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Illustration Techniques with Digital Watercolor

A course by Ricard López Iglesias , Painter and illustrator

Painter and illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2018

Learn to create customized portraits with Adobe Photoshop

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 20930 students

Learn to create customized portraits with Adobe Photoshop

The secret to developing a versatile illustration style is not sticking to a single technique. Ricard López, better known as Ricardilus, has made that statement the basis of his work, and has found in portraiture the perfect canvas to merge and try out different styles and techniques. This has greatly enriched his professional life and has led him to take on all kinds of commissions.

In this online course, learn to experiment with illustration. Ricardilus teaches you how to create portraits from a photograph, develop it with analog techniques, and add color with digital watercolor using Adobe Photoshop and a graphics tablet.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 12 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 20930 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 4m)
  • 12 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Using analog techniques and textures as a base, create a digital portrait from a photograph.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for illustrators, sketch artists, and anyone interested in learning new techniques, both analog and digital, to create portraits with a unique style.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge of illustration is necessary, but you'll achieve better results if you have basic knowledge of drawing. You also do not need to know how to use Photoshop, since Ricardilus guides you step by step in the creation of your digital portrait.

As for the materials, you need different kinds of paper, brushes, and paints to create textures, a scanner or camera, a computer with Adobe Photoshop, and a graphics tablet.


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Ricard López Iglesias

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Painter and illustrator

The passion that Ricard López—better known as Ricardilus—has for drawing started when he was three years old and was constantly surrounded by pencils, crayons, and coloring books, but the decision to focus on illustration as a career only arose when he began studying art at the age of 16.

He spent one year pursuing a university degree in fine art. He later began higher-level vocational training in animation and 3D at EASD Pau Gargallo, as he was always attracted to the idea of bringing his drawings to life. During that time, he alternated classes with different illustration courses and finished up his degree with an animated short film ("La Folie"), for which he has received awards and recognition in different renowned competitions. The following year, he enrolled in Graphic Arts at the Escuela Joso de Barcelona, from which he graduated in 2017. He currently focuses only on illustration, alternating all kinds of projects with different art courses.

His illustrations are based on the female figure, but he is a faithful believer that a good illustrator should never get stuck in a single style, so he tries to discover new worlds and techniques every day. This has opened the doors to working with clients such as Penguin Random House and Editorial Planeta, TSL Jewellery in Hong Kong, Joyería Suárez, and SofarSounds, as well as the Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), among others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • Final project
  • U2

    Before start working...

    • Introduction to Photoshop 1
    • Introduction to Photoshop 2
    • Let's get to know the digital pen!
    • Creating our own digital watercolor brushes - Analog work
    • Creating our own digital watercolor brushes - Digital work
  • U3

    Preparation of our portrait

    • Preparation of a good moodboard
    • Creation of the composition of our portrait
  • U4

    Let's do it!

    • Digital pencil drawing - The basis of our drawing
    • Digital pencil drawing - Latest details
    • Coloring with watercolors - Base color of our drawing 1
    • Coloring with watercolors - Base color of our drawing 2
    • Coloring with watercolors - Shading and last details
  • U5

    Textures, filters and export

    • Application of textures for our work
    • Application of filters and effects
    • How to export your work efficiently and correctly
  • FP

    Final project

    • Portrait illustrated with digital watercolor

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Illustration Techniques with Digital Watercolor. Illustration course by Ricard López Iglesias Best seller

Illustration Techniques with Digital Watercolor

A course by Ricard López Iglesias
Painter and illustrator. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 20930 students