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Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations

A course by Gemma Capdevila
Illustrator. Cardedeu, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/31/2010
, Illustrator

Learn how to create magical worlds in your illustrations and explore infinite paths through chance

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (236)
  • 7960 students
Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations

Learn how to create magical worlds in your illustrations and explore infinite paths through chance

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (236)
  • 7960 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 58m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Awaken your imagination and turn your dreams into reality with the emotion of watercolor alongside illustrator and writer Gemma Capdevila. The mysteries of the world and Gemma’s own passion for nature act as infinite sources of inspiration for her illustrations, which have been featured in publications by major publishers including Penguin Random House, Santillana, and Editorial Planeta.

In this course, learn how to create a watercolor composition with a variety of hands-on and digital techniques. Gemma teaches you how to control transparency, create gradients, and some unique ways to create amazing effects with different brush strokes. Soon, your dreams will be at your fingertips!

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Exploring the watercolor technique
  • U3
    U3. Start creating
  • U4
    U4. From paper to screen
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Gemma and learn about her career as a professional illustrator. See how she got started, discover some of her main influences, and review the content to be covered in the course.

In the second unit, dive into the world of watercolor painting. Start practicing transparency techniques with a series of hands-on exercises. Then, experiment with gradients, including wet and dry blending methods.

Gemma explains how to achieve a more organic color palette for your illustrations. She shows you the tricks she uses to achieve some amazing effects by exploring the use of white space and the textures of different paper.

Look for inspiration to experiment with various techniques and colors in your sketches. Then, get ready to draw your final illustration. Begin with a basic sketch, start drawing figures and elements, and finish by learning how to apply color.

Once you have your finished illustration, learn how to digitize it and share it with the world. After scanning your art, Gemma finishes the course by showing you how to add some final dreamy effects using Procreate.

What is this course's project?

Create a unique watercolor illustration that can be printed and framed, or shared on social media.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For anyone looking to get started in the world of watercolor painting or any creative professional who would like to learn a new technique.

What you need

To take this course, no previous knowledge is needed.

Regarding materials, you need: a set of watercolors, watercolor paper, brushes (a fine one for details and thicker ones for the backgrounds), a container with water, and a cotton cloth. Throughout the course, Gemma also uses some other easy-to-find household materials that may complement a specific technique.

You must also have access to a scanner and an iPad with Procreate or a similar image editing software.


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Gemma Capdevila

A course by Gemma Capdevila


A passion for nature and the world’s mysteries are essential sources of inspiration for illustrator Gemma Capdevila. Able to turn her dreams into reality through her drawings, Gemma combines traditional painting techniques like watercolor with contemporary digital tools to bring her illustrations to life.

Trained in illustration and specialized in publishing for children, Gemma has more than ten years of professional experience in the field of illustration. She is the author of two books (Un Instante and Vidas Secretas). She has collaborated on projects for clients like Salomon and the Swiss Tourism Office, as well as important international publishers like Editorial Planeta, Penguin Random House, Santillana, and Editorial Mediterrània.


  • U1


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

    Exploring the watercolor technique

    • Presentation of materials
    • Watercolor exercises
    • Colour
    • Textures and whites
  • U3

    Start creating

    • Inspiration and references
    • Here the magic begins
    • Let's do it
    • Color application 1
    • Color application 2
    • Color application 3
    • Retouching
  • U4

    From paper to screen

    • Digitization
    • Final touches 1
    • Final touches 2
    • Adaptation to different media
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations

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Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations. A Illustration course by Gemma Capdevila Best Seller

Watercolor Techniques for Dreamlike Illustrations

A course by Gemma Capdevila
Illustrator. Cardedeu, Spain.
On Domestika since 10/31/2010
  • 99% Positive reviews (236)
  • 7960 students