Dog Illustrations: A Mixed Media Technique & Using a Reference Photo

Elisa Ferreira, Illustrator | Creator of Lisa's Balcony

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing a Reference Photo

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Base Drawing

    • 5. Creating Colors

    • 6. Painting Stage 1

    • 7. Painting Stage 2

    • 8. Final Thoughts


About This Class

My name is Elisa, also known as Lisa’s Balcony. I love creating handmade illustrations about animals, nature, food and beautiful things.

In this class we’ll be creating a dog illustration using a reference photo and practicing a mixed media technique with gouache paints and colored pencils. You can also follow this class using watercolors instead of gouache paints.

You’ll also learn:

- How to choose a good reference photo for your animal illustrations.

- Two ways to create the base drawing or underpainting of the illustration.

- Some tips on mixing and preparing colors before the painting stage.

- A mixed media technique using gouache paint and colored pencils. (You can follow this class using watercolors instead of gouache paint if you want).

If you love illustration, dogs, animals and practicing mixed media techniques, this is a great chance to paint your own dog or your friend’s dog to create a unique present. You will also learn the technique that I use in my own animal illustrations and ask me for feedback or any question that you may have during the process.

The final artwork can be also scanned and used in other beautiful projects such as greeting cards, notebook covers, mugs, cushions, etc.

You can find more examples of my work here: Instagram



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