Contemporary Portraiture in Watercolor

A course by Nuno Pinto
Painter and Illustrator. Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal.
Joined September 2019
, Painter and Illustrator

Learn watercolor and drawing techniques to paint an expressive portrait from a photograph

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 529 students

Learn watercolor and drawing techniques to paint an expressive portrait from a photograph



Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 529 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 9m)
  • 19 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Watercolor painting can result in stunning paintings when combining techniques and colors with the organic and unusual movement of water. This creative process is precisely the reason why illustrator Nuno Pinto uses this medium for his pieces. As a specialist in watercolor portraits, he's also published children's books and collaborated with various paint manufacturers including Schmincke, Sennelier, and St. Petersburg.

In this course, learn to paint a contemporary expressive portrait using watercolors. Do a drawing from a reference photo and then learn dry and wet watercolor techniques for achieving a variety of effects. Discover tips and tricks for perfect proportions, colors, light, and shadow and paint with confidence!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials, techniques and colors
  • U3
    U3. Face design and first projects
  • U4
    U4. Full watercolor portrait
  • U5
    U5. Final details and presentation of the work
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by hearing a little bit about Nuno Pinto, what sparked his interest in watercolor, his artistic vision, and look at some of his defining pieces. He explains how he balances his personal life with his passion for painting and shares his main influences and the artists he admires most.

Dive into the world of watercolor by discovering all the tools you need for your final project and their characteristics. Next, learn a range of simple and practical techniques, from filling to combining colors, as well as light and shadow effects.

After studying the structure of a head and the proportions of a face, it's time to get drawing! Nuno gives you some tips for selecting the right photo to work from before showing you how to create a portrait that can be used for two different techniques: one dry for a controlled look, and one wet for a more wild and spontaneous effect.

Once you're happy with your drawing, get painting and practice all your new skills! Wrap things up by exploring how to finish off your composition by adding details to harmonize the overall look and how best to frame your piece to make it stand out.

What is this course's project?

Paint a watercolor portrait from a photograph of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in exploring watercolor and its many techniques.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary for this course as Nuno goes through everything step by step.

In terms of materials, you need some watercolor basics including paints, paintbrushes, paper (preferably 100% cotton), and some pencils.


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Nuno Pinto

A course by Nuno Pinto

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Painter and Illustrator

Nuno Pinto is a Portuguese painter and illustrator who was raised in Switzerland and has been inventing heroes and monsters since he was a child. He loves drawing animals and colorful objects, but portraits are his speciality. With a degree in history, he currently divides his time between building on his artistic skills, teaching, children's book illustration, and watercolor painting.

He has collaborated with paint manufacturers such as Schmincke, Sennelier, and St. Petersburg, among others. He has also illustrated children's books like Jota ginja, o quase ninja.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials, techniques and colors

    • Watercolor colors, light and shadow 2
    • Watercolor colors, light and shadow 1
    • Watercolor Filling Techniques
    • Materials
  • U3

    Face design and first projects

    • First project: direct or dry techniques 3
    • How to choose a photograph?
    • Second project: diffuse or wet techniques 2
    • Second project: diffuse or wet techniques 1
    • First project: direct or dry techniques 2
    • First project: direct or dry techniques 1
    • Face proportions and grid method 3
    • Face proportions and grid method 2
    • Face proportions and grid method 1
  • U4

    Full watercolor portrait

    • Adding colors and plan 2
    • Adding colors and plan 1
    • First layer and details
    • Pencil sketch 2
    • Pencil sketch 1
  • U5

    Final details and presentation of the work

    • Work frame
    • Final details and compositional balances
  • FP

    Final project

    • Contemporary Portraiture in Watercolor

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Contemporary Portraiture in Watercolor. Illustration course by Nuno Pinto

Contemporary Portraiture in Watercolor

A course by Nuno Pinto
Painter and Illustrator. Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal.
Joined September 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (33)
  • 529 students