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Urban Landscapes in Watercolor

A course by Daniel "Pito" Campos
Illustrator and Visual Artist. Córdoba, Argentina.
Joined April 2016
, Illustrator and Visual Artist

Learn professional techniques to turn a real landscape into a wash of color and light.

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (2.6K)
  • 35765 students

Learn professional techniques to turn a real landscape into a wash of color and light.

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (2.6K)
  • 35765 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 55m)
  • 13 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Transform the world around you into watercolor by letting each stroke flow and blend together to depict a real landscape. Daniel "Pito" Campos is an illustrator and self-taught visual artist who always carries his watercolors with him so he never misses an opportunity to recreate cityscapes with splashes of color. Driven by a passion for urban environments and painting, his work has appeared in newspapers like La Voz del Interior and La Nueva Mañana, magazines such as Desterradxs and La Luciérnaga, and in the form of murals such as the one found in the Pasteur-AMIA subway station in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In this course, learn how to transform a real landscape into a watercolor illustration step by step, from the materials to professional painting tips.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Let's set the stage
  • U3
    U3. Let's start painting
  • U4
    U4. Post work
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet your teacher Daniel "Pito" Campos. He tells you about his professional career as an illustrator, watercolor artist, and teacher, as well as his self-taught journey to becoming a visual artist. He also shares his biggest artistic influences from Argentina and around the world.

Go over the basic materials you need for painting with watercolors, such as pigments, paper, and brushes, and then narrow your focus to look at the specific ones you need to paint an urban landscape. Next, search for what your teacher calls the "trigger," or the subject of your painting. Daniel explains how to find or take a good photo that you can use as a reference for your project.

Now it's time to grab your brush and learn a bit of technique. Discover different strokes and how to control them to create specific effects. Then, see how to get your paper ready for painting and sketch an outline of your chosen cityscape in pencil.

Lay the foundation for your final piece by painting a background wash. Pito guides you through the process demonstrating how to apply clean, even strokes from side to side. Once dry, build on top of the first layer with a second wash.

Analyze moving objects, such as people and vehicles, and learn how to portray them so they fit naturally into your composition. In the final stage, polish your work by adding some finer details and finishing touches to your sunny urban landscape. Daniel then shows you how to cloud the skies and turn that sunny cityscape into a rainy one.

Learn how to remove your finished piece from the backing board and get some professional tips from "Pito" Campos on how to care for and preserve your work.

What is this course's project?

Paint a watercolor composition of an urban landscape on a sunny day, and then transform it into a rainy day.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, artists, and anyone interested in telling stories by painting urban landscapes.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course, but basic notions of drawing and painting will be helpful.

The material list includes watercolor paper (300 GSM), watercolor pigments (either in tubes or pans), a mixing palette, paint brushes (a size 8, 10, or 12 round brush, a 0 or 00 long-bristled liner brush, and a 5-cm-wide flat brush or a large round brush), paper towels, paper tape, a 40x50 cm firm support, a container for water, and a spray bottle.


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Daniel "Pito" Campos

A course by Daniel "Pito" Campos

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Illustrator and Visual Artist

Daniel Campos, better known as "Pito" Campos, is a self-taught illustrator and visual artist who is wholly and exclusively devoted to the technique of painting with watercolors. During his college years, he studied architecture, and he believes that this is where his love for urban art took root.

You can see his work in all sorts of places, everywhere from bars and magazines like Servicio de Cable, Desterradxs, and La Luciérnaga, to the walls in subway stations like Subte B Pasteur-AMIA or Estación de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • Influences II
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Let's set the stage

    • Description of the materials
    • Find the trigger
    • What is a stain and how it is made
  • U3

    Let's start painting

    • Paper preparation
    • Doing the pencil drawing
    • Initial wash
    • Second wash
    • Mobile object resolution
    • Final details, people, cars and shadows
    • Transform the work to a rainy day
  • U4

    Post work

    • Disassembly, work care and conservation
    • Tips and advice
  • FP

    Final project

    • Urban landscapes in watercolor

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Urban Landscapes in Watercolor. Illustration course by Daniel "Pito" Campos Best seller

Urban Landscapes in Watercolor

A course by Daniel "Pito" Campos
Illustrator and Visual Artist. Córdoba, Argentina.
Joined April 2016
  • 99% positive reviews (2.6K)
  • 35765 students