of Illustration.

He currently works as a press and editorial illustrator. His cartoons in watercolor have graced the pages of different national newspapers such as El Mundo, El Español, Interviú, Cambio 16, Líbero, and other international publications, as well as television media such as Movistar Cero, through a collaboration with Jot Down.

One of his pieces became the official image of the successful MTV series Teen Wolf, and it has been exhibited both in Times Square and at the Art Directors Club in New York.


  • U1

    Introduction to live portrait

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do in this course
  • U2

    Materials and proportions

    • Discovering materials
    • Watercolor techniques catalog I
    • Watercolor techniques catalog II
    • Basic proportions
    • Tricks to add traits I
    • Tricks to add features II
  • U3

    Learn to look

    • Light and shadow
    • Light and shadow on a face I
    • Light and shadow on a face II
  • U4

    From the eye to the paper. Drawing of the natural

    • Front portrait with watercolor pencil I
    • Front portrait with watercolor pencil II
    • Half-sided portrait with watercolor
    • Profile portrait combining techniques I
    • Profile portrait combining techniques II
    • Drawing to take away
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Watercolor portrait notebook

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 Watercolor Portrait Sketchbook. A Illustration course by Carlos Rodríguez Casado Best Seller

Watercolor Portrait Sketchbook

A course by Carlos Rodríguez Casado
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/23/2012
  • 100% Positive reviews (878)
  • 18987 students