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Portrait with Pencil, Color Techniques and Photoshop

A course by Beatriz Ramo (Naranjalidad)
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined March 2018
, Illustrator

Transform a classic portrait into a vibrant and modern illustration

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (467)
  • 6648 students
Portrait with Pencil, Color Techniques and Photoshop

Transform a classic portrait into a vibrant and modern illustration

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (467)
  • 6648 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 22m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Accompany the illustrator Beatriz Ramo, better known as Naranjalidad, in this course in which she will show you how to create a pencil portrait with exquisite touches of color. The technique that you propose is part of a classic style portrait to which a lot of personality is applied through a colorful print.

The journey begins with the search of the model and the references to create a patterned pattern with which you feel comfortable. Then you will make a sketch and on it you will apply the color, the details and digitize it to touch up in Photoshop. This in terms of the most practical, because you will also enter the portrait as an artistic format that seeks to capture expressions, feelings and even the character of a person and you will become infected by Beatriz's enthusiasm for this figure.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Search for references and how to adapt them to our project
  • U3
    U3. From the idea to the paper
  • U4
    U4. We start to draw
  • U5
    U5. Scanning and postprocessing of the project
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start knowing Naranjalidad, this way you will enter fully into your universe and your vision of the portrait as an artistic piece.

Then you will do a search of references for the portrait and for the botanical print that you will apply later. You will also see principles of color theory and notions of composition so you can make stylistic decisions.

Later, Beatriz will explain several methods to transport the sketch to paper including your own so you can choose the one you like the most.

Afterwards, you will start to illustrate. First the basic strokes and the dark shadows that will give definition, then the medium tones and light details that will give realism and contrast and, of course, some personal touch of yours.

The second part of the drawing will be to apply the color in the pattern. You will see Beatriz using a specific technique but you can use whatever you want. As soon as you are finished, you will digitize the image with a scanner or a digital photo camera; In Photoshop you will work light adjustments and retouches that will improve your overall appearance and you will export one file to deliver to the client and another one so that you can share your drawing on Instagram.

What is this course's project?

At the end of the course you will have made a realistic portrait in pencil with a finish based on a very colorful pattern and very personal little details.

You will make the illustration on paper and then digitize it to have a version that you can share on the internet or deliver to the client.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To any fan of drawing and illustration. Especially, if you want to discover a new technique to make unique portraits.

What you need

For this course you will need pencil, paper, any kind of paint, a scanner or a digital photo camera and a computer with Photoshop. Basic knowledge is recommended for this program but, above all, a lot of desire to draw.


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Beatriz Ramo (Naranjalidad)

Behind the Naranjalidad pseudonym is Beatriz Ramo, an architect and illustrator based in Madrid. Her work has been exhibited in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Shanghai, among others. Winner of the Oysho 2014 illustration contest, her work is characterized by the almost constant female presence, seasoned with atmospheres of nature, many colors, and light surreal touches. Her work is mainly defined by the use of pencil, charcoal, and watercolor, although she uses multiple experimental techniques in her works. In 2017, she published her first book, Tropics, with the Lunwerg publishing house.

You can also find her work in collaborations with IKEA, Vogue, Mr. Wonderful, Threadless or Hyundai, and in publications from Editorial Planeta, Penguin Random House, or Yorokobu.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Search for references and how to adapt them to our project

    • Collection of images and modification of the reference
    • References for stamping
    • Rapid color theory
    • Composition of our project
  • U3

    From the idea to the paper

    • My favorite materials
    • Proportions of our reference
    • Other ways to switch to paper
  • U4

    We start to draw

    • We start with the darkest shadows
    • Medium shadows
    • Details and highlights
    • We start with the color
    • To paint 1
    • To paint 2
  • U5

    Scanning and postprocessing of the project

    • Scanning
    • Retouch and export
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Portrait with pencil, color techniques and Photoshop

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Portrait with Pencil, Color Techniques and Photoshop. A Illustration course by Beatriz Ramo (Naranjalidad) Best Seller

Portrait with Pencil, Color Techniques and Photoshop

A course by Beatriz Ramo (Naranjalidad)
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined March 2018
  • 99% Positive reviews (467)
  • 6648 students