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Artistic Portrait with Watercolors

A course by Ale Casanova
Painter and Teacher. Valencia, Spain.
Joined September 2019
, Painter and Teacher

Learn a foolproof technique for creating watercolor portraits, from the sketch to the finished piece

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 67331 students

Learn a foolproof technique for creating watercolor portraits, from the sketch to the finished piece



English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 67331 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 43m)
  • 18 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Watercolor is a beautifully artistic technique in which patience and skill play a big role. Gifted painter Alejandro Casanova works primarily in this medium but also experiments with oil painting. His extensive experience has allowed him to develop a technique in which color and light are the fundamental axes of his work, using the superposition of layers to reflect everything from the shapes generated by light to the shadows on the face and body.

In this course, Alejandro teaches you to create an artistic watercolor portrait with this straightforward and infallible method. Follow his process step by step: composing and capturing the reference photograph, drawing, and of course, using watercolors to their full potential.

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jackiepencoed 31.10.2020 at 16:00

This is one of the best watercolour courses i have done (although the architecture one comes a close second!). The instructions were clear and all the techniques demonstrated clearly. I have worked with watercolour for many years but still learned so much. Ale was great - talks fast so following the English subtitles was a bit difficult sometimes, but being able to look at the video again and pause it made it easy. I loved this course!

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What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basic Materials and Techniques
  • U3
    U3. Drawing and Color: Grisaille Exercise for Skin
  • U4
    U4. Applying the method: Portrait
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know a little bit about Alejandro and his career in painting and watercolor, as well as his main influences and favorite artists.

Take a look at the different materials out there and learn basic concepts like proportions and volume of the head, forehead, and face before getting started on your drawing!

Dive into this technicolor whirlpool and tackle concepts like lighting, volume, and color using both flat and spherical pigments. Discover the difference between applying the paint dry or wet, as well as the different mixing techniques. Learn about color gradients and much more!

Try out a method for transferring an image to paper using a grid system before seeing how to work in grisaille.

Next, Alejandro talks about adding warm hues to balance the colors of the portrait and how to do color overlays. Find out about the unifying color between warm and cold and how to apply it. Also explore purifying opaque and semi-opaque layers for adding deeper tones.

Alejandro teaches you about different compositions and lighting for creating your watercolor portrait and shows you how to edit it on your tablet or computer to get a range of tones that facilitate the painting process.

Get started with a base wash using carefully selected colors, intensities, and brightnesses in each layer. Now get to work on the face, giving it personality by identifying and adding key features through layers and color washes.

Finish up by exploring resources to help you solve problems that may arise and add the finishing touches to your portrait.

What is this course's project?

Compose a watercolor portrait from photographs of a model.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Painters, illustrators, and anyone interested in portraiture and the expressive possibilities of watercolor.

Requirements and materials

No knowledge of drawing or watercolor is required for this course as the method is adaptable to any level.

In terms of materials, you need a watercolor set, graphite pencils, an eraser, different watercolor papers, paintbrushes of varying sizes, and a ruler.


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Ale Casanova

A course by Ale Casanova

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Alejandro Casanova was born in Valencia, Spain in 1981. He studied fine arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and then moved to Tenerife, where he completed his doctorate. In addition, he has obtained several national and European research grants and scholarships.

His work focuses on the body and the portrait as a justification for artistic expression. He paints in oil and watercolor, techniques that allow him to work quickly and develop figurative paintings through transparency and chromatic richness. His work has led him to exhibit in different cities across Spain and other European countries, as well as carry out his teaching work through workshops in Spain.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

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

    Basic Materials and Techniques

    • materials
    • Basic proportions of the head
    • The technique and color in watercolor
  • U3

    Drawing and Color: Grisaille Exercise for Skin

    • The drawing process
    • Grisaille
    • Warm colors
    • Nexus color and adjustment layer
  • U4

    Applying the method: Portrait

    • Choice and manipulation of photography
    • First spots
    • Defining face
    • Solving problems
    • Final details
  • FP

    Final project

    • Artistic watercolor portrait

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Artistic Portrait with Watercolors. Illustration course by Ale Casanova Best seller

Artistic Portrait with Watercolors

A course by Ale Casanova
Painter and Teacher. Valencia, Spain.
Joined September 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (2.9K)
  • 67331 students