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Illustrated Portrait in Watercolor

A course by Ana Santos
Painter and illustrator. Salamanca, Spain.
Joined April 2011
, Painter and illustrator

Learn to combine traditional techniques and digital retouching with Photoshop

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Learn to combine traditional techniques and digital retouching with Photoshop

Learn to combine traditional techniques and digital retouching with Photoshop
In this course, illustrator and artist Ana Santos will teach you the technique she uses to create her wonderful illustrated watercolor portraits, step by step. Ana enjoys the immediacy of watercolors, the spontaneity of results, and how easy it is to mix it with other materials or for mixed techniques.

In this course, discover her methodology, both analog and digital, which she usually combines in her compositions. Using a photograph as the starting point, she will teach you to immortalize expressive looks, melancholic gestures, and how to add organic or imaginative motifs to enrich your design and give it an original look.

This course is complementary to Experimental Watercolor Techniques for Beginners, also by Ana Santos, in which you can learn to paint with watercolors from scratch and that mistakes can sometimes be the perfect ally.

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What will you learn in this online course?

21 lessons & 20 downloads

9 minutes, 29 seconds
Framing and proportion concepts
12 minutes, 16 seconds
Basic watercolor techniques
16 minutes, 48 seconds
Let's start our portrait I
14 minutes, 17 seconds
Let's start our portrait II
14 minutes, 55 seconds
Dry technique II
12 minutes, 7 seconds
Textures to enrich the portrait
10 minutes, 52 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
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  • 21 lessons (4h 10m)
  • 20 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an illustrated portrait combining an analog watercolor process with digital methods to add the finishing touches.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Artists, illustrators, designers, and art lovers in general looking for new ways to create illustrated portraits combining mixed techniques.

Requirements and materials

You'll need basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and knowledge of drawing will also be helpful, although not essential, as you'll use a photograph to create your illustrated portrait in this project.

Regarding materials, for the analog part of the course, you'll need watercolor paper of different grades, brushes of various sizes, watercolors, white paint, graphite, colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser. For the digital process, you'll use a computer, a scanner, and work with a graphics tablet ideally.


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Ana Santos

A course by Ana Santos

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Painter and illustrator

Drawing has been her passion since she was a child and she did not hesitate to enroll in the Faculty of Fine Arts, where she specialized in Drawing and Graphic Design. She has always been drawn to the human figure, a preference that is noted in her personal projects.

Working with traditional and digital techniques, she is a specialist in capturing expressive glances, strong attitudes, melancholy gestures in her illustrations, which have appeared in publications of major publishers such as Penguin Random House, Editorial Planeta, and Roca Editorial.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and search

    • Search for inspiration (mood board)
    • Materials
  • U3

    Proportions and getting to know watercolors

    • Framing and proportion concepts
    • Basic watercolor techniques
  • U4

    Analog illustration process

    • Let's start our portrait I
    • Let's start our portrait II
    • Let's start our portrait III
    • Dry technique I
    • Dry technique II
    • Textures to enrich the portrait
    • Other motifs I
    • Other motifs II
    • Another protagonist
  • U5

    Digital image process

    • Scanning and composition I
    • Scanning and composition II
    • Digital Retouching I
    • Digital Retouching II
    • Digital Retouching III
    • Exporting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustrated portrait in watercolor

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Illustrated Portrait in Watercolor. Illustration course by Ana Santos Best seller

Illustrated Portrait in Watercolor

A course by Ana Santos
Painter and illustrator. Salamanca, Spain.
Joined April 2011
  • 100% positive reviews (4.2K)
  • 98686 students