Paint with watercolors in a precise and creative way
Ana Victoria Calderón - Illustrator, Designer and Plastic Artist who has worked for Ray-Ban, Vanity Fair or Editorial Santillana - will teach you to paint with watercolor from a basic level.
You will learn to use watercolors in a fun way, you will discover the basic aspects of the technique and you will experiment with different materials from a modern approach. It is not about watercolor in the traditional sense, but it is a course much more focused on illustration.
About this course
You will begin to get to know the work better, the influences of Ana Victoria Calderón and the reasons that led her to dedicate herself to the world of watercolor.
Next, you will make a brief review of the materials that you will need to perform the different exercises that will be presented and their purpose.
Then, you will learn some basic aspects when working with watercolors, such as the different levels of transparencies, learning to control the amount of water, gradients or saturation of the paint, and the pulse and precision to start using the brush with greater control achieving fine details.
Once you have understood the basics, the moment will begin to experiment mixing the watercolors with other materials such as liquid paints, salt, chlorine as well as homemade materials analyzing their reaction.
At the end of the course, you will be able to elaborate a complex illustration applying the results of the experiments that you liked the most and other pulse and precision techniques getting more intentional details.
What is this course's project?
You will make an illustration of a nebula or galaxy using watercolor, complementary material and acrylic as a final touch, putting into practice all the exercises done during the course.
Who is it for?
To designers, illustrators, artists and art enthusiasts in general interested in learning to paint with watercolor from scratch, as well as those who want to enrich their technique.
What you need
To complete this course, no prior knowledge is required.
Regarding the materials, you will need: a block of paper for watercolor, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, watercolors, round brushes for watercolors of different sizes (it is important a fine brush to apply details), black ink, acrylic paint or white ink, glass for water (can be disposable), godet or palette of plastic or ceramic paint.
Optionally it is also recommended to have at hand table salt, alcohol, acetone and chlorine and a variety of inks and watercolors (liquid, tube, metal ...) that you already have but do not know how to use and they serve you to experiment.
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Ana Victoria Calderón is an illustrator, she studied Information Design and Plastic Arts, she is originally from Cancun and currently lives in Mexico City, where she exhibits and distributes her work.
Her illustrations are applied to prints, bags, notebooks, ceramics, kitchenware, greeting cards, book covers or cases, among others, around the world.
During these years she has managed to create a successful career based on her own "art lifestyle brand", that is, her personal tastes and passions have been integrated into her work.
She mainly sells her illustrations online and collaborates with some brands from the USA, Canada and Europe that represent her principles (art licensing). That is, she paints for pleasure what comes out of her soul and later these works take the form of different products that are distributed in different parts of the world.
She has worked for brands such as Ray Ban, Dr. Bronner's, Hallmark, Papyrus, Demdaco, Trader Joe's, American Greetings, DesignDesign, Anova Books, Galison, Studio Oh and Up With Paper.
Recently, she has also collaborated with publishing groups such as Vanity Fair for the new launch of Louis Vuitton, Elle Magazine illustrating the International Beauty Awards, the magazine Travesías and Editorial Santillana.
Her main techniques are watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper and her style is delicate and feminine, based on the mysticism of nature, the landscapes of the night sky or symbols of sacred geometry.