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Watercolor Portrait from a Photo

A course by Sol Barrios
Watercolorist and muralist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined December 2014
, Watercolorist and muralist

Learn the techniques to create intimate and suggestive portraits using water, color, and paintbrushes

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (818)
  • 12063 students
Watercolor Portrait from a Photo

Learn the techniques to create intimate and suggestive portraits using water, color, and paintbrushes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (818)
  • 12063 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (1h 43m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

With water as the main element, the watercolor technique is closely related to emotions and movement. Chilean watercolor painter and muralist Sol Barrios expresses the variety and complexity of human emotions in her portraits through her painting technique and contrasting dark and light colors that enhance and frame the faces she paints.

In this course, you will learn how to create a watercolor portrait that is capable of reflecting the personality of a person or character using a photo. Sol teaches you how to mix your own colors and guides you step by step in the creation of your portrait. From the first lines to the layers of color for the face, to finishing off with the hair and clothes, even giving advice on how to frame your final piece to complete your portrait.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Starting the journey
  • U4
    U4. Details and strength
  • U5
    U5. We are arriving!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Sol Barrios, hear about her experience as a watercolor painter and muralist. See her most iconic work, some of her favorite references, and get a recap of what you are about to learn from the course.

Once you see all the materials you need and understand their characteristics, warm up your hand by getting to grips with a few techniques by doing some practical exercises. Sol teaches you how to find the ideal photograph to use as a base to paint your watercolor portrait. Once you have the photo, see how to transfer it onto paper in your first sketch.

Learn how to mix, create, and prepare colors, obtaining different tonalities. Then, start to paint the first layers of your portrait and Sol will teach you how to work the stains in your favor, by applying some of her professional advice.

Next, immerse yourself into watercolor and paint all the areas that are missing in your portrait, starting from the eyes, the neck, the contours, and the clothes. Learn how to combine different graphite techniques with watercolor to achieve a unique effect when painting hair.

Lastly, Sol teaches you how to add the last layers of paint to finish your composition and shows you how to apply a protector to seal your work. Finally, she shares her expert advice on how to frame your work, transforming it into a complete work of art.

What is this course's project?

Paint a watercolor portrait using a photo as your starting point, using Sol’s layering process to build the structure of a face.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For those starting out in watercolor, illustrators, and those that have made a start in the world of watercolor that want to learn Sol’s layering technique.

What you need

No previous experience with watercolor is necessary, nor do you need to know how to draw, but if you do, even better!

Regarding materials, you’ll need watercolor paper, round point paintbrushes, a flat paintbrush, a mixing tray, watercolors, black tempera, masking tape, a board or cardboard base, tissues, water, graphite pencils 6H and 2B, blender pens, an eraser, and a protective spray.


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Sol Barrios

A course by Sol Barrios

Watercolorist and muralist

Self-taught artist Sol Barrios has been painting portraits for around 6 years, giving classes, and taking the streets with paste-up murals. She started out as an art director for a cultural magazine, and little by little, she began specializing in the world of graphic arts to later flow into the world of painting through watercolor.

In her work, the contrast between dark and light colors is key, looking to put her faces in the forefront of her art, and define the unique characteristics of each human being.

She works for private art collections, has participated in many exhibitions in Chile such as FAxxi and ArtStgo, her murals can be found in the streets of Santiago, as well as in restaurants, studios, and homes.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2


    • materials
    • Watercolor techniques
    • Looking for the reference
    • Making the sketch
  • U3

    Starting the journey

    • Mixing and preparing colors
    • Painting the first layers
  • U4

    Details and strength

    • Painting eyes
    • Painting the nose, mouth and ears
    • Painting the neck and contours
    • Painting hair and clothes
  • U5

    We are arriving!

    • Deepening and completion of the work
    • Framing tips
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Watercolor portrait

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Watercolor Portrait from a Photo. A Illustration course by Sol Barrios Best Seller

Watercolor Portrait from a Photo

A course by Sol Barrios
Watercolorist and muralist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined December 2014
  • 100% Positive reviews (818)
  • 12063 students