Learn to combine traditional techniques and digital retouching with Photoshop
In this course, the illustrator and artist Ana Santos will teach you, step by step, the technique she uses to create her wonderful portraits illustrated in watercolor - a discipline that Ana is interested in especially for her immediacy, the chance of the results and her suitability when mixing it with other materials- and other mixed techniques.
It will show you its complete work process, both the analog and digital sides, which you usually use to finish your compositions. Taking as a starting point a photograph, will teach you to immortalize expressive looks and melancholy gestures and add organic or invented motives to enrich and give a different and original look to your design.
What's included in this course?
You will start knowing the work of Ana Santos, her commercial projects, but above all her most personal work. In addition, he will tell you how he got to enter the world of illustration and discover some of his references.
Then you will learn to create a moodboard, which will help you to collect the visual inspiration for your projects. And it will also tell you about the necessary materials to immerse yourself in the world of watercolor illustration.
Ana will teach you and guide you with different exercises related to the concepts of lace and proportion in the drawing. You will also learn basic watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, dry on dry, watery, etc.
To make the portrait illustrated in watercolor, you will take as a starting point a photograph that you will trace and draw to apply the first layers of watercolor on it. You will continue applying new layers of paint to gain volume.
Once the watercolor is dry, you will apply dry techniques such as colored pencils, graphite, markers ... Ana will give you some tips and tricks to highlight the important details with points of light.
You will learn to use watercolors to generate textures and you will make organic motifs that will serve as a complement and will help you to enrich your illustrations. Ana will also propose you to choose a co-star for your illustrated portrait and she will explain how to integrate it into your design.
Finally you will take all the elements to Photoshop, where you will make the final composition and add the final touches.
What is this course project about?
You will make an illustrated portrait combining the analogical process of the watercolor with the digital process, which you will use to make the final touches.
Who is it for?
Illustrators, illustrators, designers and art lovers in general looking for new ways to create illustrated portraits combining mixed techniques.
You must have basic knowledge of Photoshop and it is advisable to know how to draw, although not essential, since in this project you will start from a photograph to make your illustrated portrait.
With respect to the materials, for the analog part of the course you will need watercolor paper of different grammages, brushes of various sizes, watercolors, white paint, graphite, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners and eraser. In the digital process you will use a computer, a scanner and it is advisable to work with a graphic tablet.
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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. He has always felt a special weakness for the human figure, a preference that can be seen especially in his personal projects.
Working with traditional and digital techniques, he is a specialist in capturing expressive glances, strong attitudes, melancholy gestures in his illustrations, which have appeared in publications of major publishers such as Penguin Random House, Editorial Planeta and Roca Editorial.