Learn the techniques for illustrated portraits in watercolour for editorials and press covers
Capturing the essence of a character only with water and color seems an impossible challenge, but the illustrator Carlos Rodríguez Casado demonstrates the opposite, showing his watercolor caricatures on the covers of important print media such as El Mundo, El Español, Líbero, or Cambio 16 y in international networks such as MTV with the successful Teen Wolf series.
In this course you will learn how to make a watercolor caricature of a relevant character with different techniques and materials to achieve an out of the ordinary style.
What's included in this course?
You will start by getting to know Carlos Rodríguez Casado, who will tell you about his career as an illustrator, the media for which he has worked and the artists and illustrators that he has as main references for the development of his style.
Together with Carlos, you will become familiar with the different types of paper, brushes and watercolors to achieve clean results, with good color intensity and that will last over time.
Next, you will search for visual references of a character relevant to you, specifically two images, one for the interior caricature and one for the cover. Carlos will be based on Patti Smith but you can choose the character you want.
You will make the sketch of the interior illustration on model. First, you will trace the format on the paper to find the shape that best fits the space. Then, you will make the first strokes of your caricature and, once finished, Carlos will explain how to color with a special level of detail in the eyes, eyebrows, chin, jaw, nose and mouth.
When you have finished it, you will create the sketch of the cover. In this case, there will be no defined format other than the limits of the paper itself and, therefore, the composition can be adjusted to your liking. In addition, you will learn different techniques to add final details to your character's hair and skin.
Finally, you will digitize your illustrations and make the final touches in Adobe Photoshop to prepare the image to be printed.
What is this course project about?
You will make a caricature adapted to a model and another to the cover of a magazine. In both cases you will combine Carlos' techniques and use the course materials.
Who is it for?
To illustrators, cartoonists and all the people who want to perfect their technique of watercolors and have an interest in caricature.
To complete this course you need basic knowledge of watercolor drawing.
On the materials, you will need watercolor pencils, watercolor paper, Arches and Hahnemülle, watercolor tubes, round watercolor brushes, a flat oil brush, scanner or photo camera to digitize your illustration and a computer with Adobe Photoshop.
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Carlos Rodríguez Casado was born in Palencia (Spain) in 1993. Interested in drawing and art since always, he moved to Madrid to begin the studies of Graphic Design, abandoning them later by those of Illustration.
He currently works as a press and editorial illustrator. His watercolor cartoons have dressed the pages of different national newspapers such as El Mundo, El Español; the magazines Interviú, Cambio 16, Líbero, and other international publications, as well as television media such as Movistar Cero (collaboration with Jot Down).
One of his pieces became the official image of the hit MTV series Teen Wolf, and was shown in Times Square and the Art Directors Club in New York.