Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques

A course by Amy Pearson
Artist and Illustrator. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 05/05/2020
, Artist and Illustrator

Seamlessly combine graphite, watercolor, and Photoshop to create a stunningly lifelike portrait

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  • 927 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques

Seamlessly combine graphite, watercolor, and Photoshop to create a stunningly lifelike portrait

  • 100% Positive reviews (46)
  • 927 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 43m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Beautiful images that empower women are at the heart of Amy Pearson’s work. Throughout her career, the artist has developed a unique technique for creating incredibly realistic portraits that capture the power and strength of the women she illustrates.

In this course, Amy teaches you how to make captivating portraits that combine a variety of analog and digital techniques. Guiding you from initial sketch to finished work, discover how the blend of handmade pencil drawing, watercolor painting, and Adobe Photoshop has the ability to create stunning images full of color and character.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Creating the Portrait
  • U4
    U4. Adding Creative Elements
  • U5
    U5. Final Touches and Printing
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start your course by getting to know a bit about Amy and how she made the jump from fashion design to illustration. See some of the clients she’s worked with throughout the years and learn about how she uses Instagram to showcase and sell her work.

Amy introduces you to the different materials you need to create your final project. She shows you where to find inspiration and some of her favorite online sources for reference images. Using Photoshop, prepare your selected reference photo by adjusting levels and start learning some basic watercolor techniques that will help bring your portrait to life.

Next, discover the basics of a great composition by preparing a rough collage of your final illustration in Photoshop. After printing out the image layout, Amy shows you how to use a lightbox for sketching the outline of your portrait before offering some tips on developing your final sketch.

Start creating the decorative elements that will make your illustration stand out and learn how to import your drawings into Photoshop. Using some basic tools, create layers to add color and texture to your project. Begin adding backgrounds and learn some of Amy’s tricks for adding depth to your work.

Finally, get some recommendations on printing your art using Giclée printing, the ideal method for reproducing work with exceptional amounts of detail. Wrap things up by getting some ideas on how to hand finish your final print, including paint, embroidery, and metal leaf techniques.

What is this course's project?

Create a hand-rendered portrait by combining analog and digital techniques, including pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for artists, illustrators, or anyone with an interest in creating portraits that combine traditional and modern techniques.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary, but basic drawing and Photoshop skills are nice to have.

Necessary materials include a mechanical pencil, an eraser, mixed media paper, watercolor paints and brushes, a lightbox or a ruler, tracing paper, a printer, a scanner or camera, a graphics tablet, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed.


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Amy Pearson

A course by Amy Pearson

Artist and Illustrator

Based in the UK, Amy Pearson is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator specialized in creating art that combines analog and digital techniques.

Working with clients like The Beauty Effect, Nylon, and more, Amy creates magazine spreads, privately commissioned portraits, menus, and other projects that showcase her unique creative style. She is currently focused on marketing and selling her self-directed artwork as prints through different online channels, including her own website.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course?
  • U2


    • Materials
    • Finding Inspiration & Research
    • Photoshop Editing
    • Basic Watercolour Techniques / Understanding Watercolour
  • U3

    Creating the Portrait

    • Rough Sketching in Photoshop
    • Tracing the Outline
    • Detailed Pencil Drawing
  • U4

    Adding Creative Elements

    • Decorative Elements
    • Working in Photoshop 1
    • Working in Photoshop 2
    • Editing and Adding in Other Items 1
    • Editing and Adding in Other Items 2
  • U5

    Final Touches and Printing

    • Recommendations for Fine Art Printing
    • Final Touches
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques

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Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques. A Illustration course by Amy Pearson

Portrait Illustration with Analog and Digital Techniques

A course by Amy Pearson
Artist and Illustrator. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 05/05/2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (46)
  • 927 students