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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 final product

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Artistic Portrait with Watercolors

Learn a foolproof technique for creating watercolor portraits from the sketch to the final product

English, Spanish
  • 98% Positive reviews (1.8K)
  • 42168 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 43m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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Watercolor is a beautiful artistic technique in which patience and talent are decisive. The talented painter Alejandro Casanova works works the technique of oil and, mainly, watercolor. His extensive experience has allowed him to develop a technique in which color and light are the fundamental axes of his work and works from the superposition of layers reflecting the forms generated by light, to the shadows on the face and bodies.

In this course Alejandro will teach you to make an artistic portrait in watercolor, using a clear and infallible method. You will be able to know the complete process of the realization of a work: the choice and realization of photography, drawing and, of course, the use of color in watercolor.

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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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Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basic Materials and Techniques
  • U3
    U3. Drawing and color: greyhound exercise for carnations
  • U4
    U4. Applying the method: Portrait
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start by knowing Alejandro, his career with painting and watercolor, as well as his main influences and favorite authors.

You will make an introduction to the different materials that exist and you will learn basic concepts of proportion and volume of the head, forehead and face, in order to start drawing.

You will enter the world of color in watercolor, learning concepts of lighting, volume and color, by making flat inks and spheres. You will discover the difference between applying dry or wet watercolor, as well as the different ways of mixing the color. You will learn more color concepts and the types of gradients you can do.

You will try a method to transfer an image to paper using a grid system. Next, you will learn to work with the grizzly.

You'll see how to enter warm colors to match the color of the portrait and how to make color overlays. You will know the color of the nexus that serves to unify warm and cold, and you will see how to apply it; also opaque or semi-opaque layers to clean and introduce deeper tones.

Alejandro will teach you different compositions and illuminations to make your portrait in watercolor, then he will teach you to modify it with your tablet or computer to get a lot of tones that will facilitate the painting process.

You will face the first spots of a portrait with a base color, seeing how to select the colors, intensity and brightness of each layer that will configure the portrait. Then you will configure the personality of the face by detecting and getting the key points, through layers and spots of color.

Finally, you will discover resources that will help you solve possible problems that may arise; and you will learn to apply the final details to your portrait.

What is this course's project?

You will make a portrait in watercolor from photographs of a model.

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Who is it for?

To painters, illustrators or anyone interested in portrait work and the expressive possibilities of watercolor.

What you need

No special knowledge of drawing or watercolor is required, since the method adapts to any level. Of materials, you will need a box of watercolors, graphite pencils, an eraser, different watercolor papers, brushes of different sizes and a ruler.


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Ale Casanova

A course by Ale Casanova

Painter and Teacher

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 continued his training in doctoral studies. In addition, he has obtained several national and European research grants and scholarships.

His work focuses on the body and the portrait as an excuse for artistic creation. He paints in oil and watercolor, techniques that allow him to work quickly and develop figurative painting through transparency and chromatic richness. His work has allowed him to exhibit in different cities throughout Spain and Europe, as well as develop his teaching work with workshops in Spain.


  • U1


    • 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: greyhound exercise for carnations

    • The drawing process
    • The grizzly
    • 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. A 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 (1.8K)
  • 42168 students